Port Angeles Harbor and Ediz Hook

Port Angeles, Washington

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In 2003, a construction project on Ediz Hook to build a state dry dock unearthed Tse-whit-zen (pronounced ch-WHEET-son), the largest Native American village ever found in the Puget Sound region. Much like Dungeness Spit, Ediz Hook was once a natural sand spit shaped by wind and waves. Since the early 1900s it has been built on, thus ending its natural life but also providing a solid foundation for a pulp mill, US Coast Guard station, bike trail, and protection for Port Angeles Harbor. A town supported by logging, a working harbor, and tourism, Port Angeles sits below the backdrop of the Olympic Mountains, and views across the Strait of Juan de Fuca of Victoria, British Columbia, and Mount Baker to the east. Also a hub of outdoor recreation, “PA ” as it’s known locally has good hiking, white-water kayaking, surfing, and, some say, the best sea kayaking on the West Coast.
Kayaking Puget Sound, the San Juans, & Gulf Islands

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Kayaking Puget Sound, the San Juans, & Gulf Islands

by Rob Casey (The Mountaineers Books)

In 2003, a construction project on Ediz Hook to build a state dry dock unearthed Tse-whit-zen (pronounced ch-WHEET-son), the largest Native American village ever found in the Puget Sound region. Much like Dungeness Spit, Ediz Hook was once a natural sand spit shaped by wind and waves. Since the early 1900s it has been built on, thus ending its natural life but also providing a solid foundation for a pulp mill, US Coast Guard station, bike trail, and protection for Port Angeles Harbor.

A town supported by logging, a working harbor, and tourism, Port Angeles sits below the backdrop of the Olympic Mountains, and views across the Strait of Juan de Fuca of Victoria, British Columbia, and Mount Baker to the east. Also a hub of outdoor recreation, “PA ” as it’s known locally has good hiking, white-water kayaking, surfing, and, some say, the best sea kayaking on the West Coast.

© 2012 Rob Casey/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Sea Kayaking
Nearby City: Port Angeles
Distance: 11
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: Part Day.
Season: Spring to Fall
Local Maps: SeaTrails Wa 301; Noaa chart 18468 (1:10,000); 18465 (1:80,000); port angeles tide table. race rocks current table (adjusted for angeles point) or the Canadian Current Atlas.
Driving Directions: Directions to Port Angeles Harbor and Ediz Hook

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