Olympic National Park

Hiking in Washington States Olympic National Park is a magical experience. Not just a great place to hike, it’s also an amazing place to backpack, boat, climb or just check out some tide pools. The region contains three main ecosystems: the subalpine forest and wildflower meadows, the coast, and the temperate rainforest. All these different landscapes make the wildlife abundant. Olympic National Park showcases why the Pacific Northwest is one of the most beautiful places on earth.

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THE TOP 10 HIKES IN OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK

Our Top 10 Hikes in the Olympics highlights all of the ecosystems in the park: the subalpine forest and wildflower meadows, the coast, and the temperate rainforest. The temperate rainforest will make you feel like you’re in the Jurassic era. The subalpine trails and ridgelines will give you amazing views. The coast is stunning, raw, and a biological marvel when you have the chance to check out the tide pools. You’re going to want to go through all these hikes by the time you’re done reading their descriptions.

#1. Royal Basin (28.3km, 1,412m, 10-12.5h): This is an absolutely stunning hike, following Royal Creek up to the heavenly Royal Basin. Since this hike begins in the Olympic National Forest, and not the park, the crowds on this trail are greatly diminished. It is a challenging hike, but it’s well worth the work.

#2. Obstruction Point to Deer Park (12.1km, 325m, 3-4h): A stunning alpine hike that is – surprisingly – not often done. Though the trailhead and the trail end are somewhat difficult the access, the time spent shuttling vehicles is easily worth the stunning views and minimal hiking effort.

#3. Klahhane Ridge (11.4km, 521m, 3.5-4.5h): Beginning the hike from the incredibly high alpine-viewpoint that is Hurricane Ridge, the trail along Klahhane Ridge provides some of the most picturesque panoramas in the park. Plus, the hike isn’t too physically demanding.

#4. Hole in the Wall (5.3km, 23m, 1.5-2.5h): This is a jaw-dropping hike from the raw edge of the Pacific Ocean to a collection of massive boulders jutting out of the water. Be sure to go at low tide to more closely enjoy the impressive rock formations at the end of the beach.

#5. High Divide Loop (29.6km, 1,197m, 9-12h): A classic full day hike along one of the most beautiful continuous ridgelines in the park. All the time spent above tree line on the High Divide Trail yields some of the greatest views of Mt Olympus the park has to offer!

#6. Ozette Triangle (15.5km, 122m, 4.5-6h): This classic loop hike walks you through the isolated northwest section of the park. The trail takes you out to the beach, along it, and then back a different trail.

#7. Hoh River Trail to Five Mile Island (19.2km, 812m, 5.5-7h): The Hoh River area of Olympic National Park is an extremely popular place to hike due to the beauty of the dense temperate rainforest. However, for those wanting to distance themselves from the crowds, we recommend hiking along the Hoh River Trail to Five Mile Island.

#8. Third Beach (7.2km, 117m, 2.5-3.5h): This hike takes place on the rugged and powerful west coast of the Olympic Peninsula. This trek is also a great option for anyone wanting to do an easy one-night backpacking trip.

#9. Marymere Falls (3.2km, 70m, 1-1.5h): This hike through the stunning temperate rainforest to the mystical Marymere Falls is one for the entire family. You might think you’ve been sent back in time to the Jurassic Period!

#10. Lake Angeles (11.4km, 719m, 3-4.5h): The sustained incline as you hike up to Lake Angeles is admittedly dull at times. However, the incredible, fortress-like views of the mountain’s cliffs surrounding the lake make the ache in your thighs feel justified.

01. Royal Basin

01. Royal Basin

  • Difficulty
  • 28.3km
  • 1,412m
  • 10-12.5h

02. Obstruction Point

02. Obstruction Point

  • Difficulty
  • 12.1km
  • 325m
  • 3-4h

03. Klahhane Ridge

03. Klahhane Ridge

  • Difficulty
  • 11.4km
  • 521m
  • 3.5-4.5h

04. Hole in the Wall

04. Hole in the Wall

  • Difficulty
  • 5.3km
  • 23m
  • 1.5-2.5h

05. High Divide Loop

05. High Divide Loop

  • Difficulty
  • 29.6km
  • 1,197m
  • 9-12h

06. Ozette Triangle

06. Ozette Triangle

  • Difficulty
  • 15.5km
  • 122m
  • 4.5-6h

07. Hoh River Trail

07. Hoh River Trail

  • Difficulty
  • 19.2km
  • 812m
  • 5.5-7h

08. Third Beach

08. Third Beach

  • Difficulty
  • 7.2km
  • 117m
  • 2.5-3.5h

09. Marymere Falls

09. Marymere Falls

  • Difficulty
  • 3.2km
  • 70m
  • 1-1.5h

10. Lake Angeles

10. Lake Angeles

  • Difficulty
  • 11.4km
  • 719m
  • 3-4.5h

Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity”

– John Muir