Olympic National Park

3002 Mt Angeles Rd
Port Angeles, WA - 98362

Type: Parks
(360) 565-3130

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Olympic National Park, located on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State, is a diverse and expansive natural wonder covering nearly one million acres. The park is renowned for its varied ecosystems, including rugged coastlines, temperate rainforests, and alpine mountains, offering visitors an unparalleled array of landscapes and outdoor activities. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site and an International Biosphere Reserve, Olympic National Park is a testament to the importance of preserving natural beauty and biodiversity.

One of the park's most striking features is the Hoh Rain Forest, one of the few temperate rainforests in the U.S. Here, visitors can walk beneath towering Sitka spruce and western hemlock trees, draped in moss and ferns, along trails like the Hall of Mosses and the Spruce Nature Trail. The lush, green canopy and the tranquil ambiance create a surreal and enchanting experience, especially during the frequent rains that keep the forest perpetually verdant.

The park also boasts over 70 miles of pristine coastline, where visitors can explore rugged beaches like Rialto Beach, Ruby Beach, and Kalaloch Beach. These areas are known for their dramatic sea stacks, tide pools teeming with marine life, and stunning sunsets. Inland, the park's mountainous regions, including Hurricane Ridge, offer breathtaking views, hiking trails, and opportunities for winter sports. The highest peak, Mount Olympus, stands at 7,980 feet and is a popular destination for climbers and mountaineers.

Olympic National Park is accessible year-round, but conditions and available activities vary with the seasons. Summer is ideal for hiking, camping, and beachcombing, while winter brings opportunities for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing in the higher elevations. Regardless of the time of year, the park's diverse ecosystems and scenic beauty provide a wide range of experiences for nature enthusiasts and adventurers.

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