Explore the most popular nature trips 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.

scenic driving
5 hours ago

Did most of this on a motorcycle run with my son on one of my Goldwings. Went from SF area up to Port Angeles and back down way too many years ago. . Spent a few days in Coos Bay fishing as well. Awesome area and trip.

Thought I was just going to be wandering along the beach, was a lot more enjoyable than I expected. The overland routes were a great surprise. We got lucky in that it was sunny and good weather in the 50-60 range.

Would have brought trekking poles and gloves as was recommended. The beach footing was every type—sand, pebbles, mid and large river rock, boulders, igneous type and low tide had seaweed.

Awesome. I hope I get back there sometime!

What a great boardwalk trail through the forest! We hiked the loop trail counter clockwise that way most of the elevation was at the beginning. I say elevation, it’s hardly anything, but when hiking with kids, all these things must be accounted for. It’s good to have the AllTrails app on for gps for sure once you get to the beach part of the trail. The only bit that was a little confusing for others hiking around us were the bullseyes marking shoot off trails off the beach. Those trails led hikers around beach rocky areas that may be under water. After talking with a few other hikers, as long as the tide is out, it’s way better to just walk the beach. The only problem is hiking on the sand and rocks can get a bit tricky and the seaweed is seriously smelly! The fog was very thick when we hiked today. I was told by Friday that will have lifted.

hiking
20 hours ago

Beautiful hike! Parking is limited, so arrive early. The trail is wide and well maintained to Sol Duc. Moderate to heavy traffic. Spectacular waterfall views. The trail beyond was a steady incline with intermittent views as you climb. We encountered a fair number of backpackers doing the Seven Basins Loop-it was perfect weather for it! Some loose rocks on the trail, so mind your step. We reached Deer Lake which was surreal and stopped for lunch. It's worthwhile to walk around the lake. The trail becomes a "primitive path" in parts but is still easy to navigate and well worth it. The climb back down to Sol Duc was quick.

rock climbing
20 hours ago

First hike in the peninsula. The cascades were smoked out so we drove to mt ellinor. ellinor was smoky so we drove to storm king. Storm king was smoky but we hiked anyways.

Amazing hike. First portion is flat, wooded area that feels rainforesty, then a steep portion through beautiful forests until you start reaching rock outcroppings (and I assume without smoke, a view too). Once you reach the rock out-croppings it’s not much further until you come to the roped portions of the trail. You probably don’t really need the ropes but it makes the hike a lot more comfortable to use them. If you have a fear of heights you may get a little flustered. After the first sections of ropes there’s a little flat area with a rock outcropping that is apparently the false summit. Then you have to follow a trail through the woods to another section of ropes. Again they are not needed if you’re physically/outdoors inclined but are helpful. Eventually you will come to a chain to help you through some class 4 or 5 climbing. After you summit the chain, there’s a little notch to rest in. Looking at the trail below you, you must go right from here to reach the true summit. This is another class 4 ish climb with sketchy, chossy rock to grab onto. I only recommend this part for those who know what they’re doing or are confidently in their physical and mental demeanor. After this climb this you must hike a further and do more small climbs to reach the summit.

All-in-all, reaching what I think was the true summit I logged 8 miles.


Beautiful hike whether you stop at the first set, second sets of ropes, the chain notch, or the true summit. Only go as far as you feel comfortable... I am a rock climbing instructor & there were certainly parts where I had to take deep breaths to keep my mind together. I could see a less experienced adventurer getting stuck near the summit

With the fire going on, there's too much smoke. And no shade. Good workout, but mediocre Vista. I'm sure it's splendid when visibility is good.

One of the best hikes I have done. There actually is very less part of the trail remaining. Most of the part is buried under scree debris. Few points worth noting before going -

1. Most hike is at 45 degrees + angle. Be ready for exhaustive climb.
2. Carry lots of water (2+ liters). Most of the trail is exposed without any tree cover and is on the east face. So for major part of the day you will get direct scorching sun.
3. Use shoes with good grip. Most part is loose rubble and scree without rock holds.
4. Summit climb requires traversing a rock wall exposed to at least 100 ft drop. Be extremely cautious on the patch. Not recommended for people with vertigo traits.
5. Look for carrons at places to find the right trail. I have added few more carrons at ambiguous trail junctions.

8/19/18
Hike it early or late in the day if you want more serenity but I feel it’s a must do if you’re nearby. The trees and moss are just incredible, if you do it right you’ll be moved by the aura of this place. Take your time.

It is definitely a moderate trail...some really steep hills . I personally thought the view while walking was better than the water view at the top. We saw a deer as well when we reached at the top.
The trails that branch off at the top are kinda nice.
Would suggest to go on a clear day...60F and sunny will feel very very hot while walking.

