Olympic National Park, Washington

Olympic National Park is a land of beauty and variety. A day's exploration can take you from breathtaking mountain vistas with meadows of wildflowers to colorful ocean tidepools. Nestled in the valleys are some of the largest remnants of ancient forests left in the country. Olympic is like three magical parks in one. Take some time to explore its many faces!

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Olympic National Park

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News

Staircase Road and Campground to Temporarily Reopen for Memorial Day weekend

Hoodsport, WA: Staircase Road and Campground will reopen Friday, May 24 for Memorial Day weekend. However, an additional two-week closure is necessary due to unexpected culvert repairs. The campground will be closed to overnight stays beginning Monday, May 27 and will reopen when the work is completed. For public and worker safety, the road will be closed to vehicles and pedestrians at the park boundary Tuesday, May 28 and is expected to reopen by Saturday, June 8.

Lake Crescent Highway 101 Traffic Alert: Four-Hour Delays Scheduled to Begin April 15

Beginning April 15 to May 23, four-hour delays are scheduled on Highway 101 at Lake Crescent from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, Mondays through Thursdays.

Staircase Road Construction Begins; Road to Reopen by May 24 for Memorial Day weekend

Road repairs on Staircase Road are set to begin Thursday, March 28 and will last for up to eight weeks. The road will reopen to vehicles by Friday, May 24 in time for Memorial Day weekend.

Olympic National Park Photos

Hurricane Hill Overcast

SJYokley posted a photo:

Hurricane Hill Overcast

A panorama of Hurricane Hill after an unexpected summer snow.

The Elwha, uh, finds a way

RPahre posted a photo:

The Elwha, uh, finds a way

The last time I saw the Elwha River (here in Olympic National Park), it still had two dams on it -- one a few miles upstream from here, and the other quite a bit downstream. Both have been removed.

The Elwha celebrated its newfound freedom by experimenting with new channels, wiping out part of the road at left and most of the campground across the river upstream from here.

Coffee break at Ruby Beach, Olympic National Park, WA

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Coffee break at Ruby Beach, Olympic National Park, WA

Lake Quinault Lodge, Olympic National Park, WA

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Lake Quinault Lodge, Olympic National Park, WA

Another bigfoot sighting

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Another bigfoot sighting

Lake Quinault Lodge, Olympic National Park, WA

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Lake Quinault Lodge, Olympic National Park, WA

Lake Quinault Lodge, Olympic National Park, WA

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Lake Quinault Lodge, Olympic National Park, WA

Lake Quinault, Olympic National Park, WA

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Lake Quinault, Olympic National Park, WA

Light in the forest

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Light in the forest

Snowshoeing on the Little River trail last winter. Olympic National Park.

Ruby Beach, Olympic National Park, WA

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Ruby Beach, Olympic National Park, WA

Ruby Beach, Olympic National Park, WA

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Ruby Beach, Olympic National Park, WA

Ruby Beach, Olympic National Park, WA

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Ruby Beach, Olympic National Park, WA

Banana Slug - Hoh Rain Forest, Olympic National Park, WA

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Banana Slug - Hoh Rain Forest, Olympic National Park, WA

Ruby Beach, Olympic National Park, WA

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Ruby Beach, Olympic National Park, WA

Life of a driftwood

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Life of a driftwood

It was a lonely piece of driftwood that I spotted on the smooth sandy shores of Shi Shi beach a few weeks ago. It's life probably began as a tree deep in the temperate rainforests along the wet coastline of the Pacific Northwest.

The deluge of water from a strong summer storm would have probably yanked away the tree, or probably it's branch, and carried it down its rocky cascades leaving it somewhere in the Pacific. It would have floated for months on the turbulent foamy waters, with time slowly hewing away all the leaves and rough branches, leaving behind a gnarly yet smooth piece of driftwood. It would have taken another storm, or few, for it to finally get deposited on this beach in the high tide, never to be disturbed from its final grave. That is, until humans moved it around for photographic pleasure to this very location.

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Hoh Rain Forest, Olympic National Park, WA

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Hoh Rain Forest, Olympic National Park, WA

On the Roof

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On the Roof

So what do you do when tall trees are in the way of your shot? You can always fly a drone above the trees, but there are many places where drones are not allowed. In this case, we had to be a little more creative. Evelyn suggested I setup my tripod on top of my vehicle. It took a few tries to get the right composition and exposure. But it was just enough height to get above the pesky trees and capture this sunset that seemed to just go on and on. It seemed like this sunset stayed colorful for nearly an hour!

Hoh Rain Forest, Olympic National Park, WA

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Hoh Rain Forest, Olympic National Park, WA

Hoh Rain Forest, Olympic National Park, WA

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Hoh Rain Forest, Olympic National Park, WA

Hoh Rain Forest, Olympic National Park, WA

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Hoh Rain Forest, Olympic National Park, WA