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Best camping trails in Olympic National Park

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Explore the most popular camping trails in Olympic National Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
Map of camping trails in Olympic National Park
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Acreage:
922,650 acres
Contact
360-565-3130
Top trails (84)
#1 - Sol Duc Falls Nature Trail
Olympic National Park
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Length: 1.6 mi • Est. 49 m
SEASONAL ROAD CLOSURE: Roads leading to this trailhead are subject to seasonal closure. For more information, please visit https://www.nps.gov/olym/planyourvisit/current-road-conditions.htm The parking lot for the trailhead is at the end of Duc Hot Springs Road, part of the Hot Springs and Resort. This is a nice gentle and short hike through old-growth forest to a beautiful three-prong waterfall that comes from the Sol Duc River and captures rainbows in the spray. You will pass over a few spring-fed and snow runoff creeks along the way. Sol Duc Falls rages under a wooden bridge and the hike has a wooden platform at the end of the trail - a nice place to sit and enjoy the view!Show more
#2 - Hoh Rain Forest Hall of Moss
Olympic National Park
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Length: 1.1 mi • Est. 26 m
A busy trail through lush Washington temperate rainforest that's great for the whole family. Truly amazing flora including huge old trees (western hemlock, sitka spruce), mosses, lichens, and ferns that are home to species such as roosevelt elk. It is a very enchanting place. The same trailhead, starting at the end of Upper Hoh Road, also leads to the Hoh River Trail and Spruce Nature Trail. There is also a visitor center, large campground, and amphitheatre by the start of the trail. Accessibility: This trail is only partially wheelchair/mobility equipment and stroller friendly, please note the waypoint on the map view showing where the most accessible portion ends. To view the most accessible, packed dirt trail that is 0.2 miles long called Hoh Rain Forest Loop go to: https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/washington/hoh-rain-forest-loopShow more
#3 - High Divide and Seven Lakes Basin Loop
Olympic National Park
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Length: 19.0 mi • Est. 11 h 14 m
High Divide and Seven Lakes Basin Loop is a popular multi-day backpacking trip that travels through the Hoh Rainforest. With Sol duc Falls, Heart Lake and views of Mount Olympus, Blue Glacier, Hoh River and the Seven Lakes Basin— this hike is truly awe inspiring. Expect to come across local wildlife such as mountain goats, black bears and a variety of bird species. Most people choose to do this hike counterclockwise, but it can be done either way. Olympic National Park provides a limited number of permits for overnight campers. Reservations for trips between May 1 and September 30 are strongly advised and can be made by mail or fax beginning February 15. Half of the sites are reserved for walk-up requests made to the Wilderness Information Center. Bear canisters are required for this hike and can be rented from the Wilderness Information Center in Port Angeles. There is no water for roughly 5.5 miles along the High Divide section so please make sure to fill up prior! Show more
#4 - Hoh River Trail
Olympic National Park
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Length: 35.3 mi • Est. Multi-day
The Hoh River Trail is located in the Pacific Northwest's Olympic National Park and leads to Mount Olympus Blue Glacier. The Olympic Peninsula is the wettest region in the lower 48 states and the area is known for its spectacular temperate rainforest, subalpine meadows, and montane forest. The Hoh River Trail is well-maintained and flat for a good majority of the hike but ascends quickly from the Hoh River up to Glacier Meadow. There is one river crossing and a few small stream crossings along the way. For those interested in camping there are numerous spots along the route. For more information on camping and permits and to connect with the Ranger Station please visit: https://www.nps.gov/olym/planyourvisit/hoh-river-trail.htmShow more
#5 - Lake Angeles Trail
Olympic National Park
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Length: 8.0 mi • Est. 3 h 47 m
#6 - Enchanted Valley Chalet via East Fork Quinault River Trail
Olympic National Park
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Length: 30.6 mi • Est. Multi-day
Starting from the S Shore Rd parking lot, the trailhead starts on the E Fork Quinault River Trail. The first section of the hike to Pony Bridge is covered by thick trees without a lot of views. As soon as you climb out of Pony Bridge, the trail exposure opens up to the Quinault River Valley. The trail is in great condition and well-designed to balance elevation gain with long flat stretches thru idyllic valleys. There are few stretches of strenuous climbing and downhill navigation through muddy water streams. The trees in the Fall have spectacular color on the leaves, moss is abundant, and there are many huge spruce trees along the way. Arriving at Enchanted Valley is truly a magical and awe-inspiring experience. The Enchanted Valley Chalet is a historical chalet in Olympic National Park. This is a great backpacking trip that would be well-suited to beginners who are ready to put in some miles! Please make sure to obtain a permit through the park before heading out. For current status of this trail or the chalet itself, please visit https://www.nps.gov/olym/planyourvisit/east-fork-quinault-river-trail.htmShow more
#7 - Ozette Triangle Trail
Olympic National Park
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Length: 9.4 mi • Est. 3 h 46 m
#8 - Silver Lake Way Trail
Olympic National Park
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Length: 6.0 mi • Est. 3 h 34 m
Silver Creek Trailhead is the start of the hike. The first mile or so alternates flat meadows with moderate inclines. The second mile or so consists of moderate incline with very uneven terrain and narrow trail. The third mile or so consists of steep inclines. There is one semi confusing fork in the trail where you come across two trees one says “No” and the other says “God’s Men”, go towards “God’s Men” and then keep right. Show more
#9 - Olympic Hot Springs Trail
Olympic National Park
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Length: 21.2 mi • Est. 10 h 40 m
Open for pedestrians, bicycles, and dogs on leash. Madison Falls parking area is open, parking is limited (trail has been changed to reflect this route. The first approx. 9 miles are paved and can be biked.) A short, fairly easy hike through moss covered trees leads to a series of hot springs scattered throughout the woods. The water is a great temperature, there is camping in the area (with free permits), and there is a chance for a secluded soak depending on which pool you choose to soak in. Show more
#10 - Lena Lake Trail to Upper Lena Lake Trail
Olympic National Park
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Length: 12.8 mi • Est. 8 h 16 m
The 3 mi trail to the lower lake is wide, well maintained and easy to moderate. As you approach the lake you see glimpses of it through the trees. Continue on the main trail which parallels the west side of the lake until you come 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. The last hour or so was very challenging especially with packs. 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 meadow you feel a little relief from the challenge only to realize the rest of the hike is the most difficult. 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. This is a spectacular hike with views at the top of Mt Lena and Mt Rainier.Show more
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