"A Spectacular Coastal Mountain Wilderness" Top 5 Page for this destination Olympic National Park by chewy3326

Olympic National Park Travel Guide: 300 reviews and 782 photos

Wonderland

Olympic National Park is a wonderland filled with rain forests, beautiful lakes, snow-capped mountains, waterfalls, and much more. You can view rocky coastline, glaciers, and giant cedars in the same day. It's a great national park, one of my favorites, so be sure to spend a few days here.

Olympic National Park covers over 900,000 acres, with 95% of land designated as wilderness, and about 3,000,000 visitors annually. The most visited parts of the park are the Hoh Rain Forest and Hurricane Ridge. Don't even think about doing this park as a day trip. You need a minimum of three days (generally, seven to ten days should be about enough). There are many, many places that I missed this time that I know I have to come back for in the future: views of Mt. Olympus from the High Divide, Hurricane Ridge on a clear day, and hiking into the Seven Lakes Basin.

There's no way to really experience Olympic without at least doing some hiking; try the Hurricane Hill Trail, Cape Flattery Trail, Sol Duc Falls Trail, and some others. The park is usually a very lush green.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Beautiful mountain scenery
  • Cons:Often cloudy, stormy
  • Last visit to Olympic National Park: Jun 2003
  • Intro Updated Dec 28, 2005
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  • roamer61's Profile Photo
    May 12, 2006 at 9:10 AM

    One of the most spectacular National Parks and one that I yearn to go to. Great page.

  • el_ruso's Profile Photo
    Mar 13, 2006 at 6:41 AM

    Great photos! I loved visiting Vancouver, and hope to return to this area again. Thanks for visiting my page.

  • shivan's Profile Photo
    Mar 3, 2006 at 3:30 AM

    fantastic pictures and comment!

  • chodearm's Profile Photo
    Feb 23, 2006 at 6:16 AM

    Something has been pulling me to Olimpic for a long long time. Gotta quell the power.

  • goingsolo's Profile Photo
    Feb 8, 2006 at 4:50 PM

    This page rocks! I'm dying to visit this park. The scenery is far better than I imagined. My friends in Seattle say that the rain doesn't stop till July 4th. Sounds like they're right. :)

  • btex's Profile Photo
    Feb 7, 2006 at 2:42 PM

    nice photos. I remember hiking the trail to marymere falls. hope to return someday.

  • Ken_Weaver's Profile Photo
    Feb 3, 2006 at 4:57 PM

    Great pics and tips on a favorite place of mine!

  • mtncorg's Profile Photo
    Jan 19, 2006 at 8:21 AM

    The road into Deer Park takes you to the Grand Park trail, which is an even better hiking destination. Nice tips on a spectacular park ... even if they don't allow mountain corgis on the trails.

  • richiecdisc's Profile Photo
    Jan 13, 2006 at 3:32 AM

    Thanks Chewy. I loved Olympic too. It really has it all.

  • sayedaburas's Profile Photo
    Nov 21, 2005 at 9:02 PM

    Best of luck. I like it. Travel is a great adventure to discover more and more.

chewy3326

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