Only 1 mile from the city center of Port Angeles, WA the Peabody Creek Trail winds gently through a peaceful little patch of the Olympic National Park rainforest.
Not only is Peabody Creek Trail (leashed) pet friendly, but its usage is light (which is nice for people like me with a reactive dog.)
Peabody Creek Trail
If you are heading up to Hurricane Ridge, the Peabody Creek Trail is perfect for stretching the paws after a long drive to the Olympic Park, and to wear off a little steam before hitting the dizzy road up to the Ridge.
There are several reasons why the Peabody Creek Trail is one of my favorites:
- It is super close by. The trailhead is only 1 mile South from the center of Port Angeles, which is handy for both visitors and residents. Whenever I want a nice hike in the forest but only have a little time to spare … BAM! I can be there!
- It is do-able. The Trail is only a ½ mile long loop (if you need more distance, Peabody Creek Trail intersects with other hiking trails.) There is some elevation gain to get down to the Creek and back, but there are steps carved into the trail to help.
- It is pleasant. Immediately upon entering the forest I am enveloped in its peace and fresh air. The trail is well maintained. It is gravel-y and lightly used, so it doesn’t get too slippery and muddy even in wet weather.
- The dogs love it. OK, so they are easy to please. But it sure beats walking on roads. Here they get to delight in tracking animal scents and sounds, walk on bridges and in a creek (if you don’t mind), brush past lush flora, and wonder at all the delights they perceive that we can only hope for.
Peabody Creek Trailhead
From Hwy 101, head south on Race St. After Race St turns into Mt. Angeles Rd at Park Ave, look for the Visitor Center sign. Turn right onto the Center’s loop drive.
The Peabody Creek Trailhead is off to the right (into the woods, of course) just before the parking lot. There a few picnic tables nestled at the tree line that may or may not obscure the Trailhead sign.
A trashcan’s placement sometimes obscures the sign as well. But you’ll see the trail near the picnic tables.
If you need more than ½ mile to stretch the paws, there are more hiking loops available. I think the Peabody Creek Trail is lighter traveled than the Living Forest Trail. Maybe because the Peabody trailhead is not as noticeable from the Visitor Center.
Pet Friendly – Dog Approved
- The Visitor Center building and its restrooms are not pet-friendly.
- The parking lot has very little shade on a sunny day.
National Park Service “Visitor Centers” (Olympic Nat’l Park and Hurricane Ridge): http://www.nps.gov/olym/planyourvisit/visitorcenters.htm