Explore the most popular wildlife 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.

hiking
19 hours ago

Late review, but was a great hike in October, 2017. Brisk but you get a workout. I wouldn’t call it super easy with the hills. The two suspension bridges were amazing. Hot springs are small and always occupied. Also clothing optional — with users expressing ZERO modesty — so watch with kids. Alcohol was definitely being imbibed out there.

Hiked mid-April 2018, camping at the Chalet. It's clearly early season as much trail maintenance is required at this point in time. Many blow downs and water running down and along the trail. Had to bushwack several sections or walk through a 3-inch deep stream that could be considered a trail on a dry day. The last two miles or so to the chalet is under snow, and luckily there were some footprints from previous hikers, from maybe a week ago, that indicated some kind of trail. We were completely alone up here. The last hiker we saw was still before Pony Creek, and we didn't see anyone else until the next day when we approached Fire Creek. The trail is washed out when you enter the valley, so be prepared to do some climbing until maintenance arrives. By this point we had given up on trying to stay dry because it seemed impossible no matter how hard we tried. Found some snow-free tent spots behind the chalet and promptly froze my ass off through the night. Thankfully it was so cold the bears didn't bother us up there, though we did see some around mile 10, along with lots of elk. In the morning the fog had cleared and we saw the mountain peaks that were obscured the previous evening. Hiked back down in the sunshine, enjoying the wild and gnarly landscape. Water is in abundance so you can keep a light pack, I never carried more than a Liter at a time. If I needed more I could stop anywhere to fill up and filter. Overall it was a very good and challenging hike and would definitely recommend to others, but prepare for wintery conditions higher up for the next few weeks.

backpacking
2 days ago

My friend and I roughed it all the way up to Elk Lake in the early Spring, but decided to turn back once we got up past our knees in snow. Parts of the trail were underwater, but we were prepared for that. Its just the snow we were not prepared for. Beautiful trail though with lots of life.... and rain.

Not as nice as Hall of Moss. But it does take you close to the river.

So beautiful! Huge trees totally covered in Moss for the whole trail. It made me want to do the whole Hoh River trail when I have time.

Stunning views. Beautiful place. The parking lot at the trailhead is convenient, has restrooms, easy to find. The road leading to it is paved all the way. There is a small restaurant on the way. The sand on the beach is black and there are a lot of pebbles. Amazing walk. Seagulls and even an eagle.

It is so beautiful. A nice easy to follow loop with information about plants that you can read as you go along. There are also poems about nature by different poets, such as William Wordsworth, Theodore Roethke, Langston Hughes. Beautiful green mosses drape the trees. There is a short side trail to a cute maple grove.

Amazing beach with beautiful views. Dark sand and pebbles. Lots of great picture opportunities. In low tide there are lots of by-the-wind sailors washed out onto the beach. Great beach walk. The wind was quite strong. The sound of the waves was very soothing. Trailhead is easy to find and parking is convenient.

hiking
3 days ago

A wonderful forest hike along the bank of the Hoh River. Parts of the trail are muddy. There is a beautiful little waterfall along the way. There are several camp sites; you register at the Hoh Rainforest Visitor Center but you do not reserve camp spots, except for the farthest ones. Hoh Rainforest gets 14 feet of rain a year; the most in November and the least in July and August.

hiking
3 days ago

Great hike! It was steep and not gonna lie it kind of kicked my ass. Haha. Be prepared to rock climb.

this a great trail, but today there was heavy snow trying to drive there, the last mile or two and too much snow on trail to hike in regular shoes..will go again later this spring..use caution driving in

Fun trail...didn’t get to upper Lena Lake today since I wasn’t prepared for that much snow. Definitely would be fine to get through with proper footwear. No snow for about 1.5 miles past the lower Lena lookout rock.

After you drive to the end of the lake and see a great bridge to your left you will see the road has washed out and you need to park. Don’t block the bridge, cars drive across because there are two more trailheads on that side. You hike about a mile on the road to get to the original trailhead and camp grounds. It was actually really pretty, right along the river the whole time. Also just seeing what we couldn’t access any more was interesting, there are decent size buildings that people can only hike in to get. Just crazy. The trail itself was amazing and exactly what I picture as PNW hiking. You are along the river the full time, you can easily get views of white water and mini waterfalls. I turned around and did a Down and back from the bridge. The bridge would of made the whole hike worth it but thankfully the scenery did not disappoint. I saw a few people hiking out with overnight packs so I think that would be fun. I would say an easy hike and worth walking on the road for. To get over the washed out road though they have cut a log at the top of the slide that’s easy to walk across both ways. There are no bathrooms at the TH, those too were washed out in the slide.

This was a lovely and easy hike with a couple of inclines. There were hardly any other hikers in the morning. After 2:00, several folks were on the trail. I hiked past Comfort Camp about a half mile which led to fantastic views!

To call it a loop is misleading. It does connect, you just have to use some critical thinking skills. Also, it is more than 5.5 miles. That being said, it was worth the aggravation on the way back. The trail goes through a drive in camp site that has a hard top road. You will pass two toilet facilities on the return trip almost back to the resort.

