Olympic National Park Pictures and links to various scenic attractions within the Olympic National Park.
Plus you can share your own photos and stories of memorable visits to the ONP, below.
We'll show you Olympic National Park pictures from the northern reaches of the Olympic National Park (where you'll find the majority of ONP attractions), starting with Hurricane Ridge, then move west in a clockwise fashion. You can follow along on the ONP map below.
Some of these places pictured here have pages dedicated to them on the BeautifulPacificNorthwest website. Click on the links for more photos and more information about those parts of the Olympic Natl Park.
Madison Creek Falls doesn't drop as far as does Marymere Falls, but it does have one thing in its favor - accessibility. You can find Madison Falls just west of Port Angeles, and a short stroll from its parking lot. As you can see, it is still quite an impressive waterfall!
The ruggedness of many Washington beaches defies expectations. Eons of pounding by waves against the shores has worn away miles of coastline, leaving behind sea stacks, those behemoths that still stand against the onslaught of the tides.
Of course, there are still plenty of gracefully curved sandy crescent beaches offsetting the tension of the ocean stacks. Come and see!
Storm watching in the Pacific Northwest can be quite palpitating. If you cannot do your watching through a large picture window holding a steaming mug of hot chocolate, you may as well be out in the thick of it with an umbrella turned inside out. It was that kind of a day at Rialto Beach in the photo below.
The sand at Ruby Beach is rich in granular garnets, they say, and is reported to glow a pinkish shade when the light is just right. I've not yet personally seen that pink glow, but if I do, I'll post a photo. :-)
Like the Hoh River Valley, The Queets and Quinault River Valleys are filled with quintessential temperate rain forest. Rainfall averages 140+ inches per year in the entire inland west and southwest portions of the ONP, including the Hoh, Queets, and Quinault Rainforests. In the higher elevations near the peaks, yearly rainfall averages 200+ inches.
The ONP is so immense that if one is intent on seeing everything (and has the time), one is forced to visit it from several different angles. While most ONP attractions are found in the north and western areas of the park, there is one attraction in the southeast park, near Lake Cushman: the Staircase. (Photos and photo i-tour of Staircase are coming)
Olympic National Park Pictures: East
The Dosewallips ranger station is the only ranger station in the east ONP. It is currently closed due to flood damage to the road, however you can certainly hike the 5 miles from the road closure to the campground. Dosewallips offers access to the extensive trail network in the eastern portion of the ONP. (Photos and photo i-tour of Dosewallips are coming.)