Things to do in Brinnon – Brinnon is located on the Hood Canal less than one hour from Port Townsend, Sequim, Poulsbo, and Hoodsport on the eastern coast of the Olympic Peninsula. In addition to kayaking, Brinnon and the Hood Canal area in general, offer endless opportunities to experience world class outdoor activities. Brinnon offers great opportunities for wildlife viewing; hiking; camping; backpacking; diving; viewing natural scenery and waterfalls; fishing; and shellfish gathering. Here we provide you with information on how to access some of these activities. If you would like additional information or need trip planning help please feel free to contact us. We are happy to assist you with making your visit unforgettable. See our Hood Canal Lodging and Camping page if your looking for a place to stay.
The best chance you’ll have to view wildlife is by taking an educational kayak tour with our Marine Biologist Guide. Our guide will take you to the best wildlife viewing areas and can point out wildlife easily missed by the untrained eye. Roosevelt Elk are often seen in the Dosewallips State Park and an amazing variety of wildlife can often be viewed from the deck of the Geoduck Tavern. Ask your server for binoculars! For detailed information on some wildlife you may see in the area, visit our Local Wildlife page.
Scenery and Waterfall Viewing
Brinnon is situated between the Olympic Mountains and the Hood Canal, so beautiful scenery is abundant. We cannot give an exhaustive list of scenic places, but we can recommend a few not to be missed. Rocky Brook Falls is only 3 miles from downtown Brinnon up Dosewallips Road, and is easily accessible. We also recommend driving or hiking up Mount Walker. On a clear day you can see down the Hood Canal, view Mt. Baker; Mt. Rainier and the Cascade Range, and even see Canada! For detailed information and directions visit the USFS Hood Canal Ranger District Office in Quilcene.
- Whitney Gardens is always nice to visit but our favorite time is in May, right around Mother’s Day. At this time the Rhododendrons and Azaleas are in full bloom and the gardens are just magical!
Hiking, Backpacking & Camping
Brinnon provides exceptional opportunities for hiking, backpacking and camping. We can’t provide an exhaustive list here but some of our favorite day hikes include Murhut Falls, Falls View Canyon, and Elkhorn. There are a number of campgrounds in Brinnon including Dosewallips State Park, Collins Campground, Seal Rock Campground, and Yelvik’s Beach. We are happy to provide you with tips and advice on trails and campgrounds. You may also visit or contact the USFS Hood Canal Ranger District for detailed information.
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