Olympic National Park


Inscribed 1981

With its incredible range of precipitation and elevation, diversity is the hallmark of Olympic National Park. Encompassing nearly a million acres, the park protects a vast wilderness, thousands of years of human history, and several distinctly different ecosystems, including glacier-capped mountains, old-growth temperate rain forests, and over 70 miles of wild coastline. The biological evolution, ecological variety and sheer splendor of Olympic National Park make it a special place.

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From the lush canopy of the temporate rain and old growth forests, to the sandy beaches of the wild coast, or the majestic overlooks of rugged, glacier-capped mountains, Olympic has a great deal to offer.

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Throughout the winter season, rain falls frequently in the Hoh Rain Forest, contributing to the yearly total of 140 to 170 inches (or 12 to 14 feet!) of precipitation each year. The result is a lush, green canopy of both coniferous and deciduous species.

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The Sea Stacks are iconic rock posts and arches jutting up from the sand along the Washington coast and are what define the Olympic National Park’s beaches.

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A wild elk forages for mosses and ferns that blanket the forest surfaces and add another dimension to the enchantment of the rainforest.

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The Olympic National Park coastline froms many tide pools at low tide. The famous Sea Stacks can be seen in the foggy background.

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Hurricane Ridge is the most easily accessed mountain area within Olympic National Park. In clear weather, fantastic views can be enjoyed throughout the year.

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A beautiful sunset on the Olympic Coast.

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Located in the state of Washington on the Olympic Peninsula, the park has four basic regions: the Pacific coastline, alpine areas, the west side temperate rainforest, and the forests of the drier east side.