Best Olympic National Park Hiking Trails

The Olympic National Park area has 8 hiking trails out of the 55 hikes found in Washington.

  August 15, 2016

Located in Washington, the hiking in Olympic National Park offers more than a half-dozen beautiful hikes and backpacking trails. The best Olympic National Park hiking based on popularity are considered to be Hoh River Trail, East Fork Quinault River Trail, South Coast Trail, South Fork Hoh Trail, and North Wilderness Beach. For a detailed trail description and printable trailhead map, just select a Olympic National Park hiking trail below.



Where Can I Hike In Olympic National Park?


FEATURED:  Hoh River Trail

  Olympic National Park, Washington

  August 15, 2016

Starting from the Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center, the Hoh River Trail is a 17.5 mile trek through forests of Douglas Fir, Hemlocks and Big Leaf Maples with ever-present cougar, bobcat and elk. The first 11 miles of this rain forest hike are an easy, gradual ascent through lush rain forest. There are sitka spruce, hemlock, red cedar, and bigleaf maple shelter a forest floor carpeted with an incredible array of plant life.


FEATURED:  South Coast Trail

  Olympic National Park, Washington

  August 2, 2016

West of Forks along the wild Pacific shoreline, the 15 mile South Coast Trail is the best wild beach hike in the US. The trail runs from the LaPush trailhead in the north to the Oil City trailhead (near the Hoh Indian reservation) in the south and follows beaches, overland trails, and headlands that can only be passed during low tide.


FEATURED:  North Wilderness Beach

  Olympic National Park, Washington

  July 23, 2016

West of Forks along the wild Pacific shoreline, the 21 mile hike along North Wilderness Beach from Sand Point in the north to Rialto Beach in the south is an amazing adventure. This 20.8-mile hike from Rialto Beach (near Ozetta) to Sand Point (near Mora) follows beaches, overland trails, and headlands that can only be passed during low tide. Along the route, you will find rich tidal pools, harbor seals, bald eagles, and gray whales.


FEATURED:  North Fork Skokomish Trail

  Olympic National Park, Washington

  August 15, 2016

Northwest of Olympia and Hoodsport near Lake Cushman, the 16 mile North Fork Skokomish Trail follows the river closely through virgin forest carpeted by moss, sword ferns and salmonberry. Starting from the Staircase Ranger Station, the trail leads into the remote backcountry quickly. At Nine Streams, the route climbs out of the valley and over First Divide to the Duckabush River.


FEATURED:  South Fork Hoh Trail

  Olympic National Park, Washington

  July 17, 2016

Southeast of Forks, the South Fork Hoh Trail is a remote, off-the-beaten-path rain forest trek. Just as beautiful as the much more popular Hoh Trail, this shorter jaunt is a quieter paradise that leads through virgin Sitka Spuce and western hemlock in a jungle-like rain forest setting.


FEATURED:  Elwha Trail

  Olympic National Park, Washington

  July 16, 2016

South of Port Angeles, the scenic Elwah River Trail follows the river upstream for 27 miles (1,200 feet - 2,700 feet) into the Elwha Basin. The spongy trail passes through dark, moist forests of red cedar and douglas fir with beds of ferns and moss.


FEATURED:  East Fork Quinault River Trail

  Olympic National Park, Washington

  July 15, 2016

Northeast of Aberdeen and Lake Quinault, the East Fork Quinault River Trail is by far the most popular backpacking route in the park since it passes through the Enchanted Valley. From the Graves Creek trailhead, its a 13+ mile hike up 1,400 feet to the beginning of the Enchanted Valley, a vast glacial cirque with numerous waterfalls tumbling off the sheer cliffs. Think of it as a mini Yosemite in a temperate rain forest of hemlock, cedar and bigleaf maple.