Top Trails Olympic National Park and Vicinity  by Douglas Lorain

Top Trails: Olympic National Park and Vicinity Guide Book

by Douglas Lorain (Wilderness Press)
Top Trails Olympic National Park and Vicinity  by Douglas Lorain
With its rugged shoreline, dense rain forests, diverse plant and animal life, and towering mountains, Olympic National Park offers an overwhelming number of outdoor adventures. Top Trails Olympic National Park & Vicinity describes both the park’s classic destinations and lesser-known jewels in 39 must-do hikes. The trails range from an easy family stroll through view-packed alpine meadows, to an 8-mile trek to a spectacular beach with dozens of sea arches, to a 20-mile overnighter through some of the finest mountain scenery in the country. This guide will help you explore the heart of the park. Whether you’re looking for a scenic stroll to stretch your legs, a full-day adventure, or a rewarding backpacking trip, you’ll find it here.

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Trails from the "Top Trails: Olympic National Park and Vicinity" Guide Book
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Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 39.

Before I give all the usual glowing reports about how beautiful this hike is, I feel obligated to say that most readers should probably forget all that and not take this trip. There’s no two ways ...
Quilcene, WA - Hiking - Trail Length: 8.2
Cape Flattery protrudes from the very tip of the Olympic Peninsula and forms the northwesternmost point in the Lower 48. Fittingly, visiting this remote location really gives you the impression of bei ...
Neah Bay, WA - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.4
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Some of the best views in Olympic National Park, and certainly its most famous ones, can be had from just off the road at the top of Hurricane Ridge. Millions of people flock here to take in the sce ...
Port Angeles, WA - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.9
The summit of Colonel Bob is easily the best trailaccessible viewpoint in the western Olympics. That is not to say, however, that Colonel Bob is easily accessible by trail. It’s a tough climb, but thi ...
Quinault, WA - Backpacking,Hiking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 8.2 miles
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Deer Park is a busy, high-elevation destination in the northeast corner of Olympic National Park. July–October the park can be reached by a steep and winding gravel road. Locals know, however, that yo ...
Sequim, WA - Hiking - Trail Length: 10.2
Located near the center of the Olympic Mountains, the old lookout building at Dodger Point is ideally situated to offer an outstanding view of all parts of this magnificent range. And boy does it ever ...
Port Angeles, WA - Backpacking,Hiking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 27
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Dungeness Spit, the longest coastal spit in the continental United States, is a narrow peninsula of sand that extends almost 6 miles into the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Because it juts so far out into a ...
Sequim, WA - Hiking - Trail Length: 10.8
Anchoring the western end of aptly named Grand Ridge, Elk Mountain offers some of the best views in Olympic National Park, which shouldn’t be surprising because it features the highest maintained trai ...
Port Angeles, WA - Hiking - Trail Length: 5
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The Elwha River is one of the longest and largest streams on the Olympic Peninsula and is certainly in the running for the prettiest. Its rushing cleartoemerald-green waters drain a very scenic canyon ...
Port Angeles, WA - Hiking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 5.9
Grand is such an extreme superlative that only a handful of places in this country really qualify: Arizona’s Grand Canyon and Wyoming’s Grand Teton are at the top of the list. Perhaps not quite in the ...
Port Angeles, WA - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 13.9
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The best trail-accessible viewpoint of the lower Elwha River Valley is found on the little-traveled Griff Creek Trail, where solitude is virtually assured. It’s not as if this trail is hidden or hard ...
Port Angeles, WA - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.2
Perhaps the most renowned natural attraction of Olympic National Park is its temperate rain forests. Watered by prodigious amounts of rain, giant (make that massive, no, positively enormous) conifers ...
Forks, WA - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.2
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On maintained trails in the Olympic Mountains, not much really compares to High Divide. Here, the views are arguably better, the wildlife more abundant, the flowers more numerous, the lakes more commo ...
Port Angeles, WA - Backpacking,Hiking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 20.3
You certainly won’t be lonesome on this heavily used trail, but the crowds are there for a good reason: an easily accessible trail to a mountain overlook with few equals in the park. The solitude-se ...
Port Angeles, WA - Hiking - Trail Length: 6.4
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Jefferson Cove offers the chance to escape the crowds found at some other Olympic Coast destinations (notably Kalaloch Beach, Ruby Beach, and Rialto Beach) without sacrificing anything in the way of s ...
Hoh Indian Reservation, WA - Hiking - Trail Length: 5.2
Depending on your mood and abilities, this trip can be either a moderately difficult hike to a lovely mountain lake or a challenging but classic loop trip that showcases all of the many charms of the ...
Port Angeles, WA - Hiking - Trail Length: 12.9
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Lake of the Angels is a favorite of rangers and, arguably, the most beautiful trail-accessible lake in the Olympic Mountains. That said, in this case, the word trail has to be in quotes. This is one o ...
Hoodsport, WA - Hiking - Trail Length: 7.4
This is a very popular trail that was once described in another guidebook as being the best day hike on the Olympic Peninsula. I think that is an overstatement, but there is no denying that this is a ...
Quilcene, WA - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 12.4
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Marymere Falls is one of the most popular trail destinations in Olympic National Park. Thousands of sneaker-clad tourists trek up the easy trail to this falls, which offers them a welcome opportunity ...
Port Angeles, WA - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.6
Without argument, Mount Ellinor offers the finest on-trail viewpoint in the southeastern Olympic Mountains. Because this portion of the range is also the most easily accessible to day hikers who live ...
Hoodsport, WA - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.4
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