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lewinp 04-19-2011 02:22 PM

Olympic NP and San Juan question
I will be visiting Olympic NP for a week this June, really looking forward especially to the seascapes and tidal pools. I think I know most of the hot spots, but if anyone has any must shoot locations I'd welcome the hints!

Also a question for anyone who has done a orca watching trip around the San Juan islands - I see NOAA has unfortunately imposed new regulations effective this May which double the minimum viewing distance to 200 yards for orcas. I was really looking forward to this trip, but wonder if it is still worth doing (I define worth doing as getting good shots, not simply observing). Perhaps someone who did an orca trip while you could get within 100 yards could share their thoughts?

Thanks, I appreciate any insights!

gvaughn 04-24-2011 08:38 PM

You probably already know about these, but my favorites are:
- Quinault Rainforest Trail
- Ruby Beach, Second Beach, Rialto Beach
- Hoh Rainforest (Hoh River Trail as well as Hoh Rainforest Trail)
- Point of Arches (incredible for tidepools)
- Cape Flattery Viewpoint
- Sol Duc Falls
- Hurricane Ridge (June is too early for the wildflowers, but views of the Olympic Mountains are great)

Here's a few photos:

- Greg

lewinp 05-29-2011 12:27 PM

Thanks Greg - appreciate the advice and love your galleries, wish I had more time to spend in this great area. Your sunset shot at Devil's Elbow in Oregon is a stunner!

I had most of these, will also spend 2 days in Columbia River Gorge, I am a waterfall 'collector' and it looks like some great ones, this Oneonta gorge looks very cool too.

Thanks and will post my shots second half of June.


gvaughn 05-29-2011 08:45 PM


I went by Oneonta Gorge a few weeks ago and it was choked with washed down logs. You might be able to scramble over them, but you'll also find high water due to lots of rain and snowpack melting.

The good news is that the foliage in low to mid elevation areas of the PNW is vibrant and lush right now, and waterfalls are cranking.

Have a great trip.

- Greg

lewinp 07-12-2011 10:16 AM

Appreciate the hints, will definitely come back, what a fantastic area. Unfortunately the weather was not great but I was still very happy with the shots I got.

Thanks again!


gvaughn 07-12-2011 10:51 AM


Looks like you had pretty typical late spring weather and made the most of it. I particularly like your black & white images of Cape Flattery.

A couple of notes on your captions: Sol du Lac Falls should be Sol Duc. The Columbia River Gorge waterfall with the columnar basalt and distinctive yellow moss is Latourel Falls.


- Greg

lewinp 07-14-2011 07:32 AM

Thanks, will update so other photographers can also find these great spots.

The Cape Flattery images were shot with a Lee big stopper (10-stop neutral density). Would have liked to make it to ShiShi.point of arches, next trip!

As you said, Oneonta was choked with logs, too bad because it was gorgeous but even getting to the start of the gorge would have required a swim through chest-high water then a loose log scramble, I did not see a safe way to do it - especially as I was hiking solo.

Thanks again and good shooting in the future!

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