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Olympic National Park

In northwestern Washington, near Port Angeles

 

Olympic encompasses three distinctly different ecosystems—rugged glacier-capped mountains, more than 60 mi of wild Pacific coast, and magnificent stands of old-growth and temperate rain forest. About 95% of the park is designated wilderness, so these diverse ecosystems are largely pristine in character. Isolated for eons by glacial ice, the waters of Puget Sound, and the Strait of Juan de Fuca, the Olympic Peninsula has developed its own distinct array of plants and animals. Eight kinds of plants and 15 kinds of animals are found on the peninsula and live nowhere else in the world. Mount Olympus National Monument was proclaimed in 1909, transferred to the Park Service in 1933, renamed and redesignated in 1938, and designated a Biosphere Reserve in 1976 and a World Heritage Site in 1981.

 

WHAT TO SEE & DO

Auto touring, backpacking, bird- and wildlife watching, fishing, hiking, mountain climbing, picnicking, skiing, snowshoeing, swimming. Facilities: 3 visitor centers: Port Angeles, Hurricane Ridge, and Hoh Rain Forest. 11 ranger stations, 168 mi of roads, 600 mi of trails. Programs & Events: Ranger-led programs and activities (July and Aug.); ranger-led snowshoe walks (Dec.-Mar., weekends); Olympic Park Institute one- to three-day field seminars on natural history; nature photography; and kayak, canoe, and backpacking outings (Apr.-Oct., tel. 360/928-3720 ). Tips & Hints: Drive to Hurricane Ridge for high country and mountain vistas, Hoh Rain Forest where 12 feet of rain a year creates huge trees and greenery, and Rialto or Ruby Beach for view of Pacific beaches. Come prepared for a variety of weather. Bring rain gear and layered clothing. Buy topographic maps for most hikes (tel. 360/452-0339). Busiest Aug. and Sept., least crowded Jan. and Feb.

 

FOOD, LODGING & SUPPLIES

 Camping: 17 campgrounds in the park (tel. 360/452-0330; about 925 sites; $8-$15; some flush toilets, some pit toilets). Backcountry camping allowed (permit required, see below).  Hotels: In the park: Kalaloch Lodge (U.S. 101, Forks, tel. 360/962-2271; 15 rooms, 44 cabins; $200-$300), Lake Crescent Lodge (416 Lake Crescent Rd., tel. 360/928-3211; 35 rooms, 17 cabins; $56-$180; closed Nov.-Apr), Log Cabin Resort (3183 E. Beach Rd., tel. 360/928-3325; 28 rooms, 4 cabins; $58-$ 115; closed Oct.-Mar). In Quinault: Lake Quinault Lodge (South Shore Rd., tel. 360/288-2900 or 800/562-6672; 92 rooms, 1 suite; $68-$195). X Restaurants: In the park: Kalaloch Lodge (U.S. 101, tel. 360/962-2271; $15-$25), Lake Crescent Lodge (416 Lake Crescent Rd., tel. 360/928-3211; $15-$25). In Sequim: Three Crabs (11 Three Crabs Rd., tel. 360/683-4264; $10-$22).  Groceries & Gear: In Fairholm: Fairholm General Store (U.S. 101 at west end of Lake Crescent, tel. 360/928-3020).

 

FEES, HOURS & REGULATIONS

Entrance fee: $10 per vehicle or $5 per bicyclist or bus passenger. RV sewage dump station fee: $3 per use. Ozette parking fee: $1 per day. Backcountry permit ($5-$7, tel. 360/565-3100) required. Stay on trails and use existing wilderness campsites. Park open daily. Visitor center in Port Angeles open daily 9-6. Hours vary at Hurricane Ridge and Hoh River Rain Forest visitor centers.

 

HOW TO GET THERE

The park, which occupies the center of the Olympic Peninsula and a 63-mi strip along the Pacific Coast, can be reached from the Seattle-Tacoma area via U.S. 101 or by ferry . For car and passenger ferry service between Victoria, British Columbia, and Port Angeles, call 360/457-4491. For passenger ferry service in summer between Victoria and Port Angeles, call 360/452-8088. Closest airport: Fairchild International in Port Angeles (20 mi).

 

CONTACTS

Olympic National Park (600 E. Park Ave., Port Angeles, WA 98362-6798, tel. 360/565-3131). North Olympic Peninsula Visitor & Convention Bureau (Box 670, Port Angeles, WA 98362, tel. 360/452-8552 or 800/942-4042).