Places to Visit in Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park is known for its distinct ecosystems, glaciated mountains, rugged Pacific coastline, and lush temperate forests. It is a favorite spot for adventure seekers with challenging mountain peaks and breathtaking views. The park is a must visit for photographers and nature lovers. Here we have mentioned the top places to visit in Olympic National Park.

Hurricane Ridge

Hurricane Ridge is one of the most easily accessed mountain areas within Olympic National Park. To view the stunning views you can drive to Hurricane Ridge from Kalaloch. Hurricane Ridge is named for its intense gales and winds The drive rewards you with some breathtaking views. Hurricane Ridge is located 17 miles south of Port Angeles, via Highway 101.

Trip to Hurricane Ridge is the best way to enjoy all the pristine mountain areas. On clear days it offers you a stunning panoramic view of the park, it is one of the best spot in the park for sunset and sunrise. You also get to see black-tailed deer grazing in the wildflower and even Olympic marmots.

Ruby Beach

Ruby Beach is one of the most visited places in the park. The beach is famous for its reddish sand, gained its name from the ruby-like crystals that can be found in the beach. It is located about 25 miles from Forks on the southwest coast of the Olympic Peninsula. 

Ruby Beach is a haven for photographers and wildlife watchers. You get to see large nesting colonies of birds, including tufted puffins, Western gulls, and bald eagles. Ruby Beach is a rocky beach, not a sandy beach so you need to wear flip-flops, or water shoes.

Marymere Falls

Marymere Falls Trail is a 2.7 kilometer out and back trail that features a lake.. The trail is well maintained and relatively flat until nature stairs to reach the Marymere Falls viewpoints it gains about 200 feet. The nature stairs begin after two bridge crossings over Barnes Creek and Falls Creek.

The trail takes you through large towering trees, encompassing amazing river views. The trail begins at the Storm King Ranger Station. The trail is the most popular family-friendly hike in the park. It is also easy to hike suitable for all level of hikers.

Lake Crescent

If you like to spend your trip in peaceful places Lake Crescent is the perfect spot. The lake is surrounded by the Olympic Mountains giving it a spectacular view. It has plenty  of activities to offer Kayaking, sailing, hiking, picnicking or you can even relax on the beach. The lake is named for its sickle shape. It is also famous for fishing, especially  Beardslee trout you can find 14-pound fish only at Lake Crescent. The lake is 624 feet deep, glacier-carved lake. The crystal-clear lake is outlined with a stunning mountain range.

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