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Pet friendly in Forks

December 1st, 2012 by Lissy Andros

We get many people traveling to Forks with their pets.  Although it’s mostly dogs, we have had visitors come to the Visitor Information Center with a car full of cats.  There are many people whose hobby includes horses too so we can’t forget about them.   I’m sure other various creatures accompany visitors on their travels, but I guess they stay in the car.

When you live in and travel to a place that is surrounded by the Olympic National Park you learn pretty quickly that dogs are not welcome on most of the trails.  There are exceptions of course.  From the Olympic National Park’s Pet Policy: To protect park wildlife, to provide for you and your pet’s safety and to help all visitors enjoy the park, please observe the following rules:

Halle swims the Bogie!

Halle swims the Bogie!

Pets are permitted (leashed only, maximum 6′ length) in park campgrounds, picnic areas, and parking lots; they are also allowed on the following trails and ocean beaches:

  • Spruce Railroad Trail (Olympic Discovery Trail)
  • Peabody Creek Trail
  • All Kalaloch Beaches (from Ruby Beach south to South Beach)
  • Rialto Beach, 0.8 mile north to Ellen Creek only (day use only)
  • Pets are prohibited on any other trails, beaches, in the park’s designated wilderness, in public buildings or in boats on park rivers.

But don’t get discouraged!  If you want to take your best friend with you, and want them to have as much fun as you, Forks is for you!

There are many pet friendly places that do welcome your dog (and cat I suppose).  There are local lodging establishments that welcome furry four legged guests.  I spoke to visitors this week that were traveling with their 5 huskies, came to town with no reservations and got right in at Quileute Oceanside Resort, no problem!  And First Beach in La Push is a popular destination for locals and visitors to take their pups for a romp on the beach.  There are stores in town like True Value, that make sure they are amply stocked with dog biscuits, right at nose height.  Twilight Tours by Team Forks will let you bring your pup along on a Twilight tour.  Let me guess – your dog is team Jacob?

If you want a short excursion while you are in town, check out Olympic Natural Resources Center located just south of the Visitor Information Center.  They have numerous trails and a scenic overlook of Forks.  Bear and cougar have been spotted, but not often.  The ‘Trail of Senses Interpretive Hike’ at the Elk Creek Conservation Area on Calawah Way is just minutes from downtown.  The Olympic National Forest is very pet friendly and invites you to walk your dog on their trails.  Mt. Muller boasts outstanding views of the Sol Duc Valley, Lake Crescent, and the Olympic Mountain Ranges.  It is also home to the Littleton Horse Camp and a wonderful 13 mile loop trail with an excellent equestrian campground.  The ONF also offers the Bogachiel Rainforest Trail, just south of Forks.  The trail can get a bit muddy during the rainy season, but is a great way to see the rainforest without going all the way to the Hoh.  Although keeping your dog on leash at all times is best (“lots of wildlife in them thar hills”), they trust you will use your best judgment.

Clallam County invites you to enjoy their parks – Quillayute River, Lake Pleasant, Pillar Point, Salt Creek and others.  They do require that you keep your dog on a leash (8 foot maximum.)

One business we could really use in Forks that we don’t have is a 24 hour dog wash.  Wouldn’t that be nice?

And of course, last but not least – please bring your baby into the Forks Visitor Information Center so we can meet them.  We are pet friendly in Forks!

Zorbing in Forks, Washington… well almost!

February 10th, 2012 by contributor

Cojones NW… you gotta HAVE ’em to RIDE ’em!

We are Debbie & Randy Bennett of Team Forks Twilight tours of Forks.. we would like to get the word out on a new venture we are starting in response to a frequent query from “our” tourists : Now what is there to do ?

We can pretty much guarantee there’s nothing else like this around.

We aren’t officially open just yet, the grand opening is March 1st, 2012 and the hours will be : noon to dusk – Thursday thru Sunday at first.

The following “letter” covers the gist of it.

I was following my good friend’s advice by traveling to the tiny “town” of Beaver.

Beaver is THE tinyest town ever… and it’s just a wolfs leap from Forks, the famous home of all things “twilight” on the beautiful Olympic Peninsula of Washington state.

My destination has the thought provoking name of “Cojones NW” and the promise of “a thrill outside the ordinary”… “something waaay different” , according to my buddy.

After an absolutely GORGEOUS drive thru northwest Washington, I arrived at their facility on a hillside overlooking an equally gorgeous valley, with sweeping views of evergreens ascending the nearby mountains which enveloped us..
Here I learned the details of my adventure :   Big Ball, me in it, zoom !

Well, I am up for almost ANYTHING that promises diversion from the workaday world, and the additional promise of outrageous excitement works for me.
sooo, while waiting my turn,

I watched as eagles rode the air currents overhead, ….also I had been told that several different herds of Roosevelt elk roamed this property & I could see evidence of that.

