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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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Olympic National Park’s Staircase Sees 143% Increase in September Visitors

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10/20/2014 Olympic National Park’s Staircase Region is growing more and more popular each month, with September of 2014 being one of the best months in the region’s visitation history. September of 2014 saw 9,263 people entering through the Staircase entrance, with 2,102 of those staying at the Staircase Campground.   (Hike the best trails at Staircase! http://exotichikes.com/5-hikes-for-the-weekend-staircase-olympic-national-park/) […]

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Quiz: Help Hurricane Ridge Stay Open More Days This Winter

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Hurricane Ridge is considered by many to be the crown jewel of the Olympic Mountains. Offering some of the most iconic panoramic views in the fifth most-visited National Park. To here, most travel the paved Heart O’ the Hills Road.   At 17 miles long, Heart  view filled road that snakes its way up from […]

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Snow Returning to the Olympic Mountains

Mount Ellinor

10/13/2014 Snow. The four letter word we all secretly like, is returning to the Olympic Mountain Range in Washington State. This week, forecasters are predicting snow levels to drop below 5,500 feet. This will see some snow falling on Mount Ellinor and hundreds of other peaks in the Olympic Mountain Range, making for a great view of […]

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Hike Royal Basin in Olympic National Park

Tarn in Upper Royal Basin, Olympic National Park

Distance: 15 Miles Round Trip Elevation Gain: 3,000 feet Directions: http://goo.gl/maps/zEPPA  Best Seasons: Late Spring, Summer and Fall Dangers: Minimal   The hike from the Dungeness River Trailhead to upper Royal Basin can be quite long as a day hike, but for those looking to push themselves and experience nearly every type of terrain and […]

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American Graffiti: Olympic National Park Edition

Graffiti written on a tree in Olympic National Park

We have all seen it, from benches to trees to wooden bridges and privy doors. Scratched, carved or written in pen, numerous names and dates are brazenly written on every nook and cranny of some of our favorite overlooks. Some visitors go so far as carving their names or even twitter handles on living trees […]

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Mount Storm King Time-lapse, Olympic National Park

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  Scouring the internet for all things Olympic National Park, we recently stumbled upon a fantastic video by Facebook user Issac Gautschi Photography. Sure, it might only be 16 seconds, but it is 16 seconds of a region so beautiful that it is all you need. With traffic on Highway 101 visible, as well as […]

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Chinook Return to Upper Elwha for the first time in Over a Century

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  For the first time since 1912, Chinook Salmon have been spotted swimming in the waters of the Upper Elwha River in Olympic National Park. As we reported earlier, the Elwha River has been dammed since 1910, with the river closed to salmon since 1912.   According to Olympic National Park Officials said, via a […]

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Upper Hoh and South Fork Hoh Rivers Closed to Fishing in Olympic National Park

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Sept, 10th 2014   Olympic National Park officials have issued an Emergency Closure of all fishing in both the Hoh and South Fork of the Hoh Rivers until mid-October of 2014. This fishing ban is not just for the low Chinook salmon numbers, but apparently extends to all fish species in the region.   Park […]

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