Olympic National Park Glaciers, Washington

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Olympic National Park Glaciers

The National Park Service estimates that there are an amazing 266 glaciers and permanent ice fields in Olympic National Park, some of which can be explored by adventurous visitors.

Where can I find Olympic National Park Glaciers?

Blue Glacier
One of the largest in the park, Blue Glacier measures 500 to 1000 feet thick and covers an area of about 1.7 square miles. The approach to the glacier follows the 18-mile (one way) Hoh River Trail and the hike is mostly flat until you get to the glacier meadow portion of the trail. After this, you’ll need some climbing and glacier hiking experience as well as glacier gear. 

  • Getting Here: To reach the Hoh River Trail, take 101 West from Port Angeles to Hoh Road, about 14 miles south of Forks. Follow this road for 18.5 miles to the trailhead.

Anderson Glacier
This is the second-most visited of the Olympic National Park Glaciers and it can be reached via the Dosewallips River Trail, an 11-mile trek. Officially known as the West Fork Dosewallips River Trail, this is a gradually ascending trail with one substantial, steep climb and a number of switchbacks. Once you reach the Anderson Pass, there’s a 3/4-mile way trail to Anderson Glacier. 

  • Getting Here: From Quilcene, follow Highway 101 south 11 miles to Brinnon, 1 mile north of Dosewallips State Park. Turn right on Dosewallips Road and drive 15 miles to its end and look for trailhead signs.