Ayock is a coastal town between Olympic National Forest and Dabob Bay. This quiet spot is perfect for loading up the dogs and heading out to get away from it all. Make Ayock your home base and strike out for adventure. Just pack a first aid kit with you--the nearest vet’s office is in Belfaire, which is 36 miles from Ayock! As long as everyone’s in good health, settle in at Mike’s Beach Resort if you have an RV, as leashed dogs are allowed on the property, though not in the cabins.
Enjoy a meal at Eagle Creek Saloon, located south of Ayock and close to the border with Lilliwaup. This may be your dog’s favorite stop, because not only are dogs welcome to the outdoor tables as long as they stay on leash, but are usually given dog treats, and always have water! You can enjoy burgers, pizza, and salads to go with your pal’s dog biscuit.
If you’re looking for nearby hiking in Olympic National Forest, you’ve come to the right place. Drive in from Ayock and you’ll be close to Elk Head Lower Trailhead. This is a fairly easy hike, with a couple different loops. Ayock is the perfect pitstop along the way to nature, or to relax with your dogs.
The North Hoodsport area is home to some fur-ific hiking. Only 12 miles northwest of Ayock in the Olympic National Forest, you’ll find the Lena Lake/ Brothers Trailhead. Lace up your boots, clip on your pup’s leash and start making the three mile trek to a beautiful mountain lake. Your pooch will love the majestic old fir trees and soft forest floor. Once you arrive at the lake, find a quiet spot to catch your breath and take in the amazing scenery. This is a pup-ular trail, so you’ll likely have company. Don’t forget to bring plenty of water for you and your furry BFF.
Next time your pup wants to spend some time outside, head over to East Hoodsport and venture down the Hoodsport Trails. Located between Hoodsport and Lake Cushman in the Hoodsport Trails Park, these trails are pretty easy, and perfect for a lazy afternoon stroll. There are two loop trails, one is half a mile and the other is 1.5 miles. Your canine companion can get his four legs moving in the fragrant forests. He’ll love walking among the alder and conifer trees and will perk his ears up to the sound of chirping birds. The trailhead has a couple picnic tables, so bring your lunch (and a bone for your pup).
If you have a nature loving pooch on your hands, you have to make a trip up to Dosewallips State Park. Only 16 miles north of Ayock in Brinnon, this puptastic state park showcases the famous natural beauty of Washington. When in this area, your pup will have forests, mountains, rivers and beaches all at the tips of his paws. Walk through moss covered forests and alongside the glacial river. Pet friendly camping is available on the banks of Hood Canal and Dosewallips River. There is also plenty of hiking. Steam Donkey Trail and Maple Valley Loop are both local favorites. Sounds pawsitively amazing!
The town of Hamma Hamma is about 15 miles west of Ayock, and offers some beautiful hikes in the Olympic National Forest. Grab plenty of water, leash up your pooch and head over for a pawsome adventure. Jefferson Lake Trail is only about a quarter of a mile, but it leads to a quiet mountain lake with wildlife viewing opportunities. If your pup needs more mileage, check out Jefferson Ridge Trail. It climbs 1.6 miles through fir trees and rhododendrons. Once you get to the ridge, take a minute to gaze at the surrounding mountains. Your furry hiking buddy will feel like she conquered the world!