This park encompasses mountains and the sea, with temperate rain forests and largely undisturbed ecosystems. It is 95-percent ... More
Olympic National Park
This park encompasses mountains and the sea, with temperate rain forests and largely undisturbed ecosystems. It is 95-percent wilderness, with virgin old-growth forests and untouched land. There are few roads or services, and accommodations are mostly limited to campsites with fireplaces and rest rooms, but walking the trails is well worth the effort. Admission is USD10 per vehicle fee for up to seven days, USD5 per person for cyclists and bus passengers. There are many great trails for the experienced backpacker. Other fees may apply for parking and wilderness areas.
Our trip to the Hoh rain forest was like driving into a postcard. We only went for the day yet, being engulfed in "fairy-tale" forest makes me truly appriciate the wonders of mother nature. How many shades of green could there possibly be??
Drove the entire 101 coast route to the 1 in CA back home to So Cal and was fortunate enough to stop at the HOH RF and hit up Ruby Beach just south of it. So many natural wonders in the PNW. My family will cherish those memories forever and if we forget, the thousands of photos I took will remind us about it. We hope to make that trip again with different stops in mind.
I have consistently read about the flourishing elk herd in the Hoh. Although I have never been far into the Hoh because of my kids at the time, the whole area is singular in its beauty. Rain forests have a verdant smell and feeling. Check out the Olympic range from Queen Anne Hill in Seattle sometime.
I loved Olympic National Park in so many different ways. I am from Washington and every year we have a family reunion over by the Olympic National Park. So me and my cousin decided to take a tour around the park. When we did it was amazing. Nature surrounded us and I felt peace. There is so much sight seeing as well if you know where to look. Plus we found some trails that lead us to this glorious water fall. It was amazing.
Stayed overnight in cabin in Rainforest in the 1960's -- "roughed it" and enjoyed every minute -- hanging moss / great hiking trails. Look at the Olympics from my home near Seattle and am so lucky to be able to do so!!
Olympic National Park is one of the world's scenic wonders that no one should miss. The Hoh Rainforest is beautiful, and the park rangers do an awesome job on the nature walk. The "Hall of Mosses" was incredible! Just wish we'd had more time to stay in such a wonderful place....
Everyone should visit Washington state and especially the O.P. There is nothing like it anywhere and unfortunately it probably won't be around in 100 years due to environmental abuse and global warming.
Go now and take your children.
Places you must visit:
Hoh Rainforest (Hall of Mosses Trail)
Cape Flattery (parking permit is NOT necessary even though the local people tell you differently)
La Push (2nd Beach)
Places you don't need to go:
Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge (5-mile spit w/ no wide life at all)
Lake Crescent (not too long trail to see a bridge only, the water is blue though)
Kalaloch (take La Push instead)
Friday Harbor (couple of blocks of shops)
Places I haven't been:
Sequim Game Farm
Buckhorn Wilderness and Deer Park
This was a beautiful place! My boyfriend and I camped 4 nights at the park. The first night, we camped at the beach, and the other three nights we stayed in the forests. There are some cute inns, but the camping experience is the way to go! There is so much to do and see (the beautiful lakes, the rainforest, the waterfalls, the mountains, the ocean...) No where in the country can you experience three different ecosystems on one trip (mountain, forests, water).
I also went during July. The weather was beautiful! It was sunny and cool...LOVED IT!
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