Day Hiking at Olympic

Before hiking you should know...

  1. Even on short hikes, be prepared for changeable weather. Carry food, water, raingear and extra layers of clothing.
  2. Please use Leave No Trace techniques to help preserve the wilderness:
    • Use pit toilets where available. In other areas, bury waste 6-8" deep and 200 feet from water sources and campsites. Please pack out toilet paper.
    • Pack out everything you pack in including food waste and garbage.
    • Stay on trails to avoid trampling vegetation
  3. 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.
  4. Pets are not allowed on park trails or beaches except on leash (up to 6-ft) at the following locations:

This helps protect you, your pet and wildlife. Pet rules differ on neighboring national forest and state land.

  • **Mini Trail: paved 0.1 mile loop trail near the Visitor Center
  • Hall of Mosses Trail: 0.8 mile loop trail beginning near the Visitor Center
  • Spruce Nature Trail: 1.2 mile loop trail beginning near the Visitor Center
  • Sam's River Loop: flat 2.8 mile trail through different ages of temperate rain forest. Watch for damage from severe winter storms.
  • **Maple Glade Trail: 0.5 mile loop beginning at the Quinault River Ranger Station on the north shore of Lake Quinault.
  • Cascading Terraces Trail: is a flat 0.5 mile trail beginning at Graves Creek campground. Note: 2016 flooding swept away the riverside part of this former loop and blew down trees.
  • Irely Lake Trail: 1.2 mile trail beginning 0.7 miles before the North Fork campground entrance.
  • **Kestner Homestead Trail: 1.3 mile loop trail starting at the Quinault River Ranger Station on the north shore of Lake Quinault
Hurricane Ridge
  • **Meadow Loop Trails: several 0.25 to 0.5 mile trails that begin from the parking lot.
  • **Hurricane Hill: 1.6 miles one way that begins at the end of the Hurricane Ridge Road. The rough paved trail gains about 700 ft. in elevation, giving panoramic views. (Wheelchair accessible for the first 0.5 miles)
  • Klahhane Ridge: begins near the Visitor Center. The first 2.8 miles leads to a junction with the Klahhane Switchback Trail. You may continue or return to the Visitor Center.
Deer Park
  • Rainshadow Loop: self-guided 0.5 mile loop to summit of Blue Mountain. Starts at the end of Deer Park Road, a steep, one-lane gravel road not suitable for RVs or trailers.
  • Ancient Groves Nature Trail: a 0.6 mile loop starts 9 miles up Sol Duc Road.
  • Sol Duc Falls: 0.8 miles one way from the end of the Sol Duc Road.
  • Lover’s Lane Loop: a 5.8 mile loop connecting Sol Duc campground, Sol Duc Falls and the Resort.
  • Mink Lake Trail: 2.6 miles one way from Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort.

Lake Crescent
  • **Moments in Time Nature Trail: a flat 0.6 mile loop trail beginning at Lake Crescent Lodge.
  • **Marymere Falls: 0.9 miles one way from Storm King Ranger Station. (The first 0.5 mile is accessible.)
  • Mount Storm King Trail: 2.1 miles one way from turnoff on Marymere Falls Trail. It climbs 2,100 feet!
  • Pyramid Peak Trail: a 3.5 miles one way from near the North Shore Picnic Area. It climbs 2,350 feet and crosses a steep landslide area!
  • *Spruce Railroad Trail: 4 miles one way along the lake. Pets and bikes allowed. A 6.5-mile paved, wheelchair accessible extension leads west. One tunnel is restored and ongoing work will make the trail wheelchair accessible.
  • Heart O'the Forest Trail: 2.3 miles one way and starts at Loop E in Heart O’ the Hills campground.

Olympic National Park Visitor Center
  • Peabody CreekTrail: a 0.5 mile loop from the Visitor Center parking area.
  • **Living Forest Trail: a 0.4 mile loop trail behind the Visitor Center.
  • *Madison Falls Trail: a paved 0.1 mile one way trail to a waterfall; starts near the Elwha Entrance Station.
  • Cascade Rock Trail: a steep 2.1 mile one way forest hike begins near the picnic shelter in the former Elwha campground or on the bypass trail.
  • Smokey Hill Trail: a steep 0.4 mile one way trail to the Elwha River from 4 miles up the Whiskey Bend Road.
  • Smokey Bottom Trail: 1.9 miles one way; views of Elwha River restoration. Starts at a parking lot just past Glines Canyon Spillway Overlook.
  • West Elwha Trail: 3.0 miles one way through forest near the river; starts at Altair picnic area.
  • Geyser Valley Loop: a 6.0 mile loop trail beginning at the end of the Whiskey Bend Road. The trail can be broken down into shorter loops.
  • Shady Lane Nature Trail: 0.9 miles one way and begins across the bridge from the ranger station.
  • Staircase Rapids Loop Trail: 2 miles with a bridge over the Skokomish River, and nice forest and river views. Starts near ranger station.
Be aware of tides when hiking the coast. Pick up a tide chart at a ranger station or visitor center.

  • Cape Alava Trail: 3.3 miles one way partly on boardwalk from near the ranger station to the coast.
  • Sand Point Trail: 2.8 miles one way partly on boardwalk from near the ranger station to the coast.
  • A 2.9 mile beach walk connects the Cape Alava Trail and Sand Point Trail making a 9 mile loop.
  • Rialto Beach: 1.5 mile hike to arch and tidepools at Hole-in-the-Wall. Use caution if continuing north.
  • Second Beach: 0.7 mile hike to tidepools and seastacks from La Push Road, 14 miles west of Highway 101.
  • Third Beach Trail: 1.4 mile hike to a sandy beach from La Push Road, 12 miles west of Highway 101.
  • James Pond: a 0.3 mile loop to a small beaver pond near ranger station.
  • **Beach 4: 0.2 mile one way walk from Highway 101 to a beach and tidepools (only viewpoint accessible).
  • **Ruby Beach: 0.2 mile one way hike from Highway 101 to the coast and seastacks (only viewpoint accessible).
Be aware of tides when hiking the coast. Pick up a tide chart at a ranger station or visitor center.



Last updated: June 15, 2022

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