The SpaceThe Bogie Bungalow is located in the heart of the Olympic Peninsula, with easy access to all major trails and sites Olympic National Park provides ~ mountains, rivers and wilderness ocean beaches. Check "Guest Access" for some of my favorite places!
Altho no TV, the cabin does have a DVD/VCR with a large supply of movies. Wifi exists but is weak.
Electric "fireplace" in the living room.
Outside campfire wood provided. Guest AccessBogie Bungalow – General Information
Check-in: 2:00 Check-out: 12:00
Owner: Stephanie Wickersham, 101 Hollow Rd., Forks, WA 98331
Emergency Contact Phone Numbers:
Stephanie – (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)
Dave – (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)
Forks has frequent, brief power outages. If power goes out, water will also go out as we are on a community well powered by electricity. When power is restored, the pump needs to be restarted manually. Someone in the neighborhood will do this. If for some reason the pump is not restarted within half an hour of the power being restored, contact me at one of the above numbers. Emergency drinking water is available on the porch. Rainwater for flushing, washing, etc. is available in a large tub outside the northwest corner of the cabin. It’s the wilderness experience!
The floors in the cabin are new. Whenever possible, please remove shoes when inside, sweep up dirt and rocks, and quickly dry any wet areas on the floor.
Firewood for the fire pit is on the porch. Please be conservative with the size of your fire. Fire danger is a constant in wooded areas like ours.
Extra blankets are in the bottom section of the dresser, as are the airbeds. Extra, extra blankets are in the trunk beside the futon. Futon and airbed sheets are in the dresser drawers.
The pictures in the cabin are the original works of David Youngberg, a Forks photographer. These pictures (and others) can be ordered online at (EMAIL HIDDEN) and can also be purchased directly from the cabin. Prices available upon request. The postcards are his also. Please take a couple, and purchase any more that you would like for 25 cents a card. David can be reached by phone at (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN).
Cell phone coverage is problematic, but most phones will work as soon as you get to Highway 101. We have been working on wifi for the cabin. My laptop does connect using “Bogie Guest”. The easiest connection is on the porch on the little glass table.
If your time is limited, some places that are “must sees” are the following:
TRAILS TO THE SOUTH:
Ruby Beach – s. about 20 minutes – Great tide pools at low tide!
Kalaloch Beach and Lodge – s. about 25 minutes (Most of the cabin pictures are from Ruby or Kalaloch)
Hoh Rain Forest – s. 7 miles to the turnoff. Great place to see elk, and nice hikes starting at the visitor’s center. Don’t miss the Hall of Mosses!
Oil City – s. about seven miles, but turn to the right (west) at the Cottonwood Recreation Area sign. If you cross the Hoh River, you went too far. Stay on the road (don’t go into Cottonwood). Oil City is neither a city nor has oil. It is the outlet of the Hoh River. Drive to the end of the road, park and take the easy hike to the beach (about a 20 minute walk). The trail comes out at the Hoh River, and you’ll have to poke around a little to regain the trail to the beach. There are usually many eagles, pelicans, herons, and other seabirds. Across the river is the Hoh Indian Reservation, so you can often see net fishing in the river. CAUTION: IF YOU HAVE KIDS, THERE ARE DROPOFFS AND WASHOUTS along the trail into the river, and the trail is not posted.
TRAILS TO THE NORTH:
Rialto Beach – n. past Forks about 1 mile to the turnoff (left), clearly marked for Olympic National Park beaches. Rialto is easy access with picnic area, firepits, tables and bathrooms.
Second and Third Beach/LaPush – Not very fancy names, but absolutely glorious beaches! My favorite is Second Beach with a little creek, but Third Beach has a waterfall at times. Second Beach is about a 30 minute walk with a hill at the end, and Third Beach is a bit longer.
LaPush/First Beach – LaPush is the home of the Quileute Indian Nation. The beach is First Beach, has a creek and very easy access. You can park at Lonesome Creek Store for a small fee. First Beach is not part of the park, and dogs are allowed off-leash. Great fireworks during Quileute Days (mid-July)! The River’s Edge Restaurant has great views with good eagle sightings.
