looking for day trip from seattle combining oysters and hiking
anyone know of a great day trip destination from seattle combining freshly shucked oysters with short 3-4 mile hike to a beautiful destination. I know of hama hama oyster co but I'm not sure of the right hikes nearby. Any help would be appreciated
Wescott Bay. You Can't beat going up there in winter: no crowds on the Ferries. You take the ferry from Anacortes to Friday Harbor, and drive over to Roche Harbor, Wescott Bay is just before Roche Harbor. Their Belon oysters in wintertime are utterly unbeatable.
You can hike to the bizarre Mausoleum in Roche Harbor, or on Several trails on the Parks: English Camp and American Camp. The San Juans in the Winter are lovely and peaceful.
This is for the future: there are some fantastic day hikes starting from the Hama Hama. Lena Lakes is a classic, but the real test is Putvin, a bit further down the road. It is straight up for 3-4 miles, then you turn around and go straight down. You will definitely work up an oyster appetite, I can guarantee it. Of course, this time of year it is all blanketed with snow.
For winter I like the idea of the South Fork of the Skokomish. It's an attractive enough trail, and you can turn around whenever you want. But definitely check on trail conditions.
Isn't is sad that there's no good food to be had on the west side of the Olympics? There's such wonderful beach and rainforest hiking out there. It's a bit of a haul from Seattle, however.
Katnat, you might see if the lower south fork skokomish river trail is accessible (north of Shelton); combine with a visit to Xihn's Clam & Oyster house in Shelton for lunch, and a final stop at Taylor Shellfish south of Shelton to fill up your cooler.
Or: Head to Quilcene and start with a stop at the ranger station there to check on hikes. A short way down the road, stop for a delicious breakfast at the Hungry Bear Cafe which is supposed to have re-opened after their fire at a new location in the old Timber House restaurant. Then continue south on 101 and park at the head of the road up to Mount Walker (road is closed). You can walk up the trail or the road - take your snowshoes and go as far as you like. Continue south on 101, stopping for a piece of pie at the Halfway House in Brinnon to sustain you. Then it's on to the Hamma Hamma Oyster Company to fill up your cooler!
If you mean this time of year, you are pretty limited. For Hood Canal oyster places, like Hama Hama: There's lots of great hikes along the Eastern Olympics, but they're snowed in until late June/July. You might call the Hoodsport Ranger Station and ask for ideas-the Duckabush River trail is a possibility, and they'll know the status of the trail (and whether or not the road and trail survived our recent storms).
I know there's a Taylor Shellfish facility you can visit near Bow, south of Bellingham, but I'm not sure if they sell shucked oysters. If they do (call), the Oyster Dome hike (you can google for lots of info) is good and the right length for you.