Olympic National Park, Olympic National Park

Forest · Nature / Park
In Olympic National Park, ancient rainforests and ocean tidal pools at lower elevations contrast with wildflower-filled alpine meadows and snowcapped peaks. The park's 373,120 hectares (922,000 acres) include numerous hiking trails that stretch from moist, mossy, and leafy valleys up to jagged mountain peaks that hold snow into summer. Anglers cast their lines into some of the hundreds of lakes and streams that hold 37 species of fish, including coho, chinook, and sockeye salmon, while birders try to spot a few of the 250 species, including blue grouse, belted kingfisher, warblers, woodpeckers, kinglets, and sparrows. Tide pools hold colorful life forms, such as green anemones and purple starfish, while gray whales appear off the coast from March to May, and black bears, cougars, and elk roam the park's interior year-round. The lower elevations of the park remain snow-free through winter--the extra moisture during the rainy season brightens the forest's greenery. Plan to see Olympic National Park and other attractions that appeal to you using our Olympic National Park road trip planning app.
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  • It is a great place to hike. The trees provide great coverage so you can enjoy a nice hike. This is a must see.  more »
  • we got a chance to drive thru this on our vaction. the scenery is awesome. i recommend it to any one that likes to be outside in nature. there are places to stop and take photos or just sit and enjoy....  more »
  • If you like forest in moderate climate zone, it is the most beautiful spot to go. I like mossy forest, and closeness to ocean that given this tree such appearance. I love the peacefulness and magic.....  more »
  • Wild and beautiful. Just go there and explore. So much to see, but access is limited. If you wanna go into wilderness, hiking and camping is the only way. Very unique place. The ocean is just few miles away from 8,000 feet glaciated peaks. Beautiful lakes and beaches around.
  • This place has some of the most beautiful scenery in America. There really isn't a bad time of the year to visit, winter to summer, each season has its unique scenes. I love how so many of the smaller roads will have a complete tree canopy over the road. The lakes and beach fronts are breathtaking. There are many trails to hike and waterfalls to see. Two of my favorite places are Cape Flattery and Crescent Lake. When visiting you should plan additional days to your trip because there are so many attractions to see.
  • I love it there!! One of the only places you can start out on the beach. 30 minutes later be in old growth forest. For the outdoors types that area is a must. There are several campgrounds that are first come first serve. Lakes, waterfalls, several rivers, and miles of coast line.
  • Go for it. Especially by the summers or just before winter. I had a breathtaking experience by the hikes and trials. Will cherish the nature’s touch for lifetime. Doesn’t need any extra prep. Regular hiking shoes and a hydration bag/bottles water is advisable. If you don’t get water all by yourself, you’ll have a tough time. Could be treated a must watch and/or bucket list item.
  • Stunning views! An absolute must see. The trees are huge and magnificent. It's a breathtaking experience. Hall of Mosses was incredible, although the trail was a bit crowded with families and young children. If you are looking for serenity, explore some of more challenging trails.

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