About the Trails
The Living Forest and Peabody Creek trails begin at the Olympic National Park Visitor Center in Port Angeles, and offer pleasant 0.5 mile loops. In the spring, skunk cabbage, a native plant found along streams and other wet areas of the woods, blooms and provides vibrant color (and possibly scent) along the trails. The Madison Creek Falls Trail is located in the Elwha Valley and offers a paved 200-foot walk to the base of the beautiful falls. The Spruce Railroad Trail, on which bicycles and pets are permitted, begins at the end of East Beach Road on the north side of Lake Crescent and follows an old railroad bed for 4 miles. More information about the trails and areas of Olympic National Park can be found at www.nols.org and www.nps.com/olym.
Poets featured along the trails include Emily Brontë, Carlos Castaneda, Ogden Nash, Shel Silverstein, Gary Snyder and many more. Those who find themselves inspired to write a poem or take a photo while on one of the Poetry Walks are encouraged to share it on NOLS’ Facebook page or share it with their friends on Twitter with #FindYourPark. “Some people might stumble upon the poems after they’re out on a hike, while others may choose to make the 15 minute walk from the Port Angeles Library up to the Park Visitor Center and discover the great trails that surround it for the very first time,” Main Library Manager Noah Glaude said. “We received a lot of positive feedback about the Poetry Walks when they were first offered in 2014. People regularly came in during the summer and said they wished the signs were still up, and the program inspired similar events at other libraries and national parks.”
National Poetry Month and National Park Week Events
The timing of Poetry Walks isn’t entirely coincidental. April is National Poetry Month, and National Park Week will take place April 18-26. During National Poetry Month, a free workshop with Seattle poet and teacher Jeanine Walker will take place April 14 at the Port Angeles Main Library, and PoetrySLAMS will feature local students reciting their original work and competing for a chance to have their poetry included in Poetry Walks.
On April 18 and 19, the opening weekend of National Park Week, admission to all the exciting areas of Olympic National Park—including Hurricane Ridge—will be free. “We grateful to NOLS and the Friends of the Library for giving our neighbors and visitors another way to get out and experience their park,” said Olympic National Park Superintendent Sarah Creachbaum.
The Poetry Walks program is being offered free to the public thanks to the generous support of the Port Angeles Friends of the Library. The Port Angeles Main Library is located at 2210 South Peabody Street in Port Angeles. For more information about this and other upcoming events, visit www.nols.org and select “Events” and “Port Angeles,” or call 360.417.8500.
More information about Olympic National Park can be found at www.nps.gov/olym or on Facebook at OlympicNPS and Twitter @OlympicNP.