15 Best Day Hikes in Olympic National Park

Below are the 15 best day hikes in Olympic National Park! Located on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington’s West coast, ONP has every type of environment you could want to hike in. From mountains, to valleys, to beaches, to rain forests. Official Website.

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1. Hurricane Hill Trail (Hurricane Ridge Area) 

Spectacular panoramic views of river-carved valleys to glacier-capped peak of Mount Olympus. The trailhead is located on the 1.5 miles West of the Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center at the end of the road.

  • 3.2 miles – Out and back
  • 700′ gain
  • Moderate

2. Hoh River Trail (Hoh Rainforest Area)

Long trail leading to Blue Glacier at the north face of Mount Olympus. Day hikers can hike part way through Hoh Rain Forest. The trailhead is located next to the Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center.

  • 34.6 miles roundtrip – Out and back
  • 3,700′ gain
  • Easy (Strenuous if hiking entire trail)

3. Hall of Mosses Trail (Hoh Rainforest Area)

Loop trail through old-growth rain forest. The trailhead is located next to the Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center.

  • 0.8 miles – Loop
  • 100′ gain
  • Easy

4. Quinault Big Cedar Trail (Quinault Rainforest Area)

Short walk to huge cedar tree. The trailhead is located 2 miles from US-101 intersection on N Shore Road.

  • 0.4 miles – Out and back
  • No elevation
  • Easy

5. Mount Elinor Trail (Staircase)

From the Upper Trailhead this trail features beautiful wild flowers. The trailhead is located off NF-041

  • 2.9 miles – Out and back 
  • 2,400′ gain
  • Moderate

6. Spruce Nature Trail (Hoh)

Trail runs to the Hoh River. The trailhead is located next to the Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center.

  • 1.2 miles – Loop
  • 100′ gain
  • Easy

7. Sol Duc Falls (Sol Duc)

Old-growth forest leading to 3-legged falls. The trailhead is located at the end of Sol Duc Road.

  • 1.6 miles – Out and back
  • 200′ gain
  • Moderate

8. Mount Storm King (Lake Crescent)

Steep switchbacks climb part way up Mt. Storm King. The trailhead is located off of the nature trail heading southward along Barnes Creek

  • 4.4 miles – Out and back
  • 2,000′ gain
  • Strenuous

9. Rialto Beach (Mora)

Fun path leading to ocean view. Beach covered with giant drift logs. The trailhead is located near Mora Ranger Station.

  • 1.54 miles – Out and back
  • No elevation
  • Easy

10. Ruby Beach Trail (Kalaloch)

Walk along Ruby Beach covered with giant drift logs and get a close look at tide pools. The trailhead is located off Highway 101

  • 0.25 miles
  • No elevation
  • Easy

11. Marymere Falls Trail (Lake Crescent)

Hike through forest to beautiful 90′ waterfall. The trailhead is located near Storm King Ranger Station.

  • 1.8 miles – Out and back
  • 400′ gain
  • Moderate

12. Maple Glade Trail (Quinault)

Flat loop through big leaf maple grove. The trailhead is located across from the Quinault Rain Forest Ranger Station

  • 0.5 miles – Loop
  • No elevation
  • Easy

13. Kestner Homestead (Quinault)

Flat trail leading past Kestner-Higley Homestead. The trailhead is located near the Quinault Rain Forest Ranger Station

  • 1.3 miles – Loop
  • No elevation
  • Easy

14. Heart O’ the Forest (Heart O’ the Hills)

Hike through old-growth forest. The trailhead is located next to Heart O’ The Hills Campground.

  • 4.6 miles – Out and back
  • 900′ gain
  • Easy

15. Madison Falls (Elwha)

Short hike on paved trail to 60′ waterfall. The trailhead is located off Olympic Hot Springs Road right next to the Elwha River

  • 0.4 miles – Out and back
  • No elevation
  • Easy

 

 

 

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