From its majestic mountain peaks to its lush rainforest, to its colorful ocean tidepools at the coast – Olympic National Park is like three parks in one. Covering almost a million acres on the Olympic Peninsula, the possibilities for adventure are limitless. The biggest challenge will be deciding where to start!
Hurricane Ridge is the park’s most easily reached mountain destination and features a number of hiking trails, from ridgetop traverses to steep trails that descend to subalpine lakes and valleys. The views here are amazing, of both the Olympic mountains and the coastline. During the winter months, snow enthusiasts enjoy the winter scenery, along with snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and sledding.
With an average of 150 inches of rain per year, the Hoh Rain Forest is a lush, green canopy of both coniferous and deciduous trees, along with mosses and ferns covering just about every surface. There are two short nature trails near the Visitor Center, as well as the main longer (17.3 mile) trail which leads to Glacier Meadows on the shoulder of Mount Olympus. This magical forest is a must-see for visitors to Olympic National Park.
About 75 miles from Port Angeles, Rialto Beach features rocky beaches, giant drift logs, pounding waves and views of offshore islands known as ‘seastacks’. Hole-in-the-Wall is a sea-carved arch about 1.5 mile north of Rialto Beach.
For more information on visiting Olympic National Park, be sure to visit the National Park Service’s website above. Whether you’re an avid outdoor adventurer or just looking to get away for a day, Olympic National Park has something for everyone.
|Address:||3002 Mount Angeles Road
Port Angeles, WA 98362
|Admission:||$25 per vehicle|