Twanoh State Park, situated on the shoreline of Hood Canal, features one of the warmest saltwater beaches in Washington state. This is because Hood Canal is one of the warmest saltwater bodies in Puget Sound. The 182-acre marine, camping park has 3,167 feet of saltwater shoreline. The name of the park derives from the Native American Twana tribes, better known as the Skokomish, who made their home in the area.
Easy hike that's perfect for a senior dog. It was extremely peaceful and quiet on the trail, just saw about 4 other parties while we were there. One thing that is left out of the description is the ending descent (which lasts for about 10 minutes) is pretty steep, with loosely packed gravel. It makes it pretty slippery to walk on and in fact, my friend did slide and fall when she tried to stop my dog from going after a squirrel.
I would recommend that you do the hike backwards and start off the with the steep hill, instead of ending with it. So instead of taking the designated trail head, use the access road entrance, which is directly off of the parking lot. Afterwards, we crossed the street and checked out all the people digging for clams and oysters.
I was not impressed with this trail. There was no such view of anything at all, except trees. The terrain was poor. On the hike I noticed that there was no one else on the trail. The trail seemed very short and had many bushes growing over and on the trail (Poorly maintained). I would not recommend this trail.
Nice hike if you go right at the split and take the squiggly path up(you'll see on the map when ya get there. It is a quicker elevation gain that what the left side seemed on the way back. Wasn't very busy but it is right off a nice looking little camp ground so could imagine it getting busy from time to time.
Twanoh state park is a beautiful little piece of the southern Hood Canal. The hiking trails go up the hill to the south, providing (occasionally) some really nice looks out onto the canal.
The trail follows a stream (not sure which), and when we went (I'm not exact on the date) we had the pleasure of witnessing the salmon swimming upstream to spawn. If you have a chance to hike this trail at just the right time, it's a truly amazing experience- though, honestly, a little depressing. Lots of dead salmon!
After a bit, the trail veers off more into the woods, with lots of huge trees and other flora, but not much in the way of wildlife or birding. There are occasional benches to rest, and the trail seemed fairly well kept.
At the time we went, it was basically empty- we ran into one other family hiking. If you go during the summer, however, expect the park in general to be hugely crowded- I'm not sure how much of them would be hiking, though.