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Two trips to Olympic National Park

Updated: Nov 9, 2018

Within a span of almost one year, I have visited Olympic National Park twice. In that time, I think I have seen mostly what I have wanted to see, and have created a longer list of other places I want to visit within the park.


Here are some pictures from the first trip, then I'll go into more details of the second trip!


The first trip consisted of: Hoh Rainforest, Marymere Falls, Kalaloch beach, Ruby beach, La Push beaches, Rialto beach and second beach in Forks. The first trip also included the hike to Goblin Gates and the hot springs! If you visit Olympic National Park in the summer and the hike isn't closed due to the Elwha river, I highly recommend this adventure.

https://www.outdoorproject.com/adventures/washington/hikes/elwha-river-trail-goblin-gates-humes-ranch-loop - Not my pictures but there is more pictures of the Elwha river and the Goblin Gates hike!

https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/olympic-hot-springs

https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/kalaloch-browns-point - Saw some whales right on the shore at this beach!

https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/ruby-beach - Parking at this beach is very crowded and limited! So be sure to watch out for that.

https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/second-beach

https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/rialto-beach-hole-in-the-wall


For the second trip, we finally did Hurricane ridge! Which was so worth it. We went Memorial Day weekend, so we camped in Sequim bay the first night and then drove to Port Angeles to grab our permit to camp on Second beach then headed to hike Hurricane ridge!

https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/hurricane-hill


After hurricane ridge, we hiked Marymere falls which was very crowded as it was about noon and it's a very easy hike or nature walk. From there we continued to explore the beaches we previously visited the first trip, and set up camp on Second Beach in Forks.


That Twilight menu was at a Forks grocery store, and anybody who has seen Twilight will recognize it and I just love that the town really embraces the series!


I also feel that I should shoutout all of the animals we saw on the Memorial Day weekend trip! On our Hurricane Ridge hike we ran into many Marmots! They were feet away from the trail and they were amazing!


Olympic Marmot

When we were at Rialto beach we saw a sea otter run out of the water and quickly back in the water, and it was too fast to get a shot of it, but it was noticeably the cutest little sea otter!


While at La Push, we saw many bald eagles and seals in a harbor feeding on what seems like lots of food!


Seal in La Push harbor!


Next time: The goal will be to hike Mount Storm King, visit Lake Cushman and the Sol Duc Falls as I have yet to see them! Those are the next things I wish to see in Olympic National Park! If there is anything else I need to see, please comment below! I would be very interested in visiting the peninsula again for another amazing weekend trip to one of my favorite places!

https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/mount-storm-king