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10 of the Top Winter Hikes: Olympic National Park

 

The View above Hurricane Ridge

 

With the return of the cold air to the Pacific Northwest, many hikers have put away their boots and backpacks for the season. The perception is that once the snow starts to fall in the mountains, hiking is over until spring. We here at Exotic Hikes disagree, and give you the 10 of the best winter hikes on the Olympic Peninsula. Whether you want snow, dense forests, amazing views of mountains or just a day on the beach, out list of hikes is guaranteed to get you hiking year round.

 

 

Shi Shi Beach and Point of the Arches

 

Along the beaches of the Olympic National Park

Along the beaches of the Olympic National Park

 

 

LaPush (1st, 2nd or 3rd Beaches)

 

LaPush's 2nd Beach

LaPush’s 2nd Beach

 

Marymere Falls

Marymere Falls

Marymere Falls

 

 

 

 

Spruce Railroad Trail

Devil's Punchbowl, Spruce Railroad Trail

Devil’s Punchbowl, Spruce Railroad Trail

 

 

 

Lena Lake

 

Lena Lake Trail Bridge

Lena Lake Trail Bridge

 

 

North Fork Quinault River and Irely Lake

The Quinault River

The Quinault River

 

 

 

Elwha and Goblins Gate

 

Goblins Gate, Elwha. Olympic National Park

Goblins Gate, Elwha.
Olympic National Park

 

Staircase

 

Staircase Loop Trail, New Cable Bridge

Staircase Loop Trail, New Cable Bridge

 

 

Mount Ellinor

  • Distance: 3.2 Miles (Upper trailhead) to 6.5 Miles (Lower trailhead)
  • Difficulty: Difficult
  • Directions: http://goo.gl/maps/ZgdaV
From the summit of Mount Ellinor, Olympic Peninsula

From the summit of Mount Ellinor, Olympic Peninsula

 

Mount Ellinor Panorama

Mount Ellinor Panorama

Mount Washington from Mount Ellinor

Mount Washington from Mount Ellinor

 

 

Hurricane Hill

 

The View above Hurricane Ridge

Mountains

Adhere to all signs

Adhere to all signs

Snowshoeing near Hurricane Hill in the Olympic National Park

Snowshoeing near Hurricane Hill in the Olympic National Park

 

 

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5 Responses so far.

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  2. NacMacFeegle says:

    Great trips! My favorite of those listed here is Shi Shi Beach (although it can be a miserable place to spend the night in the midst of a winter storm!)

    • ExoticHikes says:

      Thanks. Yeah, any of these during a storm will be rough. However, that is part of the beauty of the region. Or so they say.
      Thanks for the comment and the read!

  3. Natalie says:

    Hi!

    I just booked a trip to Olympic National Park at the beginning of December. Any particular suggestions or tips for this time of year? I’m going to be there for a long weekend and want to get in some great hiking but am nervous about the winter weather. :-)

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