Welcome to my Olympic National Park Photography gallery. Here you will find all of my feautured photos of Olympic National Park. Olympic National Park is located in Northwest Washington. It borders long stretches of the Pacific Ocean in Western Washington, and to the north of the borders of the park is the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
President Roosevelt created the Olympic National Monument in 1909. The park is now designated as an International Biosphere Reserve and a World Heritage Site.
Olympic National Park is a beautiful and unique place that encompasses snow-capped mountains, temperate rainforest, and a 73 mile wild and undeveloped section of the Pacific Coast.
The Olympic Mountains are located in the center of the park. A great place to view and take pictures of the mountains is from Hurricane Ridge. If you are fit enough to go on a lengthy and strenuous hike, the seven lakes basin area is a great way to see some of the Olympic Mountains.
My favorite section of Olympic National Park is the thin section of the park that runs along the Pacific Ocean. Hiking and camping along the wild and undeveloped Pacific Coast is a unique and unforgettable experience. Popular hiking, backcountry camping, and photography locations include Kalaloch, Cape Alava, Sand Point, Second Beach, Ruby Beach, and Rialto Beach.
The Hoh Rainforest is another unique section of Olympic National Park. The Hoh Rainforest and Quinalt Rainforest are the wettest areas of the continental United States. The old growth forests draped in green moss and the crystal clear rivers and streams that run through the forest are the most popular attraction. If you come during the right ime of year in the fall, you can see the salmon swimming up the river to spawn. It is always amazing to see the strength and determination of these salmon as they swim upstream in sometimes shallow water and in areas nearly blocked by fallen trees.
In the northern section of the park popular locations include the Sol Duc River, Sol Duc Falls, Marymere Falls, and Crescent Lake. Short and long hikes, car camping, and backcountry camping are available along the Sol Duc Hot Springs Road. For a more luxurious lodging experience, you can stay in the cabins at the Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort, which is one of the few lodging areas permitted within national park boundaries.
I have made about 5 or 6 hiking and backcountry camping trips into Olympic National Park, but there are still numerous areas of the park that I have yet to explore. I imagine that I could probably take dozens of hiking trips into the park without becoming bored of the beauty that is there.
To learn more about Olympic National Park and to get information on hiking, camping, road and trail conditions and lodging, please visit: http://www.nps.gov/olym/