Olympic National Park General

  • Coralline Algae
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  • 1. Poetry along the Trail

    Poetry Walks is a program supported by the North Olympic Library System. This Poetry Walk is along the Hall of Mosses Trail in the Hoh Rain Forest. Some outstanding poetry selections are posted all...

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  • 2. Coralline Algae

    I've been to many tide pools but this was my first experience seeing Coralline Algae. It is a pink colored algae that forms on shallow rocky shorelines and sea bottoms, especially on reefs. The...

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  • 3. Deer Lake Wildlife

    After my 4 mile hike to Deer Lake, I continued on the social trail to the far end of the lake. This provides a different view and just as scenic from either end. However, the highlight at the lake...

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  • 4. Hindsight 20/20

    Every now and again you make some regrettable travel decisions and we made 2 biggies on this trip. We'd opted to drive down the coast from Forks, exploring...

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  • 5. Olympic National Park

    To me, one of the most beautiful places in Washington State is the Olympic Peninsula. Most of the peninsula is taken up by Olympic National Park. Olympic...

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  • 6. A note about Forks

    A few years ago Stephenie Meyer penned a romance called "Twilight" about a young girl, named Bella, and a vampire, named Edward, and struck gold. So did the...

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  • 7. A note about park accommodations

    I'm crazy about our national parks but not necessarily their accommodations.On the plus side: they are usually in beautiful locations, can offer spectacular...

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  • 8. crisp cold air to the back door

    I was up early and had forewarned my wife that I would hike further into the basin alone. Despite a ranger explaining it was easy, we had not been able to...

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  • 9. hanging from a bear wire

    Though the hike to Deer Lake was all uphill, it went surprisingly quickly. I guess all the sugar from the ice cream fueled us on but a late start meant a late...

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  • 10. be careful what you wish for

    That's when I saw my polar bear. Right in front of me. Adrenaline coursed through me and then I realized what the grunting was the night before. It was this...

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  • 11. Tillamook makes the back-to-back trek go down

    We knew which treks we wanted to do and unlike at Rainier where our efforts were thwarted by late season lingering snow, Olympic was just thawing out. Our...

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  • 12. I wanted to backpack

    Olympic is a great park for its variety of terrains and while you can enjoy all of them casually, the only way to immerse yourself in the diversity is to...

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  • 13. Kalaloch

    Kalaloch is located near the beaches. Here you will find a lodge and resort which consists of a series of cabins which appeared similar to the ones we stayed in...

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  • 14. Hoh Rain Forest

    The Hoh rain forest is the most unusual area of the park, and a beautiful place to visit, even briefly. Its about a two and a half hour drive from Port Angeles...

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  • 15. Storm King

    Storm King is less than an hour's drive from Port Angeles. Here you will find Lake Crescent, the Lake Crescent Lodge and some great trails. The Marymere Falls...

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  • 16. Hurricane Ridge

    Hurricane Ridge was one of my favorite areas in the park. Unless you're headed to the backcountry, this is the only place where you'll see grand sweeping views...

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  • 17. Olympic National Park Visitor's Center

    The main park visitor's center is located near Port Angeles. Here you will find some exhibits on the various sections of the park. This is a great place to...

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  • 18. Lake Crescent

    When I first saw Lake Crescent while driving west on highway 101, I must have stopped about a dozen times and the various pullouts. Part of the reason for this...

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  • 19. Rain Forest and Wildlife

    Among my favorite places is the Quinault Rain Forest on the southwest side of the Olympics. Lake Quinault, a tiny resort community on the south side of the...

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  • 20. Lake Mills and the Upper Elwha Dam

    This lake may not be here much longer. There is a plan to remove this the dam - and one further downstream - to restore the Elwha to its natural state, so as to...

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  • 21. Easy hike to Pacific Coast from Lake Ozette

    Though you must watch your step, it is an easy hike with little elevation change. The boardwalk has been expanded and maintained well. It can be slippery, but...

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  • 22. Old Growth Forest & Wild Ocean Camping

    The Ocean, for mountains go to the Cascades. I would drive along Hwy 101, there are opportunities to see and hike the Ocean by the highway (Kalaloch, or drive...

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  • 23. Look on the Lodge Roof

    What the wind direction on the lodge room. Winds tend to blow in from the ocean which is just a few miles awayAlways a good idea to call before coming even if...

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  • 24. The Famous Chess Board

    My family and I have spent many hours in the lodge playing chess with the oversized pieces in front of the crackling fireplace. There are times when the rain...

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  • 25. Rent a Water Craft

    The resort has a boat house where you can rent Sea Cycles, canoes, rowboats,kayaks, all by the day or by the hour. The lake is fairly protected so generally you...

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