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.
Olympic National Park
Don't let the manicured paths trick you: Workers in Washington state's mountains wage an endless war to keep the trails open.
Olympic National Park, WA
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These 15 miles of beachfront property are among the best 100 miles of trail in the whole national park system.
A 7.4-mile hike with nonstop views of the Olympics, leading to a summit on the eastern edge of Olympic National Park.
End your day with a splash on the Olympic Peninsula.
Link lush, mossy forests with alpine lakes and meadows on this 35.2-mile backpacking trip in Olympic National Park.
Pack a week's worth of classic Northwest scenery (coastal rainforest, glittering lakes, thundering falls, and toothy peaks) into just three days on this 23.1-mile loop.
On this climb from the Hoh River's silty riffles to high-country glacier views, you'll pass through a moss-hung rainforest that might be the lushest place in America.
Hike through temperate rain forest alongside the Hoh River to the tip of the Blue Glacier--the largest glacier in Olympic National Park--and 7,980-foot Mt. Olympus towering above the ice.
Climb up and over Appleton Pass--and past huckleberries, western red cedar, and hemlocks--to soak in this chain of natural hot springs.