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Results List

56 Hikes

Olympic Peninsula > Pacific Coast

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 310 ft.
Highest Point: 220 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.36
(33 votes)
  • Wildlife
  • Established campsites
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Coast
Shorter than the hike to Third Beach, the access to Second Beach is also a little more interesting, thanks to the ups and downs and a set of switchbacked stairs leading down to a coastline dotted with seastacks and a hole in the mainland that wind whistles through eerily.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Pacific Coast

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 25 ft.
Highest Point: 25 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(10 votes)
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Good for kids
  • Coast
Wild and mercurial, the Olympic Coast has a special appeal in the spring and fall. Grassy bluffs, cliffside caves and tidal pools are all to be found along this four-mile beach hike near the Kalaloch Campground. So shrug on your rain gear and enjoy the bird watching, sense of solitude and stunning seascapes.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Pacific Coast

 
1.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 250 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.33
(51 votes)
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Coast
The furthest northwest tip of the contiguous United State, Cape Flattery provides a dramatic backdrop to a surprisingly accessible hike. It's managed by the Makah Tribe, who provide permits for parking here at Washburn's General Store, The Makah Museum, and many other locations in Neah Bay. As you drive through on the way to the trailhead, be sure to purchase yours -- they're good for the year, and you can also use it for Shi Shi Beach.
 
 

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 > Pacific Coast

 
3.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 280 ft.
Highest Point: 280 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(16 votes)
  • Wildlife
  • Waterfalls
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Coast
The trail to Third Beach provides plenty of suspense for hikers. It’s a 1.3 mile trek through high trees, sometimes shrouded in fog, giving the forest here a spooky aura. But popping out onto the coast at the log-choked mouth of a creek and seeing the grand Pacific Ocean provides the perfect payoff.
 
 

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 > Pacific Coast

 
26.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3700 ft.
Highest Point: 2035 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.43
(30 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 > Pacific Coast

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 60 ft.
Highest Point: 60 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.70
(23 votes)
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Coast

6/21/22 - Trail and parking lot are closed until mid-September

Ruby Beach offers several miles of beach exploration, with unique rock formations and swirling sun-bleached driftwood.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Pacific Coast

 
8.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3500 ft.
Highest Point: 4510 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.59
(27 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Old growth
  • Summits
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • 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 > 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 > Pacific Coast

 
1.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 8 ft.
Highest Point: 17 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Good for kids
  • Coast
With 6,000 feet of shoreline and an ADA accessible trail, visitors can travel along the coast and keep an eye out for the numerous species that fill the air.
 
 

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 > Pacific Coast

 
2.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 184 ft.
Highest Point: 106 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Good for kids
Narnia provides a nice option to hike a short trail through the woods while at the beach. It is open for all trail purposes, so watch for bikes and horses. The trail is well maintained and easy to navigate.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Pacific Coast

 
0.1 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 0 ft.
Highest Point: 25 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.50
(4 votes)
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Coast
This trail is a short one, just a few hundred feet from the parking area, but it takes you to one of the most easily-accessible, impressive giants of the west coast.
 
 

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.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Pacific Coast

 
3.3 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 286 ft.
Highest Point: 71 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.19
(27 votes)
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Established campsites
  • Coast
Spend a day strolling the rugged Olympic Coast to dramatic sea stacks and natural wonders.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Pacific Coast

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 150 ft.
Highest Point: 100 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.11
(9 votes)
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Established campsites
  • Coast
A beautiful hike through an interesting forest, often over boardwalks, ends at the beach with the potential for birdwatching and wildlife viewing. If you plan ahead and get a permit, it's a nice overnight destination.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Pacific Coast

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 200 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.40
(62 votes)
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Coast
  • Good for kids
  • Established campsites
  • Rivers
This stunning Olympic coastal hike is one of the more photographed places in Washington for good reason.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Pacific Coast

 
17.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 2000 ft.
Highest Point: 350 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.32
(19 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 > Pacific Coast

 
9.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 100 ft.
Highest Point: 350 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.23
(57 votes)
  • Wildlife
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Established campsites
  • Coast
The Cape Alava Loop (Ozette Triangle) is two hikes in one: a forest stroll and a walk on the beach. Take the Cape Alava Trail out to the beach and back for a 6.2 mile hike, or continue south along the beach to connect up with the Sand Point Trail for a 9.4 mile loop.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Pacific Coast

 
6.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 100 ft.
Highest Point: 350 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.55
(11 votes)
  • Wildlife
  • Established campsites
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Rivers
  • Good for kids
  • Coast
Take a beautifully constructed boardwalk a little more than three miles out to the wild Olympic Coast. If you can snag a permit, camping here is divine. If not, while away a few hours playing in the water or ambling along the beach.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Pacific Coast

 
10.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 300 ft.
Highest Point: 800 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.73
(30 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Established campsites
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Rivers
A classic hike in any season, but come in winter and you’ll find that the hordes of tourists, hikers, and climbers who use this trail in the summer have dwindled to just a trickle.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Pacific Coast

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 500 ft.
Highest Point: 650 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.10
(10 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Rivers
Take a short but very scenic hike starting from the Altair campground in Olympic National Park. Traverse along the edge of the Elwha River, recently free-flowing thanks to the removal of the Glines Canyon Dam.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Pacific Coast

 
37.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3700 ft.
Highest Point: 4300 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.91
(11 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 > Pacific Coast

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 840 ft.
Highest Point: 6625 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.75
(4 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Established campsites
  • Ridges/passes
This moderate trail traverses a ridgeline up and down all the way to Maiden Peak.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Pacific Coast

 
2.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 145 ft.
Highest Point: 615 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Lakes
  • Rivers
A temperate rainforest saunter up from the Quinault River valley floor to a fauna rich lake within the Olympic National Park
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Pacific Coast

 
1.2 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(2 votes)
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
  • Lakes
This loop trail winds through the coastal forest of the Weatherwax Preserve and skirts along the edge of Duck Lake, an important wetland ecosystem.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Pacific Coast

 
7.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 150 ft.
Highest Point: 850 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.67
(9 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Established campsites
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Fall foliage
  • Rivers
The South Fork Hoh Trail penetrates a wild and remote wilderness and offers hikers solitude just a short distance from the crowded main Hoh Rain Forest. The easy trail stays in the bottomland among groves of towering spruce and grassy maple glades.
 
 

Olympic Peninsula > Pacific Coast

 
12.5 miles, one-way
Gain: 796 ft.
Highest Point: 1675 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.60
(5 votes)
  • Ridges/passes
  • Old growth
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Established campsites
  • Rivers
Formerly the Rugged Ridge Trail, the Snider-Jackson Trail is a primitive north to south traverse on the west side of Olympic National Park.