• Olympic: Three Parks in One

    Olympic

    National Park Washington

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  • Madison Falls Trail Closed for Repairs Beginning July 7

    The one-tenth mile Madison Falls Trail and trailhead parking lot located in Elwha Valley will close to public entry beginning on Monday, July 7 while crews make improvements and repairs.

  • Spruce Railroad Trail Improvements to Begin August 5

    Spruce Railroad Trail will be closed from the Lyre River TH to approximately 0.25 miles east of Devil’s Punchbowl. Work is expected to be completed by the end of October. The remainder of the trail will be accessible from the Camp David Jr. Road TH. More »

  • Safety Advisory: Mountain Goats

    NPS has received reports of aggressive mountain goats near trails at Hurricane Ridge, Royal Basin, Seven Lakes Basin, Lake of the Angeles, & Grand Pass. Visitors are required to maintain a distance of at least 50 yards from all wildlife. More »

  • Safety Advisory: Rabies

    Rabies has been detected in a single bat in the Lake Crescent area of the park. Rabies exposure is extremely rare, but fatal if untreated. Anyone observing unusual or aggressive behavior among park wildlife should inform a park ranger as soon as possible. More »

Day Hikes and Walks

man, woman and two young boys looking at the forest floor
Even a short walk can lead you to new discoveries.
 

Day hikes of varying length and difficulty are found throughout the park. Some are universally accessible while others are more challenging.

More information on day hiking in Olympic (pdf)

 

Before You Go ...

  • Even on short hikes, be prepared for changeable weather. Carry food, water, raingear and extra layers of clothing.
  • Do not drink water directly from streams. We recommend boiling water or using a water filter or other treatment that kills or filters giardia and cryptosporidium. Iodine tablets do not kill cryptosporidium.
  • Stay on trails to avoid injury to yourself and the park's vegetation.
  • Pack out all trash, including food waste.
  • Pets are not allowed on park trails or beaches -- except for the following areas where leashed (up to six feet in length) pets are permitted:
    • Spruce Railroad Trail (Olympic Discovery Trail)
    • Rialto Beach one-half mile north to Ellen Creek
    • All Kalaloch beaches (from Ruby Beach south to South Beach)
    • Peabody Creek Trail

Did You Know?

rocky beach

Olympic National Park protects 73 miles of wild Pacific coast. Tidepools, sandy beaches and rocky cliffs can all be found here.