10 Activities In Olympic National Park

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    1. Kayak + Canoe - Olympic has some excellent places to kayak and canoe including 5 rivers with rapids ranging from Class I to Class V.  There are also 3 great lakes for a more tranquil canoeing or kayaking experience. 
    2. See Rain Forest Elk - In the rainforest valleys of Olympic National Park, you may glimpse the largest land mammal in the park––Roosevelt elk. Darker and larger than Rocky Mountain elk, a bull can weigh 1,000 pounds. Only males grow antlers, shedding them each spring before growing new ones in summer. 
    3. Hoh River - The 50-mile long wild Hoh River is born high on glacier-capped Mount Olympus and descends 7,000 feet to the Pacific Ocean, fed by snowmelt and rain along the way. The glaciers of its birth grind rock into glacial our, coloring the river a milky, slate blue. On its descent the river meanders, creating gravel bars and cutting into the lush rain forest along its banks. 
    4. Hoh Rain Forest - Mild winters, cool summers and up to 12 feet of annual precipitation produce the giant conifers that dominate this rain forest, one of the most spectacular examples of temperate rain forest in the world.
    5. Experience The Night Skies - In the Pacific Northwest, it can seem that the rain never stops. But the warm summer months bring drier weather to the Olympic Peninsula, along with spectacular night skies. The night sky can be one of the most awe-inspiring views we will ever experience. With 95% of the park designated as wilderness and an absence of human-caused light, Olympic is a perfect place to experience natural darkness and the splendor of our natural light-scape. Spend an evening on a mountain peak, along the coast, or at your campsite leisurely viewing the night sky.
    6. Tide-pooling - Olympic National Park includes over 70 miles of wild coastline. These beaches offer a glimpse into an environment that local tribes have called home for generations. Short trails or over- night backpacking trips offer ways to explore the rugged coast and its teeming tide-pools. 
    7. Explore The Wilderness - Olympic is 95 percent designated Wilderness. You can explore this rare resource on over 600 miles of trails on a day hike or an overnight adventure. Most wilderness campsites are available on a first come, first served basis. However, to minimize impact on resources and to ensure a quality wilderness experience, some areas have limits on the number of campers allowed and require reservations. 
    8. Visit Hurricane Ridge - Life at Hurricane Ridge is shaped by wind and snow. Winds gusting over 75 miles an hour buffet the ridge, lending the name "Hurricane." The 30-35 feet of snow that falls annually lingers into summer, shaping life year-round. Its weight challenges trees; its persistence maintains open meadows. As you explore, look for evidence that snow truly sculpts this landscape. 
    9. Fishing - Olympic National Park protects over 75 miles of Pacific Coast, 600 lakes, and 4,000 miles of rivers and streams that support some of the most extensive runs of wild salmon, trout, and char remaining in the Pacific Northwest.
    10. Pacific Winter Experience - Winter is the perfect time for storm watching along the Pacific Coast. Rain, wind, and tides combine to create massive swells that crash against the shore. Coastal beaches are relatively snow-free and a walk along a sandy beaches during low tide is a great way to explore the diversity of the intertidal zone.


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