Dog Lover’s Guide to the Olympic Peninsula

In EXPLORATIONS

Your dog is a part of your family and you wouldn’t want to leave him behind. Luckily, the Olympic Peninsula is a dog-friendly region with lots of Fido-friendly hikes, eateries with outdoor dining so you can bring your pet along, and luxurious accommodations that are pet friendly. With a little bit of planning you can tour Olympic National Park and hit all the best attractions with your favorite little buddy right alongside you. Here is everything you need to know about touring the Olympic Peninsula with your dog. 

Exploring Olympic National Park with a Dog

Even though the Pacific Northwest is incredibly dog-friendly, Olympic National Park has some base rules about dogs within the park. You are allowed to bring your little buddy into the park and he/she can drive around and sight see right alongside you, but there are restrictions on areas where you can or cannot bring your pup.    Due to the fragile wildlife in the park, dogs are only allowed on certain trails and must be kept on leash at all times. Dog-friendly trails inside the park include Peabody Creek Trail, Rialto Beach to Ellen Creek, Madison Falls Trail, Spruce Road Trail, and July Creek Loop Trail. As wildlife moves throughout the park, the rangers may open and close trails accordingly so check with the National Parks Service before you plan your trip.   

Food with Fido

After a long day of hiking and exploring the beaches, mountains, and rainforests of the peninsula, you’re probably going to be hungry. Luckily, there are plenty of dog-friendly eateries all across the peninsula that will surely hit the spot.    Barhop Brewing & Artisanal Pizza in Port Angeles: From juicy IPAs to soul-warming stouts, and crisp refreshing pilsners, if you are looking for a beer, then Barhop Brewing & Artisanal Pizza is the place you want to go. Grab a brew and a handmade pizza with the tastiest sourdough crust you’ll ever taste and relax in their waterfront biergarten. Fido can’t come inside, but with views like this, you’ll want to enjoy your lunch on their pet-friendly waterfront patio anyways.  Smuggler’s Landing in Port Angeles: A longtime Olympic Peninsula tradition is to make a stop at Smuggler’s Landing, a casual pub right next door to the Black Ball Ferry Landing in downtown Port Angeles. Sit on the deck and watch the ferries come and go at this dog-friendly eatery.  Old Whiskey Mill in Port Townsend: Situated right on Water Street in downtown, Old Whiskey Mill is one of the best places to grab a bite on the peninsula. Their outdoor seating not only allows you to bring your pup along, but lets you take in the unique atmosphere of this historic city.  Granny’s Cafe by Crescent Lake: Since 1956, Granny’s Cafe on Highway 101 is one of those roadside gems that will make you feel at home from the second you walk in. Grab a slice of pie or a soft serve for a mid afternoon pick-me-up or lunch in between kayak excursions and waterfall explorations.   

Best Hikes for Dogs

There are some hikes on the peninsula that dogs are simply not allowed, on leash or off. Luckily for you, we not only know of which hikes allow dogs, but the best ones that you and your pup won’t want to miss.    Cape Flattery: Up on the northwest corner of the peninsula lies Cape Flattery, one of the most iconic spots in all of the Pacific Northwest. The unique geological formations paired with the crashing waves of the ocean make for a stunning sight any day of the year.  Rocky Brook Falls: Down by Brinnon lies one of the most beautiful and underrated waterfalls on the peninsula. A short 0.3 mile walk leads you to a cascading waterfalls over a steep rocky cliff. This is a great hike to do either on your way to Port Angeles or as one final stop to your Olympic National Park vacation.  Rialto Beach: If your dog loves playing in the water, then Rialto Beach is an essential stop on your trip. You can traverse as far along the beach as you would like or simply explore the unique ecological life and tidepools on the rocky beach.  Madison Falls: Madison Falls is one of the few hikes you can bring your dog in the Olympic National Forest. A short hike rewards you with a picturesque waterfall surrounded by lush green scenery.  Sequim Dog Park: If you have a dog that is still full of energy after a full day of exploration, then head over to the Sequim Dog Park. You can let your pup run free on this acre of off-leash dog heaven. There is even a tiny town for smaller dogs to run and play on their own.   

Dog Friendly Accomodations

Sol Duc Falls Cottage at Domaine Madeleine is the best pet-friendly retreat on the peninsula. With garden views, a skylight shower, and a warm and inviting fireplace, you won’t have to sacrifice luxury because you’ve got an extra furry friend along for the ride. Take your dog out in the morning to the enclosed dog run adjacent to your cottage and get ready for a day filled with adventureas you explore all the natural wonders across this enchanted part of the world.   

Dog Gear & Care:

Did Fido find and eat all your treats? Is your collapsible dog bowl sitting on the counter at home? Don’t worry! There are some great pet stores right here on the peninsula that can help you pick up any items you may need. Bonita’s Pet Supplies: With two locations, one in Port Townsend and one in Sequim, picking up items for your pup has never been easier. They have all natural dog food, a wide selection of toys to choose from, and great treats, some which are made right here in town.  Stinky Dog U-Bathe: If your dog happens to get into a mud puddle, or smells a bit after playing at the beach, take him to Stinky Dog and give him a bath. Their all-inclusive rates cover shampoo, cleaning tools, and a tub to get your pup squeaky clean.    Traveling with man’s best friend has never been easier! Dine like a king, hit the best hikes and waterfalls on the Peninsula, and stay in your own luxurious private cottage for the perfect peninsula vacation.    Are you looking to tour the Olympic Peninsula with your pup? Visit Port Angeles and Book a stay at Domaine Madeleine, a refined Bed & Breakfast overlooking the Strait of Juan Fuca.


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