wild flowers




nature trips






kid friendly

trail running

no dogs



horseback riding

dog friendly

dogs on leash


mountain biking

rock climbing

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.

Short but pretty!

Only went about 4 miles in, but the river and the scenery are great. The water of the river is a gorgeous blue, and we found a giant 4-leaf clover by the trail.

Very short and very beautiful

I don't give many 5 stars. This is my first experience in Olympic so I might be quick to offer this up but the views are really something else. Quick easy trail just past the visitor center on hurricane ridge that you might find yourself hanging around on for several hours. It is in the rain shadow so a lot drier than coastal or in the cascades.

Views of the eastern ridges and the core of Olympic. I can't say enough how spectacular the views are. Seldom don't get a trail this open and expansive with the minimal effort required. The latter might be the only downfall as there are a lot of people and you will have some trouble with the solitude a place like this requires. All said, though, if you have a couple of hours to spare and just happen to be in the extreme northwest of the US you should do this hike.

As a hiking noob, this trail was extremely difficult. I went for a solo hike starting at the upper trail head. Going up was strenuous especially the rock scrambles and the staircases. At the lower summit I started feeling funny but since I haven't seen any white goats at that point so I continued walking until I saw few goats grazing on the rocks. It was such an amazing experience. I would love to do this hike again but will definitely bring a buddy next time. :)

11 days ago


Steps after steps after steps...which make this climb a balance between a diverse ecological feast for the senses and a sense of being on a climb to the heavens with well laid out stairs. Fir, switchbacks, stone steps, rock scrambling, open face light scree, and did I mention the steps? Great views of Lake Cushman along the way and at the top. Possible to see some magnificent white goat specimens at the summit. Please don't feed them as that reinforces their apparent expectation to get something from hikers.

Excellent foliage, views, trail adventure, and solitude leading to the spacious summit with terrific views all around.

15 days ago

We did the trail out to 5 Mile Island, out and back. It's a beautiful trail and not too busy in the middle of the week. The forest changed as we got further out from the start. Too many wonderful images to list.

I did not think this was "hard" it's a good one for poor weather, protected by trees.

Mount Ellinor was a Awesome hike with a Awesome reward at the summit.

17 days ago

Just finished it with 4 little girls. Youngest (3 years old) hiked back out unassisted in less than 45min. You can do it, but yes it is steep. You will not be sorry to see the falls and the Lake itself. We did have two of the girls get stung by bees because of a ground nest near the first creek crossing, so be careful in late August- early September.

great hiking

17 days ago

Wonderful views. There was a group of deer laying down very close to the trail near the top. This was my first time to Hurricane Ridge I am looking forward to hiking more up there someday. The paved / gravel trail is well maintained but I very much prefer a dirt trail.