Great hike. It was not easy to walk because there where al lot of loose stones on the beach. But its worth it.

hiking
2 days ago

Love this hike! The views are amazing. We saw a lot of mountaingoats near the trail. And there was one on the end of the trail, super cool. The way up was easy but steep. The way down was al tough because of the loose sand. You need good walking boots.

hiking
2 days ago

Love the elevation gain and ascent through the different layers of forest, but the climb at the end was too unsafe to feel comfortable doing as moderately experienced hikers. Sheer drops on either side with loose dirt and thin rope tied to downed trees made it a no go for my partner and I. Bit disappointed in the views as we didn’t make it to the summit, but you still get some decent shots of crescent lake.

As a note, the entire hike we were accompanied by quite a few bees and according to other hikers, they were swarming at the summit which forced them to leave quickly.

Great hike for all skill levels. very rewarding view at the top. plenty of other trails branch off from the main trail to turn a few miles into a few days in the Olympics.

hiking
3 days ago

We parked at the Sol Duc Hot Springs parking was free. The path is very clear and about 90% flat. The parts that are a bit steep go up smoothly so you don't even feel it. You see everything from ferns, blueberries, wildflowers, the most amazing Bridges, all to end up in this beautiful three-way cascading waterfall. It was about an hour and a half hike. I can tell you you don't really feel it you've got a lot to look at. As far as animals go we saw Birds, some squirrels and even a black bear. Would a 100% recommend this hike to anyone.

3 days ago

Ruby beach is absolutely stunning! The sand is very soft to walk on and there are also many rocks on the beach to climb to get that Instagram photo. The water is the Pacific Ocean so it is a bit cold but not unbearable to go for a dip. I’ve been to this beach twice and loved it each time.

I came here twice. Once in the afternoon and another time in the morning to catch the sunrise. You could see cascade mountains on one side and Victoria, B.C on the other side. The hike is very easy and paved. There is only 1 part of the hike that has a steeper incline. It takes about 45 mins from the trailhead to the peak. It was definitely a nice hike, but not the best Olympic has to offer.

To the lake, around it, and back was about 7 miles. Definitely my favorite hike so far in that area. I describe the trail as largely "stair-steppy," which I enjoyed over just normal trail terrain.

I would call this more of a leisure walk, not a hike. Very good for small kids and older outdoor enthusiasts. Saw a couple small deer walk out into the meadow, obviously not afraid of people that were on the trail. Paved trail the whole way, but a nice walk. Nice views!!

Absolutely beautiful! The walk was wonderful and doing it counterclockwise meant we saved the best canyons views for last.

Would call it a hike, just a very quick walk from the parking lot to a nice little waterfall.

Nice little hike. There is a lot of elevation gain once you get to the waterfall in the form of stairs mostly but wasn't bad. I saw an old man with a cane doing it. I love the bridge made from a local tree.

Did this hike last week in the rain. Was still a great hike even in the rain. It was a bit crowded compared to some other trails, but a must do. Beautiful plants and trees during the hike. Nice waterfall at the end. Very easy hike.

Absolutely worth the grueling and challenging hike. Spent 1 night up at the lake and although my body is still dying, I'm already planning a second trip!
Definitely not for the lighthearted!

nature trips
3 days ago

Beautiful trail with bridges, tunnels and waterfall. Very easy until the very end there are a few steps to climb up to see the falls.

Very enjoyable walk along the beach. Lots of cool big driftwood up on the beach. Some nice tidepools right before and right after hole-in-the-wall. Lots of mussels, snails and starfish in the tidepools. The day we went it rained off and on but was still very enjoyable. There were lots of campers there. Beware of small pockets of "quicksand" both me and my wife stepped in some and went up past our ankles, got socks wet. Make sure to go at low tide, check tide charts online.

Really gorgeous, steep hike. There were 2 sections of switchbacks. The first set are not long, but extremely steep. The 2nd set are pretty long, but managable. There are many bees, but they are busy with more important things. We saw tons of wildflowers, lots of chipmunks, plenty of deer, at least 30 goats, and these animals that looked like giant groundhogs. Once you get to the summit, all the hard work really pays off. Fog had rolled in and made us feel like we were in the clouds! Will definitely be returning.

Overcrowded, extremely easy.

hiking
4 days ago

Not easy but the view was more than worth it!

hiking
4 days ago

This is a great trail!! Trailhead is about a half mile past the hurricane ridge visitors center, on the day we hiked it the Whiskey road end trailhead was not accessible so we hiked down from hurricane ridge and then back up. Parts of the trail especially down by Whiskey road were over grown and there were several downed trees along the way but nothing out or the ordinary. Definitely pack a lunch and enjoy the seclusion, we didn’t see anyone for 6 hours.

hiking
5 days ago

It was an easy hike, my 6 yrs. old son didn’t complain at all. It is a 1.5 miles from Lake Crescent Lodge. Old trees are beautiful. Thumbs up for those that worked hard to maintain the trails. Five star all in all.

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