Day Hiking in Olympic National Park


Olympic National Park, described as “three parks in one”, can take you from the rocky shores of the Pacific Ocean, to lush rain forests, to windswept alpine areas. It’s varied, gorgeous, and enormous.

With no roads going through the park, it takes considerable time getting from one part to another and takes a bit of planning. Below are 84 day hikes that I’ve identified and ranked for my Day Hikes of Olympic National Park Map Guide.

The ranking is my recommendation based upon what I feel gives you the most “bang for your buck” starting with the high alpine areas that give you expansive views over the park followed by the sweet mixture of coastal areas and rain forests.

Click each trail name to learn more about the hike. All of this information and more is included in the Day Hikes of Olympic National Park Map Guide that I put out in the spring of 2014. It’s the best map for hiking in Olympic National Park that includes distances between junctions and color coded trail segments denoting slope steepness and much more on one side and a guide on the back of the map. Pick one up to take with you on the trail!

Areas are as follows:

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Jake’s Rank Hike Name Distance Group Area
1 Hurricane Ridge to Klahhane Ridge 5-10 North
2 Grand Ridge 5-10 North
3 High Divide Loop 15+ Northwest
4 Royal Basin 10-15 North
5 Grand Valley Loop 5-10 North
6 Cape Alava and Wedding Rocks 5-10 North Olympic Coast
7 Rialto Beach/Hole in the Wall 0-5 South Olympic Coast
8 Hoh River Trail 10-15 North Temperate Rain Forest
9 Second Beach 0-5 South Olympic Coast
10 Switchback Trail 0-5 North
11 Lake of the Angels 5-10 East
12 Sol Duc Falls 0-5 Northwest
13 Shi Shi Beach 5-10 North Olympic Coast
14 Lena Lakes 10-15 East
15 Appleton Pass and Oyster Lake 15+ North
16 Queets River 10-15 South Temperate Rain Forest
17 Heather Park 5-10 North
18 Madison Falls 0-5 North
19 Sand Point Trail 5-10 North Olympic Coast
20 Marymere Falls 0-5 Northwest
21 Hall of Mosses Trail 0-5 North Temperate Rain Forest
22 Ruby Beach 0-5 South Olympic Coast
23 Geyser Valley Loop 5-10 North
24 Pony Bridge 5-10 South Temperate Rain Forest
25 Spruce Nature Trail 0-5 North Temperate Rain Forest
26 Browns Point 0-5 South Olympic Coast
27 Mount Storm King 0-5 Northwest
28 Third Beach 0-5 South Olympic Coast
29 Hurricane Hill 0-5 North
30 Flapjack Lakes 15+ Southeast
31 Wynoochee Pass and Lake Sundown 10-15 Southeast
32 Meadow Loop Trails 0-5 North
33 Beach 4 0-5 South Olympic Coast
34 Moments in Time Nature Trail 0-5 Northwest
35 Kestner Homestead Trail 0-5 South Temperate Rain Forest
36 Oil City Trail 0-5 South Olympic Coast
37 Maple Glade Trail 0-5 South Temperate Rain Forest
38 Sam’s River Loop 0-5 South Temperate Rain Forest
39 Rainshadow Loop 0-5 North
40 Little River Trail 5-10 North
41 Staircase Rapids Loop 0-5 Southeast
42 North Fork Quinault River 10-15 South Temperate Rain Forest
43 North Fork Sol Duc River 10-15 Northwest
44 South Fork Hoh River 5-10 North Temperate Rain Forest
45 Bogachiel River 10-15 North Temperate Rain Forest
46 Graves Creek 5-10 South Temperate Rain Forest
47 Deer Lake 5-10 Northwest
48 Lake Angeles 5-10 North
49 Boulder Lake 10-15 North
50 West Elwha Trail 0-5 North
51 Three Forks 5-10 North
52 Deer Ridge 10-15 North
53 Low Divide 10-15 Northwest
54 Glines Canyon 0-5 North
55 Dosewallips River Road 10-15 East
56 Spruce Railroad Trail 5-10 Northwest
57 Griff Creek Trail 5-10 North
58 Three Lakes 10-15 South Temperate Rain Forest
59 Aurora Ridge and Eagle Lakes 10-15 Northwest
60 Happy Lake 10-15 North
61 Pyramid Mountain 5-10 Northwest
62 Barnes Creek 10-15 Northwest
63 Big Log Camp 10-15 Southeast
64 PJ Lake 0-5 North
65 Mink Lake 5-10 Northwest
66 Aurora Creek and Sourdough Mountain 10-15 Northwest
67 Irely Lake 0-5 South Temperate Rain Forest
68 Peabody Creek Trail 5-10 North
69 Shady Lane Nature Trail 0-5 Southeast
70 South Snider – Jackson Trail 10-15 North Temperate Rain Forest
71 Olympic Hot Springs 5-10 North
72 Living Forest Trail 0-5 North
73 James Pond 0-5 South Olympic Coast
74 Cascading Terraces Trail 0-5 South Temperate Rain Forest
75 Kalaloch Nature Trail 0-5 South Olympic Coast
76 Lover’s Lane Loop 5-10 Northwest
77 Smokey Bottom Trail 0-5 North
78 Hurricane Hill from Elwha 10-15 North
79 Cascade Rock Trail 0-5 North
80 Heart O’ the Forest Trail 0-5 North
81 Fairholme Campground Trail 0-5 Northwest
82 Wagonwheel Lake 5-10 Southeast
83 Ancient Groves Nature Trail 0-5 Northwest
84 Quillayute River Slough 0-5 South Olympic Coast