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Olympic Peninsula, Wa


The weather in the Pacific Northwest is said to change every 5 minutes. Having lived here for over three decades, I can attest to that. Even living on the Washington Coast, where it rains nearly TEN FEET each year, it seemed there was always a part of the day when the rain would let up. We are used to the rain, and proud we don’t use those silly bumbershoots.


While we may laugh and giggle as we see tourists break out the umbrellas, they are doing something awesome. They are not letting the rain stop their vacation, and neither should you. While it rains often here on the Olympic Peninsula, the rain should NEVER stop you from hiking. We live near the rainforest of the Olympic National Park. We live in heavily wooded areas. We live in a place where the rain is what makes it so beautiful and experiencing nature. We live in the land of liquid sunshine, so stop letting the rain get in the way of your weekend adventure.


Lace up your boots, throw on a rain jacket and stay mostly dry under the canopy of the rainforest on one of these 7 awesome rainy day hikes. Visibility might be low, but the rivers will be high, the creeks will be swollen and the waterfalls will be gorgeous!





The Hoh River Trail/Hall of Mosses

A small creek along the Hall of Mosses Trail

A small creek along the Hall of Mosses Trail


Why: Passing up an opportunity to see the rainforest in the rain would be insane. This easy trail is perfect for seeing elk in moss, and seeing just how much green is in the Olympic National Park

Location: http://goo.gl/maps/cCQe2

More information: http://exotichikes.com/olympic-national-park-rainforest-and-beaches/



Sol Duc Falls Loop



Why: With tons of rain, comes tons of water. That means that this picturesque, three-channel waterfall will be even more flush with awesomeness. The small series of runoffs along the trail will also be amazing, reminding you of settings from fairy tales.

Location: http://goo.gl/maps/TFQdE

More information: http://exotichikes.com/hot-springs-eternal-sol-duc-hot-springs/



Staircase Loop

Along the Staircase Rapids Loop Trail

Along the Staircase Rapids Loop Trail


Why: With awesome rapids, a new bridge and huge trees, Staircase is a great family friendly place on a rainy day. The canopy will keep you somewhat dry as you walk along the North Fork of the Skokomish River. Enjoy the Staircase Rapids from the suspension bridge before working your way back through a fun series of forests and meadows.

Location: http://goo.gl/maps/WZHr3

More information: http://exotichikes.com/staircase-loop-trail-now-with-a-cable-bridge/



Ruby Beach

Sunset from Ruby Beach in the Olympic National Park

Sunset from Ruby Beach in the Olympic National Park


Why: While 2nd Beach might be better, Ruby Beach is a super short walk to the coast, where one can watch huge waves slam against ancient sea-stacks.

Location: http://goo.gl/maps/lKNou

More information: http://exotichikes.com/olympic-national-park-rainforest-and-beaches/



Cape Flattery

Cape Flattery, Neah Bay

Cape Flattery, Neah Bay


Why: While technically not in the park, hiking to the platform over the Pacific Ocean is a just on a windy and stormy day. Watch waves crash beneath you, while seals and cormorants play in the frothy kelp along the rugged coast.

Location: http://goo.gl/maps/7MsMZ

More information: http://exotichikes.com/visit-neah-bay-and-the-makah-tribe-on-the-olympic-peninsula/



Marymere Falls

Marymere Falls

Marymere Falls


Why: While any waterfall in the Olympic National Park is gorgeous, the short, gentle walk along a creek and through the forest make Marymere Falls a family favorite.

Location: http://goo.gl/maps/IN4MA

More information: http://exotichikes.com/lake-crescent-and-marymere-falls-one-of-the-olympic-peninsulas-best-areas/



Graves Creek

The Lake Quinault Loop Drive

The Lake Quinault Loop Drive


Why: Quinault offers you a great rainforest with amazing waterfalls and a gorgeous lake. Driving the loop (North Shore and South Shore Roads) to Graves Creek is a trip in itself, but walking in the forest to gaze at the seasonal waterfalls along the trail to Pony Bridge will make this area a favorite.

Location: http://goo.gl/maps/liXa3

More information: http://exotichikes.com/olympic-national-park-lake-quinault/







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E-Book Link: http://exotichikes.bigcartel.com/product/hike-every-week-olympic-peninsula-trail-guide




One Response so far.

  1. Susan says:

    Hi, I have the e-book version of 52 Hikes but see you now have it in print as well! Is it the same as the e-book? I was hoping that a simple sketch of the trails might be added, showing intersections with other trails, etc.
    Love your FB page!

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