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Five of the Most Scenic National Park Drives: Washington State

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Recently, the National Park’s Conservation Association put together a piece on their 10 Scenic National Park Drives, and like nearly every list national groups put together, it skipped over some of the prettiest regions in the country. The list they put together is nice, and the destinations are great, especially the Tetons and Glacier. It […]

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Five Incredible and Isolated Solo Hikes in Olympic National Park

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    There is something primal about a solo hike. Alone in the wilderness with no burdens of conversation, no reminders of the stresses back home, life is simple. Your ears finely tuned to the silence, white noise of the city replaced with small gusts of wind through the forests. Solo hiking removes you from […]

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Easy and Beautiful Hikes Around Olympic National Park

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  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   […]

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Three Shocking Banana Slug Facts for Olympic National Park

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Warning: Post Contains an Image of a Slug Penis. Do what you will with this information.    Thriving in the cool, damp shade of the rainforests of Olympic National Park and Forest, millions of banana slugs slime their way around the region. Moving slower, but more consistently than Interstate 5 traffic, banana slugs play an […]

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The Five Main Reasons People Won’t Hike This Weekend

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  It seems as if the spoils of the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest have made people complacent. All summer long, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook accounts were full of people sharing pictures from their amazing adventures. It looked, through the distorted lens of social media, that everyone in the Pacific Northwest went on some […]

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The 10 Most Memorable Smells of Olympic National Park

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Olympic National Park Stinks.   The rainforest smells like an oxygen bar owners dreamland. It smells like melting snow, fallen cedar and damp soil so rich in nutrients, you should find it at a bank. It smells the same as it did before time was measured in seconds, minutes or hours. It smells like elk, […]

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10 Facts you didn’t know about Olympic National Park

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Most people know something about Olympic National Park. Maybe it is the Hoh Rainforest, maybe it is Lake Crescent, Hurricane Ridge or the beaches of LaPush. Chances are, you don’t know these 10 facts about the most popular National Park in Washington State.   1) Olympic is the 6th most-visited National Park in America. Source: http://www.npca.org/exploring-our-parks/visitation.html […]

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Home Sweet Home in Olympic National Park: Six Hood Canal Backcountry Camping Spots

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  Rugged and isolated, Olympic National Park is best known for rainforest-lined, salmon-filled rivers, flowing from glaciated peaks to the mighty Pacific Ocean. You know, everything you have ever wanted in a National Park. Seeing the mountains from a perfumed treeless ridge, shin deep in wildflowers or standing on the beach touching tide pool creatures […]

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Six Rules to Stay Safe Around Mountain Goats

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  The Olympic Peninsula and Olympic National Park have a history of mountain goat incidents. From goats following hikers for miles down a trail to goats goring and attacking hikers, these beautiful creatures are not as calm and tame as people seem to think. In the past four years, there has been an increase in […]

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11 Ways to Stay Safe While Hiking: What Every Hiker Should Know

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  The snow has melted from all but a few spots of our favorite high alpine trails. The paths to amazing views in Olympic National Park and the Pacific Northwest are getting more crowded. New hikers are discovering nature and those who hike in the summer have dusted off their boots, found a hike in […]

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