Olympic Peninsula Loop Drive

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Olympic Peninsula Loop Drive is a 329.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Olympia, Washington that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

329.2 miles
16,722 feet

kid friendly



nature trips

scenic driving

bird watching




hot springs




wild flowers


scenic driving
5 months 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.

7 months ago

We’ve done this trip on the Harley in late summer and it was beautiful throughout the whole loop!

scenic driving
Sunday, October 22, 2017

Beautiful drive. It took me three nights to drive it with no specific goals in mind. If you're going to visit I would say cape flattery is definitely a must see. I also went to lake ozette and hoh rain forest and both were very beautiful. Port angeles is really cool place if you need a break from wilderness. I will be back to check out everything I missed the first time around

scenic driving
Friday, September 22, 2017

Great way to explore the Olympic Peninsula. Road is narrow and winding in many places. Lots of logging trucks driving on the road. Sometimes a tree can fall on the road and the traffic stops until they clear the fallen tree off the road. Many places to stop and take magnificent senic pictures. Hoodsport, Sequim, Port Angeles, Forks are good places to stop to eat and rest. Many hiking trails to choose from along the way. Lake Crescent is a great place to take a detour to. Sequim is a lovely town with quaint boutiques and lavender farms. Forks is very small but well known for its timber museum, the Twilight saga and being the rainiest town in the continental US. Across the Strait of Juan de Fuca you can see Victoria, the capital of British Columbia, Canada.

scenic driving
Friday, April 21, 2017

We've done this loop twice and there is plenty to do to spend at least an overnight or two. Don't miss Dungeness Spit, Olympic National Park Hurricane Hill, Sol Duc Falls, Lake Crescent, Hoh Rain Forest, Mt. Walker Observation area, Lime Kiln State Park, Neah Bay, Cape Flattery, La Push, Rialto, and Ruby beaches, Forks and Quinault. Take the Hole-in-the-wall beach walk and check out some of the biggest trees you'll ever see. Take the ferry from Port Angeles to Victoria or San Juan Island. Awesome adventures!

scenic driving
Saturday, January 28, 2017

Beautiful drive! overtime we do this, we make sure to stop by Ruby Beach. The summer months is better because the tide is not as high and you can walk out further. Also the HOH Rain Forest is a nice place to stop as well.

scenic driving
Saturday, October 29, 2016

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.

scenic driving
Friday, September 02, 2016

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.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

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.

scenic driving
Sunday, November 10, 2013

Been on the majority of the loop on a backpack trip with a friend that lived in Seattle. Very Scenic

scenic driving
Sunday, June 16, 2013

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!

scenic driving
1 month ago

Tuesday, August 22, 2017