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11 Olympic National Park Destinations Better than Black Friday Shopping

Image From: http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/11/25/black-friday-shopping

Image From: http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/11/25/black-friday-shopping

 

We all know people love Black Friday. Chain stores are packed to capacity with customers looking for good deals at low, low prices. While I do understand that a thriving economy needs shopping, we here at Exotic Hikes feel that society needs to shift away from mass consumerism. Sure, we sell books and calendars and tours, but those are designed to help change the sedentary mindset and to start healthy traditions for you and your family. You could save a few dollars on merchandise that you may or may not need, or you could start a new family tradition of experiencing nature and spending time together making healthy lifestyle choices.

 

The choice is up to you. Stand in lines and save a few dollars with a couple thousand people or hike in the forests with just your friends and family. If you choose the latter, we have some great ideas in the Olympic National Park that you need to experience:

 

 

HOOD CANAL HIKES

 

Lena Lake

 

Why: Yes this trail is usually packed in the summer, but once the crisp air returns, this trail is nearly empty. True, it isn’t really in the National Park, but that doesn’t stop it from being absolutely gorgeous!

Where: http://goo.gl/maps/9NKep

Distance: 5 miles Round Trip

The Trail to Lena Lake

The Trail to Lena Lake

 

 

Staircase Loop

 

Why: This easy, family friendly hike should be done often, and located just over an hour from Olympia, it is extremely convenient to explore. With giant trees, the Skokomish River and Lake Cushman

Where:  http://goo.gl/maps/EYqLc

Distance: 1.9 Miles Round Trip

Along the Staircase Rapids Loop Trail

Along the Staircase Rapids Loop Trail

 

 

Murhut Falls

 

Why: At 170ft, Murhut Falls is extremely pretty and a shirt hike. The drive into this 1.5 mile hike is fantastic, offering great river views and dense forests. Again, this isn’t technically in the National Park, but with beauty like this, who needs a label.

Where: http://goo.gl/maps/TZcZH

Distance: 1.5 Miles Round Trip

Murhut Falls, Olympic Peninsula

Murhut Falls, Olympic Peninsula

 

More Hood Canal Area Hikes and Drives:

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RAINFOREST HIKES

 

Hoh Rainforest Trails

 

Why: If you have to ask why, you haven’t been here. With moss-covered trees, gorgeous streams, salmon, elk and eagles, this region near Forks is a great place to spend the day

Where: http://goo.gl/maps/ODxKl

Distance: Variable

The Hoh River Trail, Olympic National Park

The Hoh River Trail, Olympic National Park

 

 

Quinault Area Hikes

 

Why: If you love waterfalls, eagles, salmon, old growth forests and the solitude of nature, taking a trek out to Graves Creek along the Quinault River needs to be done.

Where: http://goo.gl/maps/tlnnQ

Distance: Variable

The Quinault River under Pony Bridge

The Quinault River under Pony Bridge

 

 

 

NORTHERN HIKES

 

Marymere Falls

 

Why: Here is why we like it- http://bit.ly/WYXSHy

Where: http://goo.gl/maps/zgI92

Distance: 1.5 Miles Round Trip

The trail to Marymere Falls

The trail to Marymere Falls

 

 

Hurricane Ridge

 

Why: Here is why we like it- http://bit.ly/1dza8cu

Where: http://goo.gl/maps/S6DYQ

Distance: Variable

Winter at Hurricane Ridge in the Olympic National Park

Winter at Hurricane Ridge in the Olympic National Park

 

 

Sol Duc Falls

 

Why: The trail to Sol Duc Falls may be just the location you need to start an active lifestyle. The three-stream water fall cascades into a picturesque canyon surrounded by old-growth and ferns. The drive is also pretty with numerous spots to pull off and enjoy the view!

Where: http://goo.gl/maps/cq0KA

Distance: 1.6 Miles Round Trip

Take the easy, gorgeous hike to Sol Duc Falls

Take the easy, gorgeous hike to Sol Duc Falls

 

 

 

WANT A SCENIC DRIVE?

 

Quinault Loop

 

Why: The Quinault Loop Road is an awesome trip. See giant trees, gorgeous river views, eagles, salmon and water falls!

Where: http://goo.gl/maps/DCKm2

The Quinault River

The Quinault River

 

 

Mount Walker

 

Why: With view of the Olympic Mountains, Mount Rainier, Mount Baker and the City of Seattle, Mount Walker is a great place to have a picnic lunch or just sit and enjoy the views.

Where: http://goo.gl/maps/TrB6t

Mount Rainier from the top of Mount Walker

Mount Rainier from the top of Mount Walker

 

 

The Strait of Juan de Fuca Highway

Why: This drive from Port Angeles to Cape Flattery on the Makah Reservation may just be the most under-rated drive in the country. With fun beaches to stop at to amazing views of Tatoosh Island, you cannot go wrong here.

Where: http://www.highway112.org/

The view from Cape Flattery, Makah Reservaton, Neah Bay

The view from Cape Flattery, Makah Reservaton, Neah Bay

 

 

 

WANT MORE GREAT HIKES?

 

We have you covered with guidebooks that are sure to get you motivated to get out and explore the Olympic National Park.

 

52 Hikes Around The Olympic Peninsula and Olympic National Park: http://exotichikes.bigcartel.com/product/hike-every-week-olympic-peninsula-trail-guide

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Family-Friendly Hikes: Olympic Peninsula: http://exotichikes.bigcartel.com/product/15-olympic-peninsula-family-friendly-trails

 

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One Response so far.

  1. joyce miles says:

    “Black Friday” is not for me! Mother Nature in all of Her glory is the place to be. Thank you for these beautiful picture. Hope your Thanksgiving is full of giving “<3"

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