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Olympic Peninsula, Wa

Hoh Rainforest Hikes, Olympic National Park

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  The Hoh Rainforest, the most famous temperate rainforest in the United States, is so gorgeous it is hard to recommend just one trail. That is why Exotic Hikes has put together a day hiking event that will give you a fantastic day in the Hoh. Whether you visit on a rare sunny day or […]

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Colonel Bob Peak and Pete’s Creek Trail

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Distance: 8 Miles Round Trip Elevation gain: 3,500 Feet Directions: http://goo.gl/maps/W99CM     A picturesque mountain hovering above the Olympic National Park’s Quinault Rainforest and Lake Quinault, Colonel Bob sits high above a horizons worth of lush, blanket like, Evergreen trees. An adventure to climb a rugged, isolated mountain in the Pacific Northwest should be done […]

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Nisqually Wildlife Refuge

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  Located just 10 miles from Olympia, or 50 miles south of Seattle, the Nisqually Wildlife Refuge boasts over 3000 acres of wetlands, making this a fantastic birding hangout. Recently expanded to include a boardwalk, you can easily walk over 4 miles of restored wetlands with fantastic views. With numerous bird species migrating to the […]

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Lake of the Angels Trail Guide: Olympic National Park

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Because we love hiking and we want you all to get outdoors, we felt we needed to share something awesome. We give you the Lake of the Angels in the Olympic National Park. Tucked in the remote hills of the Olympic Mountains, in the shadow of Mount Skokomish, Lake of the Angels is nearly 5,000 […]

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Mount Ellinor Trip Report: Trail Conditions as of October 4th, 2013

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Mount Ellinor Updated Trip Report   Mount Ellinor skipped right into winter this last week, with over a foot of snow falling at her summit. With the first clear day in a few weeks, we decided to ditch real work and head up to the mountain. From Olympia, the trip usually takes about 90 minutes, […]

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Cub Peak: A Bear of a Hike in the Olympic National Park

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Cub Peak/ Wagonwheel Lake Trail at Staircase, Olympic National Park   A rugged peak exists in the Southeast corner of the Olympic National Park where few hikers venture to go. The top is ragged in places, with exposed rocks teetering precariously at the top of a 3,000ft drop. Away from the danger, clay, shale and ballast […]

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Hike of the Week: Pony Bridge- Quinault Area, Olympic National Park

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  NAME: Pony Bridge LOCATION: Lake Quinault Area MAP: http://goo.gl/maps/9ZdtO DISTANCE: 5 miles ELEVATION GAIN: Less than 1000ft BEST TIME OF THE YEAR: Year Round PERMIT NEEDED: National Park Pass   REVIEW Pony Bridge is that perfect hike when you want to get away from it all. See waterfalls, old growth forests, deer, elk, eagles […]

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Lena Lake: The Olympic Peninsula’s Most Accessible High Alpine Lake

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  Growing up on the Olympic Peninsula, I had heard plenty of people talk about Lena Lake. They would talk about the great views, how many awesome people they met and how I had to go see it for myself. Being the typical Pacific NorthWesterner, I ignored them all. Thinking to myself, “Why should I […]

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McLane Creek: Olympia’s Best Afternoon Hike

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McLane Creek is an easy hike. Many of you will want to stop reading after that first sentence, but then you would miss out on the beauty of the one of greatest short hiking trails within just 5 miles of Olympia, Washington. Nestled in the hills, McLane Creek park exists in simplistic perfection. If you […]

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Hot Springs Eternal: Sol Duc Hot Springs

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Sol Duc, pronounced Soul Duck, is tucked away in the northwest corner of the Olympic National Park. Far from big cities and busy roads, this remote area is one of the best representatives of beauty on the Olympic Peninsula. Just south of the more, well known Lake Crescent area, Sol Duc has played an important […]

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