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Best Trails in Olympic National Park

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Situated on the Olympic Peninsula, this park ranges from Pacific shoreline with tide pools to temperate rainforests to Mount Olympus. The glaciated Olympic Mountains overlook the Hoh Rain Forest and Quinault Rain Forest, the wettest area of the continental United States.

on Hurricane Hill Trail
3 days ago

hiking

Amazing views! Pictures will never do it any justice

on Mount Ellinor Trail Summe...
3 days ago

hiking

Beautiful, but very hard. Worth it.

on Ruby Beach Trail
3 days ago

scenic driving

Owesome place #rubybeach

on Ruby Beach Trail
3 days ago

scenic driving

Owesome place #rubybeach

on Ruby Beach Trail
3 days ago

scenic driving

Owesome place #rubybeach

on Mount Ellinor Trail Summe...
4 days ago

hiking

Outstanding view from the top. Bring your poles for the return trip as it can be hard on the knees. Leave the goats alone. They will impale you or your dog if bothered too much. Forest pass needed at upper trailhead.

on Lower South Fork Skokomis...
4 days ago

good forest hike. easy for families with young children and dogs. It is a lot of down hill on the way in which you may or may not like...sometimes it's much easier to have a downhill on the way out after a long hike. we had lunch next to the river and took a nice brake to play and throw rocks into the water with the kids.

on Mount Ellinor Trail Summe...
6 days ago

The best hike I've been on yet!

on Lake Angeles Trail
7 days ago

hiking

Tough accent with winding switch backs for the first couple miles but the challenge is so worth the reward! The view of the lake and the surrounding area was gorgeous!

on Lena Lakes Trail
8 days ago

backpacking

The 3 mi trail to the lower lake is wide, well maintained and easy to moderate. I wish people would stop cutting the switchbacks as this wear on the trail detracts from the beauty of it. As you approach the lake you see glimpses of it through the trees. We continued on the main trail which parallels the west side of the lake until we came to the upper lake trail. This trail immediately becomes a single track trail and you notice the increase in elevation. The upper lakes trail is noticeably more difficult but becomes even more so as you approach Upper Lena Lake. Our last hour or so was very challenging especially with our 20-30 lb packs. I can see why many people camp at Lower Lena and do a day hike up. Along the upper trail, you enter the Olympic National Park so dogs are not allowed past that point. Be prepared for lots of vertical hiking. Upon coming to a beautiful alpine leadow you feel a little relief from the challenge only to realize the rest of the hike is the most difficult. We are seasoned mountain hikers and were exhausted upon our arrival to Upper Lena Lake. There are 8 designated wilderness campsites which require a permit and reservations for a stay. It is needless to say, beautiful and secluded. From Upper Lena you can explore Scout Lake and Milk Lake. We found that trail maps for these trail extensions to be non-existent but the trails seem easy to follow. This is a spectacular hike with views at the top of Mt Lena and Mt Rainier.

on Staircase Rapids Nature L...
8 days ago

Loved it. Easy for kids as well. Absolutely amazing place.

on Flapjack Lakes Trail
8 days ago

hiking

Good hike overall. Agree with what has been stated. First 3.5-4 miles are a breeze. The last 4 are fairly steep. Bring lots of water, especially on hot days. I went through over 3L on a warm day. The lakes at the top are pretty serene, but there are so many flies and mosquitos around them that I ended up leaving a bit hastily. The way down is much easier/ faster per usual. Good hike, but not my favorite. Ideal if you are looking for a lower traffic challenging moderate hike with decent views.

on Olympic Hot Springs Trail
8 days ago

hiking

I've been here before and it was a nice easy hike. The only downfall was the trail was paved most of the way.

The road is closed right now though, so you won't be able to get to the trailhead unless you walk from the Madison Falls trailhead which will add about 3.5 miles to your hike. I hope the road opens soon!

on Lake Angeles Trail
8 days ago

camping

One of the best in the Park

on Marymere Falls Trail
9 days ago

Not hard but not easy.. You will enjoy the views along the way.

on Mount Ellinor Trail Summe...
9 days ago

hiking

Tough, mostly uphill hike. Really short though. Amazing view at the top and I saw a mountain goat!

on Obstruction Peak via Deer...
9 days ago

hiking

This hike was beautiful. The first half mile or so was downhill (which made for a difficult ending on the way back!) followed by a moderate incline until you make it out of the forest. Once you get there the views are incredible! We went about five miles out before turning back and got great views of the water and olympics, despite the fires to the south which made it pretty hazy. We went on Saturday and the lot was pretty full by 10 AM. I plan on going back!