I also laughed myself silly at the antics of those taking their “spin” ahead of me, just watching the boarding procedure is hilarious, and then there’s the varying degrees of terror on their faces as they are launched .   The screams were mixed with laughter.
That those same faces registered glee ( not just relief ) at the landing pad made me excited to get to it myself. Soon enough, it was my turn to climb the 23 degree slope to the rooftop launch, and perform a running leap at the entrance of my strange “ride”.

The sounds of laughter proved others enjoyed my performance.

I finally found myself securely inside a bubble, a large inner chamber itself suspended within a huge, ten foot, hundred and fifty pound sphere of clear plastic.
There are two tunnel entrances, which can be closed or open.

This gorgeous day I have chosen to ride in my shorts and selected the option of the addition of five gallons of warm water to my bubble, so I am not in a harness, I am FREE to slosh around..

I am about to be launched from Cojones NW’s 16′ high staging area .. the view is really intense from up here….oh my…oh crap….whooaaa…. WHEEE… here I GO …gaining speed while rolling down the 40′ ramp on the whackest, funnest waterslide ride I have ever had, (because with the addition of the h2o, you slosh around on the bottom as the ball rolls..) all the looong way down the specially designed 600′ track.

Gravity is in complete control, and there are no brakes … my squirming and screaming does seem to have some effect, however …
No worries, even if ya go “dry”… the balls wash up nicely with just a hose.

All in all, a very good day, sure to be repeated. These guys are very reasonable.. they charge less than half the cost per ride as the New Zealand site does..

I will drag friends and family next times, so as not to be laughed at only by strangers….

This activity was invented by Dwayne van der Sluis and Andrew Akers in New Zealand in 1995 as something exciting for tourists to do once they became jaded with bungee jumping.
What they call Zorbing has large numbers of enthusiastic participants, not only in New Zealand but also in the US, Europe and elsewhere.

We here at Cojones NW are delighted to offer an American version of this outrageous, addictive, and also very affordable adventure.

Cojones NW
60 Magnolia Rd., Beaver, WA  98305

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Forks Athletic & Aquatic Club

December 13th, 2011 by contributor

faac gym
Forks Athletic & Aquatic Club is having their Grand Opening Celebration December 17th – December 23rd 2011. There will be specials on rates (monthly and yearly), juice samples from The Juice Bar, facility tours, membership orientations on weights and more. The membership rate during the Grand Opening will be $30 per month or $325 per year. This includes use of pool, weights, cardio equipment and classes. Located on Maple Avenue, the club will feature cardio equipment such as treadmills, exercise bikes and step machines, free weights, resistance machines, spin classes, aerobics and more. The club will be open 24/7 and the pool will be open 5am – 9pm with lifeguards on duty. Locker rooms for men and women, baby sitting in the evenings and The Juice Bar are some of the amenities they offer.


Ruby Swagerty, owner of Forks Athletic & Aquatic Club, said family swim will be offered in the evenings to members. She is contacting local lodging establishments and for a fee will offer day use of the club to visitors to Forks. Ruby has been working in the fitness industry since she was 19 years old and loves teaching people about good health.

Last Chance Salmon Derby – Oct. 1 & 2

October 6th, 2011 by contributor

winners 2011 close-up - webWinners from left to right: Willard Quinn (Bainbridge Island) 32.4 lb Chinook; Tom Torgeson (Fox Island) 31.9lb Chinook; Brian Short (Kingston) 28.3lb Chinook; Steve Brower (Forks) 12.9lb Coho; Don Sandstrom (Spokane) 12.4lb Coho; Wilson Easton (Port Angeles) 16.1lb Coho; Gary Keenan (Tracyton) 15.2lb bottom fish.
The Last Chance Salmon Derby was held on October 1st & 2nd at La Push. This fun event is co-sponsored each year by the City of Forks, the Forks Chamber of Commerce and the Quileute Tribe.

The Derby was well attended with 105 tickets sold.  The weather forecast wasn’t favorable early in the week so that probably kept some fishermen away.  The waves weren’t as bad Saturday as they were predicting, but still bad.  Sunday was calmer but colder and it did not rain which was most helpful.  As far as the leader board went, Wilson Easton stayed on top the whole time.  He and his dad, Dave Easton brought the first two fish in, the elder Easton with a Chinook.  They were the first two on the board.  The fish came in slow and steady and the leader board kept changing.  At one time a young lady, McKenna Minnoch (9 years old) was on the board with a coho.   She was presented with a special “Sportsman” award.

It was dramatic towards the cutoff on Sunday when Tom Torgeson brought in a Chinook at 11:59 knocking off the third place and putting him in second place.  The derby ended at noon on Sunday.

At the end of the derby there was a great drawing for ticket holders with many great donations from our sponsors and local merchants. It was most fortunate that the weather and current cooperated well enough that the derby went as planned without any cancellations or curtailments. Congratuations to this year’s winners!


Start Your Engines!

May 16th, 2011 by contributor

Gentlemen and Ladies it is time to “Start Your Engines” as another season of West End Thunder drags is fast approaching. The first race of the season is set for May 21st and 22nd. Hopefully the weather has rained itself out and sunshine will make an appearance along with all the mean machines that have been sitting around all winter.

nova inside

Hop in the seat and hit the eighth mile!

