What can I see and do at Olympic Mountain Range?
Hiking: There are many useful and very long guides featuring the many trails of the Olympic Range. Some trails are short, manageable meadow walks, while others are long long treks that can take weeks to complete.Our suggestions for Olympic Mountain Range trails:
- The Upper Dungeness River Trail is 6.8 miles long (roundtrip) and is considered an easy hike. The trail takes hikers under the 200 foot tall Douglas Firs and follows the beautiful, rushing Dungeness River Trail to the Camp Handy. Camp Handy is a beautiful meadow and has a small shelter. The view into the vast valleys below is spectacular.
- Klahane Ridge Switchback Trail is 5 miles round trip, but is moderately strenuous with steep ridges and valleys. The elevation of Klahane Ridge is 6046 feet. Those who make it Klahane Ridge will be greeted with stunning views of the Hood Canal to the South and Vancouver Island to the north.
- The North Fork Skokomish River Trail is a moderately difficult trail in South Olympic National Park near Mason County. The trail is 12.7 miles long, ranges from 785 feet to 4,688 in elevation, and leads hikers along Skokomish River, over creeks, up ridges, and through high alpine forest. The Spike Camp, Big Log, Camp Pleasant, Nine Stream, Two Bear, and Home Sweet Home Campgrounds are along the trail.
- For a full list of trails and current trail conditions, view the trails section of Olympic National Park’s website: http://www.nps.gov/olym/planyourvisit/trail-guide.htm
Camping: Want to camp in the clouds? Back country camping in the mountain range is allowed with a permit that can be bought at any major Ranger Station or Visitors Center.
Photography: There are a number of different ecosystems in the Olympic Mountain Range and all of them are gorgeous. From misty mountains to lush plant life, a handy camera can allow hikers to take a little of the Olympics beauty home with them.
Where is the Olympic Mountain Range?
The Washington Olympic Mountains are in the heart in the Olympic National Park. There are many different trails and trailheads. Check Olympic National Park’s website plan which trail you will want to take on your hike: http://www.nps.gov/olym/planyourvisit/maps.htm
When is the Olympic Mountain Range open?
While many of the trails in the Olympic Mountains are open year round, some trails open and close based on current weather and trail conditions. To check on the conditions of your trail, check Olympic National Park’s website: http://www.nps.gov/olym/planyourvisit/wilderness-trail-conditions.htm
Who can I call if I have more questions?
Phone: (360) 565-3130 (Olympic National Park)