Description - Reaching farther out into the cold waters of the North Pacific than any other point of mainland in the lower 48 states, this byway, located in the northwest corner of Washington State, is a remote stretch of coastline with rugged cliffs and forests. The Strait of Juan de Fuca Highway follows the shoreline of a glacial fjord that connects Puget Sound to the Pacific Ocean.
This byway offers an uncommon adventure on an uncrowded stretch of Washington's coast. The route passes tree-covered hillsides, and uncommon sea birds like puffins and auklets can be seen, as well as marine mammals (including sea otters, whales, and sea lions) and bald eagles.
Whether you watch the waves break, take a ride on a salmon charter, learn about Native American cultures, or watch whale spouts, the Strait of Juan de Fuca Highway can be an adventure for a day or week.
- The Strait of Juan de Fuca Highway - SR 112 is known for it's Archeology, Cultural, Historical, Natural, Recreational and Scenic Attractions. Natural wonders that are rare and exciting events in other places of the world are everyday occurrences here. For example, eagles search for food among inter-tidal rocks and gray whales feed in the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
The communities along the highway provide pleasant starting points for exploring the surrounding natural landscape. A boardwalk system provides access to remote shorelines where Pacific Ocean waves crash against sea stacks and rocky cliffs.
Recreation - The highway provides access to Cape Flattery, the farthest northwest point in the continental United States. It also provides access to Olympic National Park beaches. Explore the wild shoreline, stroll windy beaches and fishing towns, fish for salmon and halibut, take a self-guided tour among timber forests, or just set off by foot, bike, boat, or kayak to actively explore the area's surroundings.
Climate - Washington's climate varies with each region. The Cascades split the state and alter weather patterns. The terrain east of the mountains receives significantly less rainfall than that west of the mountains, 12 inches is the annual average. Temperatures in this region are lower during the winter months, because it is landlocked. Frequent winds coming down from the mountains also contribute to the low temperatures of eastern Washington. Western Washington is temperate, due to the coastal geography. The water is a stabilizing force for the climate, making extreme temperatures rare. The area receives large amounts of rainfall from Pacific storms and some snow during winter months. The mountains of Washington receive large amounts of water-laden snow from October through May. These peaks remain snow covered throughout the year.
From Seattle Take Bainbridge Ferry to Winslow. Cars exit and take route 305 to Poulsbo. Follow the nice one lane road through the evergreens. Just on the other side of Poulsbo, take the right exit north onto Freeway 3. Turn left onto SR 104 to cross the Hood Canal Bridge. Continue north and turn toward Port Angeles at the junction with 101 (right-hand fork). Continue on US 101 past Port Angeles to the byway's beginning at SR 112.
Directions from : There are two main ways to access this byway:
- From Olympia: Follow SR 101 to Port Angeles, and then continue to follow SR 101 west out of Port Angeles. The SR 112 junction is found about 5 miles outside of town. This is where the byway starts.
- From Forks: Follow SR 101 east out of Forks for 11 miles to SR 113 (Burnt Mountain Rd), and then turn north and follow SR 113 until it intersects with SR 112. Clallam Bay is the first community that you will reach from this direction. Since it is located mid-corridor, you may wish to check your map and see in which direction your selected designation sites are located.