Olympic Peninsula Loop is a 329.2 mile loop trail located near Forks, Washington that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for scenic driving and is accessible year-round.
This is more of a playground than a trail. Spend a lot of time here and you will not do it all. From the Hoe Reservation to the wild beach route. Fromt the rain forest to rain shadow. This is a special place.
Went camping from SEA>101 W to Fort Flagler state park >101 W and S to Hoh Rainforest>back up 101 N to Second Beach, then back up 101 N and E to SEA via ferry.
If you wanted to adventure I recommend this itinerary. Coming back 101 N and E I saw the sun rising behind the Olympics. No other cars. Really beautiful and breathtaking. I think going E offers better views in general and of the mountain landscape, for example at Lake Crecent.
You also see signs for Kitchen-Dick Rd near Port Angeles if you're going through, which is funny.
I have been around it a couple times and want to go again. This is one of the best drives anywhere! The beautiful mountains, beaches, cliffs, sea chunks, the Hoh Rain Forest, attractions along the way and a zillion hiking trails. Shelby said it best; "Prepare to be amazed." There is so much to see and do that you could spend a whole summer here and talk about what you want to do next time.
Been on the majority of the loop on a backpack trip with a friend that lived in Seattle. Very Scenic
This loop is the best Washington State has to offer. My family and I do this trip annually and there's something new to see each and every time. The hwy encircles the Olympic National Park/Forest which has 3 major ecosystems and nearly one million acres to explore. A few of our favorite stops are, Hurricane Ridge, Crescent Lake, Cape Flattery, Sol Duc Falls and hot springs, Forks (made famous by the Twilight movies. It's wonderful even if you're not a fan), Rialto Beach/Hole in the Wall, La Push beaches, Ruby Beach and the Hoh Rain Forest ... just to name a few. Ozette Lake is just off the loop as well and makes for a great base camp with lots to do such as hiking, biking, swimming, fishing, kayaking ect. If you visit just a FEW of the above mentioned sites you'll certainly be back for more. There is an annual park pass you can purchase for $80 or a 7 day pass for $15 each vehicle. You can purchase one at any park entrance and most ranger stations. Don't forget to check the tide table before running off to the beach. Low tide is necessary to access Hole in the Wall from Rialto Beach. Prepare to be amazed!