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Results List

124 Hikes

Olympic Peninsula > Hood Canal

 
14.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3200 ft.
Highest Point: 6280 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(5 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Established campsites
  • Old growth
  • Summits
  • Lakes
  • Rivers
Who doesn’t love a secret passageway? While the hordes gain Townsend from Quilcene side, sneak up on them from behind, then continue to Silver Lake for lovely camping and wandering opportunities.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Pacific Coast

 
17.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 2000 ft.
Highest Point: 350 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.35
(20 votes)
  • Wildlife
  • Established campsites
  • Waterfalls
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Rivers
  • Coast
Bring a tide table and a good book on this scenic traverse of the wild Olympic Coast. While much of your hike will be across sandy beaches, there are several places that will require you wait for the tide to go out. Along the way, plan to climb up steep headlands with cable ladders, ropes and your hands and knees. It's a challenge, but a good one.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Hood Canal

 
16.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2650 ft.
Highest Point: 5700 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.16
(31 votes)
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Lakes
  • Rivers
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Established campsites
  • Waterfalls
  • Old growth
  • Fall foliage
You will see plenty in the first 7.2 miles of this trip that take you to the shores of Royal Lake, but you should plan your hike to have the time – and energy – to enjoy the wildflower-dotted alpine basin and its milky blue tarns in Upper Royal Basin about three-quarters of a mile past the lake.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Pacific Coast

 
27.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3700 ft.
Highest Point: 2035 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.45
(33 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Ridges/passes
  • Established campsites
  • Waterfalls
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Rivers
The East Fork Quinault River Trail is one of the most popular trails on the south portion of the park and hundreds of hikers visit Enchanted Valley to take in the tremendous views and see the famed chalet each year.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Northern Coast

 
19.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4000 ft.
Highest Point: 5120 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.57
(35 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Established campsites
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Lakes
  • Rivers
Stunning views, stargazing, backcountry lakes and plentiful wildlife await you on this classic 19-mile loop on the Olympic Mountains’ stunning Seven Lakes Basin and High Divide Trail.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Northern Coast

 
16.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3800 ft.
Highest Point: 5100 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(4 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Fall foliage
  • Rivers

Hurricane Ridge Road is closed past the Heart o' the Hills entrance 9/16-10/26 due to construction.

The Wolf Creek trail departs Hurricane Ridge and plunges eight miles downhill to Whiskey Bend in the Elwha River Valley. It's a lovely route that gets little use along its entire length, though many people wander a couple miles down its length before heading back up.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Hood Canal

 
2.1 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 574 ft.
Highest Point: 950 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.08
(37 votes)
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Rivers
Staircase Rapids is a beautiful 2.1 mile loop trail following the North Fork of the Skokomish River. Enjoy the Olympic old growth forests with a lush understory of mosses and ferns.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Olympia

 
8.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 800 ft.
Highest Point: 900 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.35
(26 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Established campsites
  • Waterfalls
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Rivers
Venture up the Lower South Fork of the Skokomish River for an abundance of flora and fauna amid lush old growth.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Hood Canal

 
6.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 600 ft.
Highest Point: 3100 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.42
(12 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Established campsites
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Rivers
The Upper Dungeness River trail is an easy stroll along a roaring river and among towering trees. It’s great for all ages (as long as the trail is snow- and ice-free), and the shelter at Camp Handy is a welcome and dry lunch destination on rainy days.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Northern Coast

 
1.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 1951 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.08
(26 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Established campsites
  • Waterfalls
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Rivers
Marvel at old-growth trees amid a lush rain forest landscape while visiting one of Olympic National Park’s most beloved attractions: Sol Duc Falls.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Pacific Coast

 
8.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3500 ft.
Highest Point: 4510 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.59
(27 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Established campsites
  • Old growth
  • Summits
  • Rivers
This peak allows for unrivaled views of the Olympic Peninsula. Located on the southwest side of the park, views include the Pacific Ocean, Grays Harbor, Lake Quinault and the Quinault River, the Olympic rainforest and Mount Olympus.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Hood Canal

 
13.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1200 ft.
Highest Point: 1550 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.11
(18 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Established campsites
  • Waterfalls
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Rivers
The Dosewallips River Road is the gateway to the eastern Olympic Mountains and it penetrates one of the deepest canyons in Olympic National Park. Now closed to vehicles, the old road bed allows hikers to explore true wilderness at a gentle grade. Backpackers, peak baggers, and horseback riders take advantage of the easy access to the trails beyond the road's end.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Northern Coast

 
2.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 0 ft.
Highest Point: 25 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Rivers
An interpretive trail outside of Forks. Great for a midday walk or a leg stretch during a long drive.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Pacific Coast

 
37.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3700 ft.
Highest Point: 4300 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.92
(12 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Waterfalls
  • Old growth
  • Lakes
  • Rivers
Hike the Hoh River to the Blue Glacier through lush rainforest. Pass spectacular old-growth dripping with moss, nurse logs providing nourishment to full grown trees and end with a panorama including the the aptly named Blue Glacier and Mount Olympus. The bio-diversity on this hike is seldom seen on such an accessible backpacking trip. Just be sure to check in with the ranger station before overnighting -- while there are lots of campsites, it's a popular place, and you'll need to reserve in advance.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Hood Canal

