We know it rains a ton in the Olympic National Park. I mean, you can’t be a rainforest if you don’t get a ton of rain! Heck, since 1961, the Hoh Rainforest has received measurable rain every single month. In the winter, the rain in the Hoh is quite insane, with a record 42.98 inches falling in December of 1979. If you go hiking in late fall, early spring and the winter months, you will get wet, but don’t let that stop you from having a great time in the most beautiful corner of America. Pack your waterproof shoes, pants and jackets and hike in the rain of America’s best rainforest.
Hoh River Trails
Miles from Sea-Tac: A gorgeous 217 miles
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Why wouldn’t you want to hike in the Hall of Mosses? With small loop trails or a long trail all the way to the Base of Mount Olympus, you can decide just how much awesomeness you want to take in. A good bonus is heading to the Hall of Mosses trail before then end of November, when the salmon are in the small creeks! Also, look out for elk!
Staircase Rapids Loop Trail
Miles from Sea-Tac: A short 104 miles of awesomeness
I mention this area on nearly every list for a reason. Good for hikers of all ages, this loop trail takes you along a gorgeous rocky river, through old growth forests and next a huge downed cedar tree. With a brand new bridge, this is a fantastic family outing for a picnic in the summer or an epic day of low-land snowshoeing, during the winter. Want to make it more difficult? Head up to Wagonwheel Lake, which is the 2nd steepest trail in the Olympic National Park.
LaPush’s 1st, 2nd and 3rd Beaches
Miles from Sea-Tac: The best 198 miles of your life
I have a theory about these beaches. They were given horrible names because no words can properly describe their beauty. What the destinations lack in name creativity, they make up for it in breathtaking views. The beach may at first glance seem like a horrible place on a rainy day, but if you check it out, you will have a great time shell collecting, bird watching and watching waves slam into sea-stacks, erupting in a white puff of mist. Be aware of tides, stay out of the water and enjoy seeing the power of the Pacific Ocean!
Lake Crescent Area
Miles from Sea-Tac: Just 150 of family bonding time
With your choice of Marymere Falls or the Spruce Railroad Trail, both of which are super flat, this area is sure to make any member of your family appreciate nature. The rain may be coming down, but hiking along Lake Crescent on the Spruce Railroad Trail is awesome. Hiking along the 2nd deepest lake in the State of Washington, see Devils Punchbowl, old train tunnels and the clouds resting above the mighty trees of the Olympic National Parks, is a favorite of locals and should be done by all. Plus, there are rumors that the lake might be haunted!
If hiking Lake Crescent doesn’t seem fun, head into mystical forest and see the always popular Marymere Falls. At 90 feet, wrapped in the greens of moss and ferns, Marymere Falls is an easy hike, complete with awesome bridges and walkways. This waterfall is gorgeous in the rain, as it is at a full flow than in the drier, more crowded summer months.
Goblins Gate and Humes Ranch: Elwha
Miles from Sea-Tac: A measly 145 miles of radical sights
The recently reclaimed Elwha River gorgeous year-round, but seeing it in the rain makes you truly appreciate the weather on the Olympic Peninsula. With rustic, abandoned homestead cabins and an otherworldly gorge named “Goblin’s Gate”, this hike is sure to be memorable. With forests that belong in Grimm’s Fairy Tales, hiking here lets you get taken back in time along the beautiful Elwha River. Bring a snack to eat in Humes’ old cabin, watch for deer and elk and enjoy being miles away and years removed from the suburbs or the city.
The Olympic National Park needs to be seen in the winter months! With low rates on hotels, cheap flights and an awesome guide service for you to get to know the area, you would be crazy not to visit. If you are feeling more adventurous, grab our book on your phone, iPad or Kindle and head out on the trails.
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