10 Amazing Day Hikes in Olympic National Park

Figuring out how to see the most of Olympic National Park can be daunting to a first time visitor. With nearly a million acres of park to explore and encompassing four majestic and varied ecological regions, there is just so much to see.

Although many people choose to backpack into the more remote sections of the park (with the appropriate permits), there are so many wonderful day hikes that are of easy or moderate grade and that show off what makes the Olympics one of the crown jewels of the Pacific Northwest.

Some are short enough that they can be combined with others for a good day of exploration. And most, if you choose, can be extended into overnight backpacking trips or just longer day hikes in the area.

For example, the Ozette Triangle Loop. Located in the coastal and intertidal section of Olympic National Park, this loop takes you along the coast and the temperate rain forest that borders it. Cape Alava is rich in petroglyphs and artifacts of the native people who have lived in the area for over 2,000 years. Wildlife abounds, as it does in much of the park.

Here are 10 hikes that shouldn’t be missed…

 

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