 
5.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1100 ft.
Highest Point: 2540 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.67
(12 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Established campsites
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Rivers
This is a classic Olympics river hike without the crowds, and it's downhill all the way to your destination.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Olympia

 
5.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 600 ft.
Highest Point: 650 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.64
(22 votes)
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Established campsites
  • Waterfalls
  • Old growth
  • Fall foliage
  • Rivers
The Mima Falls Loop takes hikers through young plantings, lush forest, and quiet wetlands in Olympia's Capitol State Forest. Just 30 minutes from the state capital, this is the perfect year-round waterfall hike for after work or weekends. Hike through a working forest and examine forestry practices up close.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Northern Coast

 
4.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 600 ft.
Highest Point: 2084 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.54
(13 votes)
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Old growth
  • Fall foliage
  • Established campsites
  • Rivers
Hike to some remote hot springs on the Olympic Peninsula.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Pacific Coast

 
13.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2850 ft.
Highest Point: 3175 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(7 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Established campsites
  • Old growth
  • Lakes
  • Rivers
The Three Lakes Trail is a tour of some of Olympic's finest old growth forests, and is the traditional start of the much longer Queets-Quinault Skyline route. Starting in lowland rainforest, the trail works its way through exemplary stands of montane and then subalpine forests before finally breaking out into meadows dotted with tiny lakes. This is a truly wild and remote corner of the Olympics that leaves a lasting impression on the lucky hiker who experiences its beauty.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Hood Canal

 
18.5 miles, one-way
Gain: 5588 ft.
Highest Point: 4400 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.29
(7 votes)
  • Ridges/passes
  • Wildlife
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Lakes
  • Rivers
Nestled deep within the heart of the Olympics, LaCrosse Basin is steeped in rich history as well as views that never relent.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Olympia

 
1.36 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 150 ft.
Highest Point: 300 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.10
(10 votes)
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Wildlife
  • Rivers
Discover the area that was the original source of Olympia's drinking water--a delightful little green wetland known as Watershed Park. With thirty structures on the 1.35 mile loop, you can be sure to have an intimate look at the workings of a wetland without getting damp yourself.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Pacific Coast

 
7.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1500 ft.
Highest Point: 1880 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.29
(7 votes)
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Old growth
  • Wildlife
  • Rivers
The Graves Creek primitive trail provides access to old growth forests high above the Quinault River Valley and solitude compared to the high use trails along the Quinault River. Expect glimpses of waterfalls across the gorge in spring and signs of wild-life including bear, deer, and elk.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Olympia

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 908 ft.
Highest Point: 1950 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(2 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Rivers
Explore one of the many trails in Capitol State Forest as an out-and-back, or combined with another trail in the area.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Pacific Coast

 
1.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 230 ft.
Highest Point: 706 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(6 votes)
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Wildlife
  • Rivers
Enjoy an easy 1.2-mile loop near the Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center. Pair it with the Hall of Mosses for a couple of nice, flat exploratory leg-stretchers in the Hoh. Both make for an interesting introduction to the area, and will be a hit with the kids!
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Northern Coast

 
1.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 67 ft.
Highest Point: 247 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(4 votes)
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Good for kids
  • Fall foliage
  • Rivers
This delightful little park is part of the Olympic Discovery Trail, which means you can hike as far as time allows, or as little as you like. You'll see salmon spawning in the fall, interpretive signs year round, and can watch the seasons turn by visiting as often as you like.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Pacific Coast

 
0.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 20 ft.
Highest Point: 25 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Wildlife
  • Established campsites
  • Old growth
  • Coast
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Rivers
If the tide is high, or you just want to see a different side of the Olympic Peninsula while you're visiting the coast, cross Highway 101 from the Kalaloch campground and take a peek into the deep Olympic forest.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Olympia

 
27.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1084 ft.
Highest Point: 456 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Good for kids
  • Rivers
Linking the cities of Yelm and Tenino, this paved trail offers a delightful jaunt through a greenspace just east of Olympia.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Olympia

 
16.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2950 ft.
Highest Point: 4103 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(10 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Old growth
  • Rivers
Try this for a tough dayhike or the start of an epic backpack in the Olympics!
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Northern Coast

 
2.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 50 ft.
Highest Point: 450 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Rivers
This short, two mile trail takes hikers through a tunnel of alder, across a creek, and finally onto the lakebed of former Lake Mills.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Pacific Coast

 
2.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 50 ft.
Highest Point: 300 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.71
(7 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Established campsites
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Fall foliage
  • Rivers
The Queets Campground Loop is a quintessential rainforest experience. At just under three miles, it provides visitors with a generous variety of nature. Giant spruce and hemlock rise above great galleries of fern and oxalis. The wind whispers the memories of abandoned homesteads in the grasses of shrinking meadows. Owls hoot and frogs croak the song of an ancient melody. One stands here often and wonders.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Pacific Coast

 
22.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 600 ft.
Highest Point: 800 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.91
(11 votes)
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Old growth
  • Wildlife
  • Established campsites
  • Rivers
The Queets River Trail is legendary for both its wild rainforest scenery and for the challenges it presents to the hiker. To begin, the trail can only be accessed after fording the glacier-born Queets River itself. Across the river, the trail is primitive and remote. Most hikers skip this trail either because of the ford or because it dead ends at 11 miles. But anglers and Olympiphiles hold a special place for this valley in their hearts.