Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park encompasses nearly one million acres of Washington wilderness, making it a perfect choice for many backcountry adventures. The best Olympic National Park hikes showcase its four distinct environments: Pacific coastline, alpine tundra, temperate rainforest, and drier forest. All sit in the shadow if Mount Olympus, the snowcapped peak at the heart of it all.

 If you plan on camping in Olympic National park, checking out Hart Lake (a BACKPACKER staff favorite) is an absolute must. And if you plan on hiking in Olympic National Park, look no further than the picturesque North Coast Route. It stands out as one of our top hikes in the whole parks system.

Hiking the Elwha River, Olympic National Park

See dense forest and prehistoric ferns on this 45.2-mile jaunt.