Guidebook

Discover the Incredible Diversity of Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park is one of the most diverse national parks in the United States!

Greg Heil

Description

"With glacier-packed peaks, ancient forests, and a rugged coastline, Olympic is arguably one of the most diverse national parks in the country,” writes Brad Lane on PlanetWare.com. With so many options available spread over almost a million acres of land, figuring out where to start is often the biggest challenge! In this guidebook, you’ll discover a broad selection of Olympic National Park’s very best hikes.

Most visits to Olympic National Park begin at the Hoh Rain Forest. This deep, lush, moss-covered forest is a result of the incredible 140 inches of precipitation that the Hoh Rain Forest receives every year. "The Hoh is one of the finest remaining examples of temperate rainforest in the United States and is one of [Olympic National Park’s] most popular destinations,” according to NPS.gov. To experience the Hoh Rain Forest, you can choose from short sightseeing hikes, an all-day epic, or even a multi-day backpacking itinerary that will take you all the way to the base of a glacier!

If you want to explore the wild and scenic coast of Olympic National Park, the North Coast Route provides an absolutely unbeatable multi-day backpacking itinerary! Sound like more than you want to bite off? Try out the Cape Alava Loop day hike instead.

If you prefer to head to the high ground, Mount Townsend or the Seven Lakes Loop will all satisfy your thirst for alpine views. To cap it all off, go soak in a hot spring and rest those weary muscles!

Sources:
NPS.gov: Olympic National Park
NPS.gov: Visiting the Hoh.
PlanetWare.com

Hoh River Trail: Full Trail Out-and-Back
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP's Editorial team.

Hoh River Trail: Full Trail Out-and-Back

Olympic National Park
1 day +
54.2 km
1,737 m
1,737 m
The iconic Washington rainforest hike in its full glory!
Difficult
Private
Hoh River Trail: Five Mile Island
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP's Editorial team.

Hoh River Trail: Five Mile Island

Olympic National Park
3 - 4 hrs
16.3 km
181 m
181 m
One of the most beautiful hikes in the nation!
Moderate
Private
North Coast Route
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP's Editorial team.

North Coast Route

1 day +
49.5 km
537 m
533 m
Beach and headland navigation along Washington's rugged and remote northern coastline in Olympic National Park.
Severe
Private
Hall of Mosses Trail
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP's Editorial team.

Hall of Mosses Trail

Olympic National Park
0 - 1 hrs
1.7 km
22 m
22 m
Short but beautiful hike in the Hoh Rainforest.
Easy
Private
Hoh Rain Forest Loop
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP's Editorial team.

Hoh Rain Forest Loop

Olympic National Park
0 - 1 hrs
2.0 km
6 m
6 m
Short but beautiful hike in the Hoh Rain Forest.
Easy
Private
Ozette Triangle
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP's Editorial team.

Ozette Triangle

3 - 4 hrs
14.5 km
202 m
202 m
Day hike or backpacking trip through towering rainforest and along a dramatic stretch of the Olympic Coast.
Moderate
Private
Olympic Hot Springs Trail
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP's Editorial team.

Olympic Hot Springs Trail

Olympic National Park
7 - 8 hrs
26.7 km
1,086 m
1,086 m
Wilderness hot springs deep in the forest, near a tumbling creek, and with backcountry camping nearby.
Easy
Private
High Divide Loop
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP's Editorial team.

High Divide Loop

Olympic National Park
1 day +
30.0 km
1,618 m
1,618 m
One of Washington’s premier backpacking routes, to alpine lakes and along a mountain crest in Olympic National Park.
Difficult
Private
Mount Townsend Trail
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP's Editorial team.

Mount Townsend Trail

4 - 5 hrs
14.0 km
922 m
923 m
Ascend through mountainside forest and meadows to 360-degree views over Seattle, the Cascades, and the Olympic Peninsula.
Difficult
Private