Explore the most popular Walking 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.

lovely easy hike

This trail was great, it gets you awake from the crowds of the NP, and allows for a quieter experience on the trail. The path is very wide and some areas are even good for a jogging stroller, I saw dogs on leash, and several bikers. Very multi purposeful. There were some areas where large rocks had fallen or a tree that hadn't been maintenanced yet, but it wasn't impossible to move around. When you get to the tunnel, go to the trail on the left that goes around, to view the bridge. Gorgeous views of the lake! The bathroom at the trailhead was pretty dank and nasty (maybe go elsewhere).

This was a fantastic way to spend a Sunday! We were not the only ones on the trail it is true, but it certainly wasn’t crowded. Pit toilets are open at the parking lot/trailhead. The trail is very well maintained with no downed trees to mention. Not much water in the certain spots of the creek- but very beautiful and serene. Plenty of benches along the way for a rest or just to enjoy the view. We did not go up the Ellinore trail but hope to go back on a clear day for what is said to be a killer view. It is steep I won’t lie- but it is doable for any level hiker- slow and steady will get you there! We went clockwise - going up steeper but coming down more gradually. Take the trail marked confluence trail for the small falls and many bridges. Many nice spots for a picnic lunch on your hike. With several short stops for photos and our explorative lunch, we spent 3.5-4 hours. Perfect half day adventure in Sheltons backyard!

Easy and gorgeous! Nice that it’s a full loop. Recommended.

Hiked the loop with a small dog. Started the loop by going left. Trail was in pristine condition. Very well maintained. Lot of parking space at the trail head for $5/day. Conditions: cloudy. 55-60F. Low traffic: less than 10 people. Moderate difficulty. 2h40 including pauses and lunch. Next time I’ll try the Mt Elinor trail (diificult).

Easy, nice, paved!

Great trail and a good hike. Took kids and our dog without any issues.

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2 days ago

Just incredible. Don’t forget to stop at beach 4. A little less crowded than Ruby Beach. My wife’s favorite place in Washington.

Stopped off here to get a short hike done before continuing our drive from Olympia to Ruby Beach. This fit the bill nicely. Great place for a hike and a sandwich. Amazing beauty.

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rocky
2 days ago

Went today! Awesome easy trail. I wasn’t sure where the trail loops around so I went back when it split by 3 trails. Beautiful hike, beautiful drive.

Very nice hike though with the low rainfall this year, the mosses seemed dried out and less verdant. Preferred Spruce Trail, especially as it worked it’s way along the Hoh River bank.

Amazing hike along the Sol Duc. Great trail and majestic forest

Beautiful falls!

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4 days ago

Easy 2 mile loop. Nice stream views from the west side (crushed stone path) of the loop. The east side was simply an easy dirt road.

Beautiful trail but definitely a bit more challenging due to the giant rocks and boulders, rope climbs and descent, and sand to walk across. Some places impassible at high tides. Bring some gloves for the ropes. Backpacking out there is amazing though. Don’t forget that the trail mileage starts at Shi Shi Beach itself. You still have about 2 miles to add from the trailhead.

Had a friend from out of state visiting. This was a perfect place to take him to show him the beauty of the Olympics with a small time frame.

Nice little hike. Went with my 2 and 4 year olds. They loved playing on the sandy beach and cross the log bridge. The trail was very busy and it was a Tuesday morning.

This was an amazing hike. Although wish we hadn't done it in one day. 5 of the 11 miles is pretty grueling with rope work up and over some of the points along with massive boulders that had to be crossed. Took us 6.5 hours. Pay attention to the tide schedule or you might get a little wet. Saw eagles, beavers, seals and deer. Campsite at Ozette river was great with big fire pits. We did filter water from the river when the tide was going out. All in all a great day on the coast, but not an easy walk on the beach.

beautiful, easy trip through the forest

Well.... a lot of people of course. Maple Grove totally destroyed by the last winter. That was a bummer. got some pretty pictures though. Easy like hike/walk for kids.

I went yesterday 6/16/19. The road is easy to get to. I had my 2 wheel drive Kia Soul. I traveled into the valley first. If you do this, start at 7am or earlier. When the snow turns to slush it would make the trail too dangerous to travel. After the descent the trail is clear of snow. The meadow is beautiful, but keep your eyes on the trail. There are many game trails and it would be easy to get lost. The mosquitos get bad after the first bridge and dont let up until the lake. Fill up on water at the lake and put on sunscreen. The trail up to the ridgeline is steep, long, and mostly exposed. When you think you are level with the mountains across from the trail you have about 300' more to climb. The snow doesn't return until the ridgeline. It posed no danger on the trail. Watch out for, Bears, Deer, and Bob Cats. I saw all of these in the valley.

Hiked to Boulder shelter. Trail is well maintained. Great views from just below Boulder.

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8 days ago

It’s an easy and leisurely walk! Very peaceful along the beach. Just make sure you check the tide charts before you go, otherwise you can’t see the hole-in-the-wall. When I went it was quite early in the morning and the weather was pretty gloomy and foggy. But don’t be discouraged if you don’t see any blue skies! The fog actually lends a nice air of mystery to the area. I think it’s an enjoyable hike regardless of the weather!

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8 days ago

Started out as a great hike but we turned around after a mama bear and her 2 cubs decided to hang out on the trail

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bridge out
9 days ago

Beautiful tall trees! Lots of parking and easy trail and Water Falls at the end. We took our 2.5 year old twins boys! Little bridges to go over and with puddles or a creek running under it. Nice and peaceful

on Royal Basin Trail

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9 days ago

The trail is in very good condition and clear all the way up to Royal Lake. We camped at the Lower Meadow campsite, right next to Royal Creek Rover which came in handy as a water source. There are PLENTY of mosquitos - I ended up getting bitten >20times even through my pants. Bring lots of deet! The trail from Royal Lake to the Upper Basin was mostly clear except for the last incline which is still covered in snow. The snow is melting and is very slippery during the day. I didn’t use my microspikes but definitely recommend poles! Overall, very nice hike. We saw a few deer and one stubborn goat who kept hanging out at Royal Lake campsite. It took us approx 5 hrs to Royal Lake and 4hrs back to the car.

So I was only able to hike about a mile and a half and the views were still amazing. The road is open and totally driveable without 4 wheel drive. However we couldn’t hike the whole or even most of the trail because there is still significant amount of snow. As soon as I got to the stairs to descent it was just covered and got too risky without having crampons and snow gear. The ranger also said not to even bother with badger valley unless you have an ice pick and crampons as the ridges are all snowed in. I think this will be a worthy hike mid July, but right now just isn’t passable with basic gear.

Easy hike, very lush with lots of ferns and mosses. Very little elevation gain. Worth doing as part of the loop drive around the lake.

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11 days ago

Great trail very easy hike. I recommend crossing the fence and going down to the falls. Can get to the top just right of the bench very steep but worth it.

I prefer this falls to Marymere falls AND is a stroll vs hike.

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