"Where Wishes Come True: Olympic National Park" Top 5 Page for this destination Olympic National Park by richiecdisc

Olympic National Park Travel Guide: 302 reviews and 794 photos

Often the sum is far greater than the individual parts that comprise it. Olympic National Park is one of those cases. Mount Olympus despite its many glaciers does not dominate the horizon like Rainier and even the most alluring of rainforests lack the spectacle of massive sequoias but it's not often that one leads right to the other. It's even less common for those two to be adjacent to an incredibly rugged and wild coastline. In Olympic National Park, those three amazing terrains combine to form a truly magical landscapes when taken in total. That such vast habitats are home to so many diverse creatures only adds to its uniqueness.

a vast wilderness

The park service has done its best to tame the land and yet let it run wild. Amenities are quite good, trail network extensive and there are even organized hot springs. But make no mistake, the vast majority of the park is very much wilderness and to get there you have to walk many miles. So, it is that rare park that caters to both the casual tourist and the intrepid backpacker, with both able to enjoy it in their own ways, rarely needing to cross each other's paths aside from weekend logjams at trail head parking lots.

let's share the apple

Sound like a Garden of Eden? Well, it is and as with the real Eden, fruit is not always meant to be eaten. Conservation to protect such treasures is tantamount and only through our combined efforts to ensure its longevity will future generations see what the earth looked like before man decided to pave most of it. Enjoy Olympic National Park and share it with all the creatures that call it home.

  • Last visit to Olympic National Park: Aug 2008
  • Intro Updated Nov 13, 2009
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  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Jan 23, 2010 at 8:54 AM

    Richie, I can't believe how many beautiful parks you visited in the northwest! Olympic certainly ranks at or near the top judging from your excellent pics and commentary! Loved your OTBP tips too, especially the Sea Otters.

  • toonsarah's Profile Photo
    Jan 1, 2010 at 7:49 AM

    This would be an excellent page in any case, but the otter shot is the icing on a beautiful cake :-) And the NPS should pay you for the great PR you provide!

  • Nov 25, 2009 at 6:34 PM

    you are truly blessed to experience such beautiful wilderness areas with the love of you live richie, but i am sure you know that already! this page is so inspiring, i wanna get out hiking!

  • mtncorg's Profile Photo
    Nov 18, 2009 at 10:34 AM

    Outside of climbing - Cat Peak and the High Divide are great - you picked the best trails and were rewarded with some great weather! Nice pages! A growler of Port Townsend IPA could have washed that Tillamook down nicely for future refrerence :-]

  • DoreenDe's Profile Photo
    Nov 16, 2009 at 3:57 PM

    star fish, sea otters & elk...oh my... as for the mountain goat...they better not touch our furry friend, he was the highlight!

  • Gili_S's Profile Photo
    Nov 14, 2009 at 8:19 AM

    Wow, those are really amazing places to see, nice pose :) Pasta is nice & easy in camping as long as there is also some beer ;-)

  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    Nov 14, 2009 at 12:03 AM

    Boy, you outdid yourself! And yes, now I must come! This is a gem and I could spend ages here!! I love the photo of your blue angel and the spring flower photos, and everything else :-) Including your polar bear story :-)

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