GIG HARBOR, THE MARITIME CITY

 


Welcome to Gig Harbor, Washington State, USA, population about 8,000. Located on Puget Sound, Gig Harbor is one of the gateways to the Olympic Peninsula. Mount Rainier is visible. Due to its close access to several state and city parks, and historic waterfront that includes boutiques and fine dining, it has become a popular tourist destination.Grab a kayak or a latte, sip some wine or savor ice cream, put your feet up or slip on your running shoes. Whatever you fancy, we have it in Gig Harbor, named one of Smithsonian Magazines Top Five Small Towns for culture, heritage and charm.

 
 
 
View of Gig Harbor

During a heavy storm in 1840, Captain Charles Wilkes brought the Captain's Gig (a small rowboat) into the harbor for protection. With the publication of Wilkes 1841 Map of the Oregon Territory, he named the sheltered bay Gig Harbor.

1867 brought fisherman Samuel Jerisich to the Gig Harbor area, along with many other immigrants from Sweden, Norway, and Croatia. The area has been dominated by commercial fishing, boat building, agriculture center, logging, Native American fishing grounds and now tourists.

Gig Harbor, the Maritime Village: 4:46 min

Rotary


On May 21, 2009 we founded an innovative, no meal Rotary Club in Gig Harbor, making three Rotary Clubs for a population of under 8,000 residents. In 2011 during my year as President of the Rotary Club of Gig Harbor North, we were honored to have the threer Rotary clubs led by women Presidents. 

 

A quick hike up to the peak: 0:50 min

 

If you would rather fly: 1:51 min

 

Mount Rainier 


Mt. Rainier is considered one of the most dangerous volcanos in the world. Because of the large amount of glacial ice (26 glaciers), Mt. Rainier could potentially produce a massive amount of lahar to threaten the valley below.It is a massive volcano located southeast of Gig Harbor and highly visible from Gig Harbor. It is the most topographically prominent mountain in the contiguous United States, with a summit elevation of 14,417 ft (4,392 m) just 88 feet less than the tallest mountain in the USA—Mount Whitney in California. On a clear day, Mount Rainier can be seen from as far away as Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

Mountain climbing on Mount Rainier is very difficult, requiring three days with climbing teams that demand experience in glacier travel, self-rescue, and wilderness travel. About 12,000 people attempt the climb each year with about half of the attempts being successful.

Climb, Anyone? 2:36 min

 

Or would you rather Hike? 5:21 min

 
 
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