Places to Go

From the lush canopy of the temporate rain and old growth forests, to the sandy beaches of the wild coast, or the majestic overlooks of rugged, glacier-capped mountains, Olympic has a great deal to offer. Here you can find information about each area of the park, including how to get there, recreational opportunities, and popular trails.


Pacific Coast

Whether it's the tall seastacks that dot the coast, crystal waters of Lake Ozette, or grandeur of the old growth forests, Olympic's coastal areas are full of opportunities to explore diverse landscapes..

Sunset over Destruction Point at Kalaloch Beach
Kalaloch and Ruby Beach

Kalaloch Beach is a broad sandy beach ideal for walking and beach combing.

Rugged rocks and islands near Hole in the Wall at Rialto Beach.
Mora and Rialto Beach

Rialto Beach is a magnificent beach with scenic views of off shore islands to the south and sea stacks to the north.

Kayak bow on Lake Ozette.

Ozette not only has stunning beaches, but one of the largest lakes on the Peninsula.


Temperate Rain Forests

West of the Olympic Mountains are temperate rain forests, where rainfall is measured in feet (12-14 feet annually) and a lush green canopy of coniferous and deciduous trees and provides just the right conditions for mosses and ferns to flourish.

Trail in the Hoh Rain Forest
Hoh Rain Forest

Hall of Mosses and Spruce Nature Trail are two short trails that loop from the visitor center. The trailhead for Hoh Valley and Mt. Olympus

Still waters of the Queets River.
Queets Rain Forest

With relatively few visitors, the upper Queets Valley is the perfect location for quiet solitude.

A lush green rain forest with mossy trees and ferns.
Quinault Rain Forest

The Quinault Valley is a wilderness gateway to alpine meadows, jeweled lakes and ice-carved peaks.


Mountains and Old Growth Forests

Hurricane Ridge is the most easily accessed mountain area within Olympic National Park. In clear weather, fantastic views can be enjoyed any time of the year.

The Elwha and Sol Duc valleys are home to dense, green forests and sparkling rivers favored by salmon. Lake Crescent is a deep, glacially carved lake filled with pristine waters. The eastern side of Olympic National Park offers forests dominated by towering Douglas fir.

Snow shrouds the shores of the Elwha River in winter.
Elwha River Valley

Home of the Elwha River Restoration Project, the Elwha River Valley is also home to a lush lowland old growth forest.

Clouds reflecting upon Lake Crescent.
Lake Crescent

This deep, clear, glacially carved lake is surrounded by old-growth forest and is home to two endemic fish species. The Spruce Railroad Trai

Sun beams through the trees in the Sol Duc Valley.
Sol Duc Valley

The Sol Duc Trailhead offers access to some of the park's most popular wilderness backpacking areas including Deer Lake, Seven Lakes Basin,

Baily Range and Mt. Olympus can be seen from Hurricane Ridge.
Hurricane Ridge

"The Ridge" is one of the most accessible mountain destinations in Olympic National Park. It is a great location for enjoying scenic vistas,

Heavy snows over Deer Park Ranger Station
Deer Park

The Deer Park area includes a small campground, a short hike to the top of Blue Mountain and a seven-mile trail to Obstruction Point.

Mist over Skokomish River at Staircase.

Located just one hour from Olympia, this lush heavily forested area is where cathedrals of Douglas Fir reach for the heavens.

Last updated: November 7, 2022

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