First off, thanks to all responders. And thank you Kaleberg, for your most excellent website - extremely helpful.
So...we fly to SEATAC on a Friday, stay through the weekend. (Stepson lives there.) Monday a.m. we drive to Port Angeles - stay one night - hope to do some hiking in the Hurricane Ridge area both Monday pm and Tuesday am. Tuesday mid day we drive to Forks where we spend T/W/Th nights. We hope to do one of the days at the Hoh Rainforest area and the other exploring along the coast. Friday we drive south, want to stop at Lake Quinalt, and then maybe a stop at the Wolf Preserve (again, thanks Kaleberg for that tip) and then over to Packwood (Mt Rainier area) where we spend the next three nights.
Questions are - a. what is the recommended route from Seattle (Ballard area) to Port Angeles? Mapquest gives a few options. It will be a Monday a.m. around 10 or so.
b. If we leave Hurricane Ridge by 2 the next day, can we drive over to Forks to get to our VRBO rental before dark (allowing for a stop at a grocery store to stock up)? Do we have time for a stop at Lake Crescent? Was planning to take 101 all the way - is that the best choice?
c. When we leave Forks on Fri a.m., do we have time to stop at the Wolf Preserve, and maybe Lake Quinalt, and still get to Packwood by dinner time?
d. Re weather - we like to hike and are fairly well outfitted. But i am confused re the weather. I know there may be snow on trails, but should we plan for it to actually SNOW on us? Last July we were at Glacier NP and it blizzarded on us on a high trail. We had hats/gloves, etc and were GLAD we did. Do I need them on this trip as well? (ONP dates are 7/30-8/3)
e. We are not particularly 'city' people - but we have Fri-Mon in Seattle. Anything interesting we should see/do? More interested in landscape stuff. We can figure out the Pikes Place Market ourselves.
f. I have read that there is road improvement/construction in the ONP area. Will it greatly interfere with any of the plans I outlined above?
Again - thank you so much. Our vacations are limited and therefore so valuable to us. TripAdvisor helps us to really make the most of the experience.