I determined to go to the Olympics the summer of 2021, not in Japan (though that would have been the chance of a lifetime), but the Olympic Peninsula of Washington State. Following are photos of what I could explore, and links to more. I traveled around the Washington peninsula from east to west, and didn't have to pay for the tollbridge going that direction. This post is about the Olympic Mountains; the towns and beaches I explored are featured in the following post: "Forks, Port Angeles, and Sequim WA--Coastal Towns and their Surrounds" https://www.travelpacificnw.com/accessible-travel-blog/forks-port-angeles-and-sequim-wa-coastal-towns-and-their-surrounds
Olympic National Park Visitor Center--3002 Mt Angeles Rd, Port Angeles, WA
List of places to go: https://www.nps.gov/olym/planyourvisit/conditions.htm
Area Info, links to details: https://www.olympicnationalparks.com/discover/area-information/
1939 Guidebook https://www.nps.gov/parkhistory/online_books/brochures/1939/olym/sec1.htm
Hurricane Ridge--continue up the road for abt 17 mi, figure abt 45 min, depending whether you make stops at the view points. You'll need to pay or show a pass. A pass gets you past the pay point more quickly. I think I counted about 15 short guardrails top to bottom. One of many Olympic roads not really suitable for a huge RV. The sign at the beginning of the descent wisely advises shifting down to 2nd gear. You'll be on the steep precipitive side of the road in the decline.
Elwha Valley--Madison Falls is only about 10 mi from Port Angeles. Go west on Hwy 101 to Olympic Hot Springs Road, which follows the river south upstream and you'll get tantalizing glimpses along the way.
Harness your enthusiasm when you see the sign that says 50 mi between Port Angeles and Forks WA ... don't think in terms of freeway speeds! The highways of the Olympic Peninsula are often narrow, winding, undulating, and sometimes a line of vacation vehicles, logging trucks, and various others. "City" buses also connect communities and points of interest.
I stopped at
Sol Duc Hot Springs--resort; hiking & waterfall not wheelchair accessible as far as I could tell
Hoh Rain Forest
Not far south of the small town of Forks WA, is the Upper Hoh Road, leading east to the visitor center. As with most of the Olympic National Park, I would advise a person with a wheelchair to have either a motor or a hale and hardy/hearty helper. On the way up to the Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center you’ll be intrigued to stop at:
Quinault Rain Forest North Shore Rd to the Quinault River Ranger Station (flat trails & old Kestner homestead)
Amanda Park--Hwy 101 between North Shore Rd & South Shore Rd
Quinault Rainforest South Shore Rd--Lake Quinault Lodge etc.
I stayed 3 nights at the Olympic Lodge in Port Angeles WA, and will say more about that in an upcoming post "Forks, Port Angeles, Sequim". I ended up car camping one night at Mora, and will include that in the aforementioned post. And I stayed one night at Lake Quinault Lodge--not for spare change. See photos and captions below.
Here are the long and short of the stops I made on the Quinault Rainforest South Shore Rd
Quinault Rain Forest nature trail
Lake Quinault Lodge
Olympic National Park encompasses ocean beaches as well as the Olympic Mountains, but I decided to include them in a post with the towns Forks, Port Angeles, and Sequim WA:
I've been in a wheelchair for 30+ years. It poses some challenges for traveling. Maybe others can benefit from my experiences.