Gray whales can often be spotted at these beaches in September and March/April as they take a break during their bi-annual migration. Take your binoculars and watch for the tell-tale water spray as they exhale. There is a tide schedule in the table in the cabin. Area maps are also in there, or in the storage folder on the table.
Lake Crescent Lodge – A great place to stop for lake viewing and a drink on the porch, and to get information about the Lake Crescent area – about 40 miles north of Forks. Also good for swimming, especially with kids. There is a wonderful hiking trail on the opposite, roadless side of the lake called the Spruce Railroad Trail. It is easy and well worth the effort.
East Beach on Lake Crescent – great place for kids for swimming-shallow! No lifeguards, however, and floatation toys can be used.
Sol Duc Hot Springs and Falls – About 27 miles north of Forks to the turn-off. The road back is lovely, and ends at an easy, self guiding tour to a small gorge and waterfall. Sol Duc Hot Springs is a natural hot springs with three hot pools and a cold pool. Includes a restaurant, snack bar, gift shop and shower area. For some reason, a gray day in Forks is often a sunny day in the Sol Duc Valley!
Neah Bay and Lake Ozette – A little more than an hour drive. Home to the Makah Indians. The road from Clallam Bay to Neah Bay is slow, curvy, and beautiful with lots of eagles and views across the Straits of Juan de Fuca to Canada. Cape Flattery is an unforgettable hike out a cliff looking towards Tatoosh Island.
Fish Hatchery and Interpretive Center – Near milepost 203, turn onto the Mary Clark Road. Immediately turn right and follow to the end. There is a nice interpretive center, holding tanks for fry, and an entrapment pond for the big guys, if you are lucky. The shed where the eggs are processed may also be open. Interesting activity if you hit a rainy day.
GUARANTEED (almost!) ELK SIGHTING:
Olympic National Park was originally founded to preserve the area elk, known as Roosevelt Elk. The herd was almost extinct when Teddy Roosevelt set aside park lands for their protection. In the summer, they can frequently be seen from the cabin just downriver, either grazing or crossing the river.
In Forks, turn right (east) at the stoplight onto Division Street. Follow Division to the very end (about a mile). The road gets quite narrow, with cow pastures on the right. Near the end of the road, on the right, elk can usually be seen grazing or resting. The elk herd is about half-tame, and the field is maintained by a Forks’ local for the herd. If they are not immediately visible, check carefully back by the treeline.
and all pasture-type areas.
The Forks airport can be the best elk viewing site in town! If they are there, you will see them.
Fire starting hints: Although I’ll have dry firewood for you, it can be tricky starting a fire. One “cheater” trick is to start with a pile of Matchlight charcoal. After the coals burn for about ten minutes, slowly add wood. Another method is to bring a Duraflame firelog and cut it into thirds. One section works well to start a fire. And there are the firestarter pressed wood “bricks” available at most stores.
Interaction with GuestsYou will be on your own while in the cabin. Although we live in the area, you most likely will not run across us. You will check yourselves in (key location to be disclosed after reservation confirmed) and just lock up when you leave. We're hoping you will enjoy the privacy and serenity of the area! The NeighborhoodJust walking down the road (Hollow and Kallman) is a lovely, tree lined experience. There are few residents in the neighborhood - mostly just fishing access camps - so it is quiet. During the summer, inner tubes are at the cabin for floating the river or swimming in the "hole" in front of the cabin. Elk and eagles are frequently seen, with elk occasionally in the yard. Getting AroundThere is very limited public transportation.
Other Things to NoteThis is a rain forest! Be prepared. Raingear is your best friend... However, rain doesn't really stop exploration and when the sun is out, it is glorious! The moon rises directly across the river and shines into the cabin living room, as does the sun - a beautiful sight. Evening stars are remarkable on a clear night - great views of the Milky Way and meteor showers when the time is right.