• Olympic: Three Parks in One

    Olympic

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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.

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?

star-shaped purple flowers growing in a crack of a rock

That the Piper's bellflower is unique to the Olympic Mountains? Named after an early Olympic peninsula botanist, the Piper's bellflower grows in cracks and crevices of high elevation rock outcrops.