hikes in Olympic National Park
Hiking in Washington State's Olympic National Park is a magical experience. Not just a great place to hike, Olympic National Park is also an amazing place to backpack, boat, climb or just check out some tide pools. Hikes in the Olympics are in three main ecosystems: the subalpine forest and wildflower meadows, the coast, and the temperate rainforest. Hiking in Olympic National Park showcases why the Pacific Northwest is one of the most beautiful places on earth.
The best hikes in the Olympics highlight the beauty of the Pacific Northwest. Hiking in the temperate rainforest will make you feel like you’re in the Jurassic era. A hike along subalpine trails and ridgelines will give you amazing views. Taking a hike along the coast is stunning, raw, and a biological marvel when you have the chance to check out the tide pools. You’re going to want to spend more time in Olympic National Park to hike these incredible trails. Check out our top hikes in the Olympics below
THE TOP 10 HIKES IN OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK, WASHINGTON
- Royal Basin (15.3mi, 4465ft, 10-12.5h): The best hike in the Olympics, and one of the best hikes in the Pacific Northwest. This hike follows Royal Creek up to the heavenly Royal Basin. Since this hike begins in the Olympic National Forest, and not the park, the crowds on this trail are greatly diminished. It is a challenging hike, but it’s well worth the work.
- Obstruction Point to Deer Park (7.5mi, 1066ft, 3-4h): A stunning alpine hike that is – surprisingly – not often done. Though the trailhead and the trail end are somewhat difficult to access, the time spent shuttling vehicles is easily worth the stunning views and minimal hiking effort.
- Klahhane Ridge (7.3mi, 1709ft, 3.5-4.5h): Beginning the hike from the incredibly high alpine-viewpoint that is Hurricane Ridge, the trail along Klahhane Ridge provides some of the most picturesque panoramas in Olympic National Park. Plus, the hike isn’t too physically demanding.
- Hole in the Wall (3.3mi, 75ft, 1.5-2.5h): This is a jaw-dropping hike from the raw edge of the Pacific Ocean to a collection of massive boulders jutting out of the water. Be sure to go at low tide to more closely enjoy the impressive rock formations at the end of the beach.
- High Divide Loop (17.5mi, 3927ft, 9-12h): A classic, full day hike along one of the most beautiful continuous ridgelines in Olympic National Park. All the time spent above tree line on the High Divide Trail yields some of the greatest views of Mt Olympus the park has to offer!
- Ozette Triangle (9.8mi, 400ft, 4.5-6h): This classic loop hike walks you through the isolated northwest section of Olympic National Park. The trail takes you out to the beach, along it, and then back a different trail.
- Hoh River Trail to Five Mile Island (10.1mi, 459ft, 5.5-7h): The Hoh River area of Olympic National Park is an extremely popular place to hike due to the beauty of the dense temperate rainforest. However, for those wanting to distance themselves from the crowds, we recommend hiking along the Hoh River Trail to Five Mile Island.
- Third Beach (4.5mi, 302ft, 2.5-3.5h): This hike takes place on the rugged and powerful west coast of the Olympic Peninsula. This trek is also a great option for anyone wanting to do an easy one-night backpacking trip.
- Marymere Falls (2.0mi, 230ft, 1-1.5h): This hike through the stunning temperate rainforest to the mystical Marymere Falls is one for the entire family. You might think you’ve been sent back in time to the Jurassic Period!
- Lake Angeles (7.1mi, 2359ft, 3-4.5h): The sustained incline as you hike up to Lake Angeles is admittedly dull at times. However, the incredible, fortress-like views of the mountain’s cliffs surrounding the lake make the ache in your thighs feel justified.
The best hikes in Olympic National Park
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