We have the very happy task of planning an impromptu trip to ONP. We're avid hikers (~10 miles per hike is about our limit) who love to see wildlife. I've been drinking from the information firehose on this forum and kaleberg.com.
1) I think we have enough time to see Hurricane Ridge, Hoh, Sol Duc, and the LaPush beaches. Do we also have enough time to see Quinault? There are way too many hikes that sound awesome: Hurricane Hill, Klahane Ridge, Hall of Mosses, Sol Duc Falls, Marymere Falls, Spruce RR Trail, Rialto Beach, Second Beach. Based on what I've seen in the forums, I have a feeling I'm already pushing it. Which trails would be best the first week of September? If I'm not pushing it, is there anything big I'm missing?
2) What are the best places/times to see wildlife?
3) The tide charts look like we won't have great low tides at LaPush during our stay in the area (September 1-3). But, things look promising in Dungeness. Should I push something out of the itinerary to add Dungeness in?
4) I haven't seen discussion of mosquitos. Are there mosquitos in this area, or is it a non-issue?
5) We have a full day in Forks Friday before we drive back to Seattle to spend the night before our morning flight on Saturday. What is the best way to get back to Seattle? Is it worth driving the rest of 101 south and east, or should we just double-back to Port Angeles?