Goosebumped Beach Bum

May 11th, 2011 by contributor

pemco While spring still seems to be unavailable, a trip to the beach can be a little chilly. So, the marketing people for Pemco Insurance have hit on some more Northwest humor, with their Northwest Profile #38-Goosebumped Beach Bum. This actually reflects many trips I have enjoyed. But what the heck the scenery is outstanding and the crowds are usually few, put on some warm clothes and enjoy!


Fishing Opportunities In The Forks Area

April 23rd, 2011 by contributor

There are many fishing opportunities in the Forks area. You can go fishing on some of the wild rivers here on the Olympic Peninsula or take a charter out for ocean fishing. For a list of fishing guides, click photos web

Forks Airport Elk

December 10th, 2010 by contributor


Across the street from the Forks Information Center on the airport runway, a herd of elk gather daily for weeks at a time, then disappear for months, then reappear. We wonder if they notice all the activity going on at 1411 South Forks Avenue, better known as the VIC. We think it likely some of these things have occurred to them:

*Sure a lot of vehicles going in and out of that parking lot over there. And many of those cars have writing on them, like “Team Edward” or “Telk_butts_in_forks_11-3-08eam Jacob” or “La Push or bust” or “Vampires Rule, Werewolves Drool.”

*Lots of lights flasing across the street. What’s a “camera?”

*Seems to me there are a lot of youngish visitors climbing out of their cars and squealing. I wonder if they are squealing about me?

*Sure would like to sample the grass over there. It looks greener.

*I don’t understand why people over there are always staring at us. Haven’t they ever seen a hairy, antlered, grass-munching four-legged animal before?

*I think I’ll turn around and let them see how I look from the back

(Contributed by Marcia Bingham, Director, Forks Chamber of Commerce)

Forks Skatepark Makes Top 10

June 5th, 2010 by contributor

2012011945_nwwskateparks03The Seattle Times has rated the top 10 western Washington skateboard parks and Forks’ Tillicum Park facility has been ranked number 8! Features include beautiful mosaic tile work in the bowl, a free-floating quarter pipe and brick banks. The skatepark was built by Grindline and a whole lot of community involvement.

Pioneers’ Path Photo Gallery

February 4th, 2010 by contributor

pioneers--path-trailThis little trail has something for everyone!

  • Wide, level and only about 0.3 mile long
  • Located in Klahowya Campground–right off US Highway 101 at about milepost 212–convenient place for a quick break
  • Borders scenic Sol Duc River–winds through old homestead site
  • Crosses historic Snider-Jackson trail
  • Interesting and informative interpretive signs along the way

Our photo gallery slideshow takes you on a quick tour around this fun loop trail.

Trail Moving West

January 8th, 2010 by contributor

Trail moving west

It’s encouraging to see that the West End now has a paved 6-mile section of the Olympic Discovery Trail in place. Although it’s still “closed for construction,” this first-class section of trail extends through the forest from the Camp David Jr. Road end of the Spruce Railroad Trail, on Lake Crescent, to the top of Fairholm Hill. The Olympic Discovery Trail itself will eventually go the entire 100-mile distance from Port Townsend, through Sequim, Port Angeles, Joyce, Forks and LaPush, to the Pacific Ocean.

Twilight Geocaching

April 17th, 2009 by contributor

3x3sticker_144-3Can’t decide how to spend your time in Forks–Geocaching or Twilighting? You know who you are! Here’s the perfect solution: Forks’ newest Geocache has a Twilight theme!! If you’re not familiar with Geocaching, it’s basically a worldwide hide-and-seek game played with GPS receivers. It’s easy (and free) to get started with Geocaching.
This particular cache takes you on a tour of local Twilight hot-spots–gathering clues along the way that lead to the final cache. We haven’t tried the cache yet, but it looks like it will be lots o’ fun. (We’re waiting for it to be even rainier before we try it . . . .) If you do the cache–especially if you’re new to caching–remember to leave the cache in better condition than you find it–watch for muggles, re-hide well and trade up. TFTC Blue Power Ranger!

Happy Birthday Whittaker Brothers!

February 10th, 2009 by contributor

Happy Birthday!Forks and the entire West End of the Olympic Peninsula extend hearty “HAPPY BIRTHDAY” wishes to world-famous mountain-climbing twins Jim and Lou Whittaker, who turned 80 yesterday!! This article in today’s Seattle Post-Intelligencer (written by David Andriesen with photo by Scott Eklund) touches on some of these local heroes’ incredible life achievements. While, in the interest of the family’s privacy, we’re not going to say much, we’re proud to say that Jim and his wife, Diane Roberts, are Olympic Peninsula residents and have ties with Forks and the West End. It would be difficult to imagine anyone, more than Jim and Lou, embodying the true spirit of the Pacific Northwest–fun, adventure, health, appreciation of the outdoors, entrepreneurship, statesmanship, philanthropy, leadership–and so much more. We’re hoping we can keep up with them for the next few decades. Here’s to many, many more!!