Olympic National Park, Olympic National Park

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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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  • Such a diverse region of the country! You get rain forest, to spruce/cedar forests, streams, rivers and most of all beach hikes, camping and scenery. I cannot wait to come back and spend more quality ...  more »
  • So luscious that slight rain didn’t really get us wet as the tree leaves protected the water from falling on us! I cleared out my lungs taking deep deep deep breaths. Started the short hike from Lake ...  more »
  • You can go off season when it’s really rainy, but this is beat in the summer where at least the rain showers are short! Stunning beauty & greenery with lush growth that cannot be found easily anywhere...  more »
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  • The Olympic National Park is one of those strange places in nature that feels other worldly. The dense vegetation of primal forests and amazing landscapes make you forget your worries and helps you feel deeply connected to something bigger than yourself. The Olympic National Forest is great for a weekend getaway or exploring for an entire week because everywhere you turn there's another hike, beach or lake. * Bring a camera* I'm from Washington and I have visited this place many times and yet still I find something new every time I go. Absolutely worth the time and effort to come out here. *REMEMBER TO RESPECT THIS NATURAL WONDER AND LEAVE NO TRACE*
  • One of the most beautiful national parks I've been to. The trees are just beautiful, tall and wide. I did two hiking trails there was always water around and waterfalls. The hiking trails were well-maintained. The trees had a kind of ghostly feels sometimes with that swampy moss on them. There was I believe a $30 Park fee pass but it was good for a week of access to any parts of the park.
  • This wonderful national park would be so much more if nobody else was there. Of course, it's too much to ask that everybody else leaves, so you have to put up with other humans. However, when I'm hiking the trails with my girlfriend I make sure to strongly demand that people stay on the trail whenever I find them climbing on trees, trudging through bushes or removing items from the ecosystem. It truly surprises me how many people are either uneducated in the importance of maintaining ecosystems or simply don't care. Other than that, there are numerous places throughout the forest that allow for exploration and appreciation of nature. It has always been one of my favorite places in my home state.
  • This is a beautiful park. It is worth the drive to visit the portion of the park that is beach front. It has great tide pools and cool washed up logs. Lots of people use use the logs to build shelters. The rest of the park is great too with good walking and hiking trails off of the main visitor center.
  • Beautiful and accessible national park. Many different climate types and topography available in a small area. Lots of opportunities to see wildlife, both terrestrial and aquatic. Great place to check out the Stars as well (esp hurricane ridge). It looks like this park could use more funding so if you have some $$ to spare, make a donation to the park at one of the visitor's centers (above and beyond park fees). You'll thank yourself later
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