There were some minor falls all along the trail and the main falls were amazing! The old growth and mossy trees reminded me of where Tree Beard would live if we were in Middle Earth. Some wash out areas and tree falls made it slightly difficult to navigate. Overall, worth it. Make sure you have water proof boots.

hiking
4 days ago

I was fortunate enough to spend 3 months last summer in the Olympic Peninsula experiencing the beauty of Washington. Every place I went was a new experience, seeing something different than before. So many choices, numerous beaches, rainforests, waterfalls, glacier fed rivers and lakes and so many majestic mountain ranges. Not to mention the wildlife, sea life, wildflowers, massive trees and sea stacks. Incredible beauty in every direction. I fell hard for the Olympic Peninsula and missed it so much when I returned home to Wisconsin, I’ve decided to move to Forks Washington this July. I am so excited!!
I really can’t choose a favorite place, because I loved every place I traveled, but one of my favs was Rialto Beach and Hole In The Wall.
There are two parking lots right off the beach, one paved and the other gravel. Either one are a short walk to get to the beach. Once you get to the beach you will see massive trees that have washed up on shore from storms. All this driftwood just adds to the mystique of the beach. Most of the beach is rocky, but does get sandier by the water. Sometimes walking is easier closer to the water.
You can find all kinds of beautiful rocks and sea glass on the beach. About 2 miles down the beach is Hole In The Wall, it’s a pretty easy walk, I’m 67 and had no problems. If you need to sit a minute, there’s always plenty of large driftwood to sit on. You do have to check tide times. There is so much to explore on your way to Hole In The Wall, you won’t realize you walked 2 miles. Hole In The Wall is an awesome place, an abundance of tidal pools to explore, or just find a place to sit and listen to the waves crashing against the sea stacks Chances are you will see bald eagles too! I loved going there for the peace and tranquillity. Oh and did I mention the incredible sunsets!!
So if you are headed to the PNW, enjoy all it has to offer...you won’t want to leave ❤️

Great easy hike, a little climbing over a downed tree, but the falls are just beautiful. Lots of gorgeous pics of moss covered rocks with water flowing over.

Loved this trail! I got 4.5 miles up today and was stopped by snow as I couldn't find the trail today. Definitely going back when the snow is melted!

great views. very snowy on april 18 2018. extra gear needed to reach the top due to weather that time.

We went all the way down to the water and we definitely weren't prepared for the difficulty of it. It's really steep going down and especially coming up, some of it gets a little rough, but there are stairs for small portions of it. I don't recommend bringing kids unless they're old enough to really have the energy for climbing! It was a great trail, just definitely wasn't easy.

Went for our first time today and it was a very beautiful hike. Only made it about 3 miles up and the whole trail is snow and ice. Had our dog and he had a blast. Did not see one person there. Very peaceful and the river and waterfalls are amazing. Will definitely go back during the summer to make it to the top. Hardest uphill hike I've ever done though.

Pretty scenery with lots of informational signs about the flora. Lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots of people and loud because of it. Great for people at all levels! An average person can probably do it in about 20 minutes, so it doesn't take long. Add it on to another hike in the area!

On April 1st through the 2nd I hiked the Ozette loop, I made it along the video along the way you can find it here: Cape Alava, Sand Point, Ozette Loop Hike 2018https://youtu.be/Y6Ep3_yVMdk From the trailhead at the Ozette Ranger Station I hiked South to Sand Point where we set up camp and then continued south along the beach towards Yellow Banks. I reached the southernmost cape before yellow banks and turned around due to a high tide and I didn’t want to go over the top. That night there was a few rain showers and then it cleared up. I got up early on Monday the 2nd low tide was at around 8:30 I made a quick hike to Cape Alava that morning with a beautiful sunrise and made it back to Sand Point just in time for breakfast. After Breakfast I just hung around Sand Point and enjoyed the beautiful weather. Shortly after dinner I Left for the vehicles and a long drive home. Again here is the video I made along the way: Cape Alava, Sand Point, Ozette Loop Hike 2018https://youtu.be/Y6Ep3_yVMdk
Overall it was an AMAZING hike there where only 2 trees over the boardwalk.

Be safe out there,
NW Adventures

Amazing. You really feel like in the heart of the forest. Hiked it on the first day of spring, March 20. No snow on trail anymore. A couple of trees fell across the trail and you need to climb over them but it's nothing serious. The trailhead is at Loop E of the Heart O' the Hills Campground. The trail is narrow and winding but not difficult. Towards the end of the trail you can see and hear the creek down below.

hiking
17 days ago

We checked this trail out after doing the Hall of Moss loop. We went about half way to Tom Creek Trail. It was pouring rain! Trail was very muddy so def need some good hiking shoes if you plan on going soon. This trail was nice you get more moss, big trees and a view of the river.

walking
17 days ago

Nice walk along the beach! We crossed the little river and went to the rocks which was cool because no one else was there. Very beautiful view of the ocean and there was a bald eagle so that was a plus.

Pouring rain when we were there but very pretty. Short and easy loop.

There is lots of snow on the trail still so be prepared. We had to hike on the road for about 1.5 mile before actually getting to the trail head. Most people had snowshoes but we went without so you could do both. It was a pretty hike with all the snow but views were minimal since it was all whited out (reason for 4 stars). Definitely will try again!

25th March. Nice walk. Beautiful views.

hiking
19 days ago

This trail was beautiful the whole way. It was definitely longer than 12.1 miles though. My tracker said 15.3 miles round trip.
5.37 miles until the turn off where the actual climb starts. Took me about an hour and 40 to get to this point. This portion of the trail was well maintained and easy.
After 5.37 miles, the turn off to climb up to the lake will be on the right. It can be easy to miss, but there is a wood sign on the ground that says “Lake Constance”. There are a lot of downed trees on this portion of the trail so be prepared to climb over them. For first mile, it is fairly easy to find the trail. As you get higher up the trail gets hard to find at times. But there are occasional pink and orange ties to guide you. I had the app opened and used the map on here to help me find the path. This portion was slightly over two miles and took me just under two hours. Coming down was slippery so be sure to allow extra time.
There was a little snow toward the top, but nothing crazy. I brought spikes but didn’t need to use them. I did this hike by myself but I would recommend having company.

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