Easy Hiking: Olympic National Park
Olympic National Park Day Hiking Travel Tips
For a relaxing and easy exploration of the Hoh Rainforest, take either of the two
short trails that start near the visitor center. Both the Hall of Mosses Trail, an
0.8-mile loop trail, and the Spruce Nature Trail, a 1.2-mile loop trail, are wonderful
introductions to the lush forests.
To get your heart beating, head to Hurricane Hill. It begins at the end of the
Hurricane Ridge Road and is 1.6 miles one-way. There is a gain of about 700 feet in
elevation, providing panoramic views.
For a fun jaunt along the coast, take an easy walk along the Ozette Coastal Loop.
Following an elevated boardwalk trail, you will see coastal forest and the beach.
The best season for this trail is April through October.
At Lake Crescent, stroll along the shores of the 12-mile-long glacially carved
lake. Be prepared for a very chilly swim if you dare get in the water.
If the coast is your favorite spot in the park, head to Rialto Beach where you
can walk along a rocky beach, watch waves crash onto offshore islands, and perhaps
spot a bald eagle.
We have divided the park up into
, spiraling clockwise from the coast. The
Olympic Coast - http://www.gorp.com/parks-guide/travel-ta-olympic-national-park-hiking-sidwcmdev_067760.htm
, the longest wilderness coast in the lower 48, offers hikes both on the beach itself
and on boardwalks. The
northern edge of the Olympic Mountains -
offers high peaks and Lake Constance.
Elwha River-Hurricane Ridge - http://www.gorp.com/parks-guide/hurricane-ridge-outdoor-pp2-guide-cid402508.html
- has opportunities for day hikers up into the alpine meadows or longer trips following the Elwha
River into the heart of the national park.
are generally short and less strenuous - good for exploratory day hikes and family
jaunts. A couple are even wheelchair accessible.
Elwha River-Hurricane Ridge
Hood Canal Country