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Olympic National Park, situated at the northwest section of Washington state, spans nearly one million acres. With more than 500 miles of trails, it offers an almost unlimited potential for backcountry activities, group hikes and nature exploration.
Although the Olympic Peninsula is best known for its unusual rain forest ecosystem, the park actually has five diverse landscape settings. They range from beachfront to the spectacular alpine scenery of the Olympic Mountains. Mount Olympus, which crowns 7,965 feet (2,438 meters), is the park's tallest mountain. Visitors also should not miss a trip to the Hoh Rain Forest, with its larger-than-usual trees and temperate jungle atmosphere.
There are more than 15 campgrounds in the park, ranging from semi-primitive facilities to campgrounds with flush toilets and RV-accessible sites. Camping fees vary according to the amenities provided and the size of the camping party. Kalaloch Lodge, located at the west end of the park, offers exquisite views of the Pacific Ocean.
Backcountry camping is available for visitors who plan to hike more than a half-mile into the wilderness. Some areas have handicap-accessible trails and exhibits, such as Hurricane Ridge, Meadow Loop and Hurricane Hill.
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Best selection of books on the Northwest.
Olympic National Park: A Natural History by Tim McNulty. By examining the effects of global warming and its rapid changes throughout the region alongside current archaeological discoveries that shed new light on the early people of the peninsula, McNulty brings together our past and future. Order now...
Olympic National Park Impressions by James Randklev. Rich, full-color landscape photographs of the Olympic National Park. Rainforest, beaches and their creatures, misty landscapes, rushing cascades - Randklev's camera has captured it all. Order now...
Olympic National Park: A Timeless Refuge by Nicky Leach, Jeff Nicholas and America's Finest Landscape Photographers. Features color photography and reproductions. Interpretive captions and written essays provide in-depth information on the human and natural histories of the Park. Order now...
Olympic National Park Pocket Guide by Levi Novey. This information-packed, fully portable book highlights key outdoor activities, flora, fauna, and history. Useful travel information to help you navigate areas in and outside the park. Order now...
Olympic National Park Wildlife: An Introduction to Familiar Species (Ecotourism: Parks & Sanctuaries Guides) by James Kavanagh. Pocket-sized illustrated reference discusses more than 140 species of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, butterflies, slugs, fishes, and seashore life found in Olympic National Park in Washington. Laminated. Order now...
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