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Storm Causes Six Olympic National Park Roads to Close

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December 9th, 2014   With over a foot of rain scheduled to fall by the end of the week, Olympic National Park officials have closed access to some of the more popular areas of Washington State’s most popular National Park. Rainfall totals are already well over 6 inches in the last 24 hours in the […]

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This Week in Olympic Weather: WET AND RAINY

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December 8 -15, 2014   This week, Olympic National Park and the Olympic Peninsula are getting absolutely slammed with wet and windy weather. With a warm front coming through Monday night, dousing the region with some serious rain, forecasts are calling for over a foot of rain falling in the Olympic Mountains.   The National […]

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A Closed Day at Hurricane Ridge: December 4th 2014, a Gif

Enjoying a winter sunset snowball fight at Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park

Dec. 4th, 2014 Scenes like the one pictured above will be few and far between for visitors to Olympic National Park’s Hurricane Ridge this winter. The normally bustling tourist destination, offering international panoramic views, is only open three days a week each winter. While avalanches and blizzards do occasionally happen in the snowy months, the […]

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2,538 Acres of Olympic Forest Purchased by The Nature Conservancy

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December 4, 2014   The forests of the Olympic Peninsula became a bit more protected. According to a tweet, which was linked to a press release by The Nature Conservancy of Washington, 2,538 acres have been purchased by the group. The purchase of the forests ensures that even more acres of our beautiful forests will […]

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8 Pictures to Get You to Visit Olympic National Park’s Staircase this Winter

The Skokomish River along the Staircase Loop Trail, Olympic National Park

  DISCOVER STAIRCASE   As November 2014 ended with a snowy flourish, we decided to take a trip to Staircase in Olympic National Park. Having not received a single snowflake in Olympia, driving the short and scenic hour and a half to Staircase, the trek around the Staircase Loop trail was exactly what was needed […]

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9 Things to Know As Olympic National Park Shifts To Winter Operations: Hurricane Ridge

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  As snow finally begins to fall on the mountains and trails of Olympic National Park, one of the nation’s most popular National Park is gearing up for winter. Sitting at 5,242 feet above sea level, Hurricane Ridge sits, existing perfectly in the Olympic Mountains. Considered by many to be the crown jewel of the Olympic […]

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Mount Rainier National Park Closed to Flooding: November 25th, 2014

Flooding at Tahoma Creek in Mount Rainier National Park. Image from NPS

Due to heavy snow, warming temperatures and rain, Mount Rainier National Park is closing the Nisqually entrance to the National Park. Visitors are currently being evacuated, as are employees.   According to a press release by Mount Rainier National park officials, The Nisqually Entrance in the southwest corner of the park is closed due to flooding […]

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Handmade Olympic National Park 3-D Ornaments: 2014 Edition

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This holiday season, give the gift of Olympic National Park to your friends, family and co-workers.   The temperature has dropped, Halloween is long since passed and Thanksgiving is just around the corner, meaning that the holiday shopping season is just around the corner. While typically we here at Exotic Hikes wait until after Thanksgiving […]

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The Big Four Ice Caves of the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest

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Distance: 2.2 Miles Roundtrip Elevation Gain: 200 Feet Directions: http://goo.gl/maps/varNi    UPDATE: CAVES ARE COLLAPSING    It isn’t every day that you can stroll down a mostly flat trail that leads to an ice cave at the foot of a mountain, but at the Big Four Ice Caves, it is possible and quite easy. Contrary to the name, […]

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7 Must Experience Winter Activities Around Olympic National Park

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  Winter in our National Parks can give the most spectacular memories and experiences of any season. America’s soon to be fourth-most visited National Park, Olympic, is home to seven of the most unique winter experiences in the country. From skiing, snowboarding, or snowshoeing on snowy ridges, to walking along rainforest rivers full of salmon, and […]

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