Olympic National Park
This lush, rainy corner of the country is in pristine condition. It was cordoned off by the federal government early in the twentieth century before it could be logged. Today the Olympic Peninsula is 95% wild land.
Please remember that you’re treading on national park soil. A preserve of all that’s wild and free. Please recreate responsibly. Tread lightly. Pack out garbage and make it a good experience for others.
Entrance fee - $25 for vehicles, $10 for individuals.
Olympic Park by the numbers – 922, 650 acres of primordial forest. 3.4 million visitors annually. Established in 1938.
Sol Duc Falls – A 1.6. mile out-and-back trail leads you to a cascading waterfall favored by migrating coho salmon. Sol Duc Falls is located on the northwest part of the park, and it's easy to see why it's such a popular spot. Maybe you'll catch a rainbow over the falls -- it's a common occurrence.
Hoh Rainforest Hall of Mosses – Yes, it’s every bit as Lord of the Rings as it sounds. This side of the Olympic Mountains receives record amounts of rainfall. It’s apparent in draping moss. Take it in on a .8-mile walk. There’s virtually no elevation gain on this looped path, making this quite an accessible hike for folks looking to experience walking in a world of greenery.
Coastal experiences/Ruby Beach – Some of the last wild coastline on the West Coast. Haystack rocks jut out of the surf. Looking west to catch a sunset, you discover that you’re peering out over the very cusp of the continent and there’s nothing out there until you basically hit Hawaii. You feel small, humbled, grateful to be alive in such a mysterious, beautiful world.
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