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Backpacker Magazine – August 2008

Olympic National Park

Explore two ecosystems in this hinterland of moss-draped forests, ancient trees, and snowcapped peaks.

by: By Michael Lanza

Dosewallips Mountains (Don Geyer)
Dosewallips Mountains (Don Geyer)

Exit Strategy

>> Clean up Get a spit shine at the Clallam County Family YMCA in Port Angeles ($1.50 for shower, $8 for a full-day pass) and save your money for a swanky hotel with an in-room hot tub in Seattle. (360) 452-9244

>> Pig out The Crabhouse Restaurant on the Port Angeles waterfront has–you guessed it–the best crab cakes on this stretch of coast. They're made with locally caught Dungeness. (360) 457-0424, pacrabhouse.com

>> Best Dayhike: Lake Angeles-Heather Park Loop This 13-miler features virgin forest, wildflowers, one of the largest lakes in the Olympics, and climbs to views of Port Angeles, the Olympic Mountains, and the North Cascades across the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Pick up the trailhead on Hurricane Ridge Road near the visitor center, outside Port Angeles.

>> Try something new You've seen two of the three major ecosystems in the Olympics. Now head for the coast on a sea-kayak trip along the Dungeness Spit. From the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge, near Sequim, paddle seven miles to a historic lighthouse. You'll see harbor seals, sea lions, bald eagles, and water birds. Olympic Raft and Kayak conducts guided tours and rents gear for DIY trips ($99 per person guided, $45 for an eight-hour kayak rental). (888) 452-1443 or (360) 452-1443, raftandkayak.com

Stay Dry in Soggy Country
The Olympics are part rainforest. Don't grow mold.

>> Be flexible If the forecast calls for days of heavy rain, head to Obstruction Peak in the park's northeast corner. The roughly 29-mile loop on the Elk Mountain, Cameron Creek, Grand Pass, and Badger Valley Trails lies entirely in the range's rainshadow.

>> Go late Dry weather sometimes lasts into the first half of October, which also falls outside the May 1 to September 30 period when hiker quotas are enforced in popular areas like Ozette Coast and the Hoh Valley.

You're a Tourist, Now Act Like One
Learn about the 3,300-square-mile Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary's unique ecosystem and wildlife at the Olympic Coast Discovery Center on the Port Angeles waterfront. Staff can also tell you the best spots to see whales, shoot coastal scenes, or enjoy secluded beaches. (360) 452-3255, olympiccoast.noaa.gov/AboutUs/ocdc.html

The Stats
Acres 922,651
Miles of trail 600+
Website nps.gov/olym Phone (360) 565-3131
2007 visitation 3 million (total), 70,215 (backcountry)



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We completed this trip this past week. The scenery and variety truly is stellar - you will see an unforgettable sampling of the Olympic Peninsula on this trip and the views really are amazing.

A few updates & words of advice:
1. Do your research before attempting this trip; it is not appropriate for beginners.
2. This article suggests that Lake Beauty to Three Prune can be completed in one day. In my opinion, you would have to be in AMAZING shape to pull this off. The Skyline Trail in this section is very difficult to follow (going tiny cairn to tiny cairn over a moonscape - literally no trail) and the elevation profile is very strenuous. Camping is possible on the east side of Kimta - there are campsites & water near the top.
3. Twelve Mile camp shelter is gone & the campsite is near a lot of widowmakers. Recommend pushing on 0.5 mile to Sixteen Mile.
4. The mileage from Three Prune to the trailhead is mis-stated in this article. It's more like 12 miles.
5. Our itinerary which worked out very well: Day 1 - 12 miles to Sixteen Mile Camp; Day 2 - 12 miles to Lake Beauty, skipping Martins Park; Day 3 - 7 miles to Kimta; Day 4 - 10 miles to Three Lakes; Day 5 - 9 miles out.
6. There is a laundry and pay showers ($0.25/minute) at the Rain Forest Resort near the Quinault Lake Ranger station near the trailhead.

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Don't waste your money at the Crab House. There are many good restaurants in Port Angeles and Sequim (about 15 minutes away) serving fresh, local cuisine. Otherwise, this article is spot on.

Barry Slater
Sep 08, 2008

I just spent a week in the North Cascades National park and did not have the chance to visit Olympic. I can't wait for a return trip to hike ONP.

Andrew Rankine
Sep 03, 2008

It's really beautiful up here, and is only 2 hours from Seattle. There are bus lines that go up from Seattle to Port Angeles, and from there you can see it all, Even to Vancouver Island (which is a 1.5 hour ferry ride away). A really great place. Best to go in the summer. In late July in Sequim the Lavendar Festival is great.

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