I rode my bike from the Analyde Gap Road north to the
Moclips River. There's a strip of hard sand just above the
waterline that makes a perfect path for bikes. Cars are also
allowed on this beach too - they drive higher up on the sand.
Along my route, I saw fishermen casting into the surf, a
mixed flock of seagulls and crows, sandpipers darting in and
out of the surf, and the sun rising over the cliff and town.
The river forms the boundary between the town of Moclips
and the Quinault Indian Nation. On the QIN side, the
landscape is totally pristine and the cliffside undeveloped.
The river is full of old wooden pilings that appear to have
formerly supported a bridge.
A sandy shoreline extends from the ocean along the river for
perhaps a half mile. Then a forest grows down to the
riverside on the south side. A rough trail leads through the
forest. Many bare branches reach down low - perfect for
kids to climb on. A short way into the forest, you reach a
bend in the river, where you can see on the opposite shore a
high, tree-topped cliff is being eroded away by the river.
History of Moclips
by Bob Kelly
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