There is something for every age and ability in Olympic National Park. Popular activities include hiking, backpacking, fishing, boating, and wildlife viewing.
Hiking is a fantastic way to experience the vastness of this diverse park. With over 600 miles of trails, there is something for all levels of ability and experience to enjoy; choose from easy and flat loop trails, or strenuous day-long trails to the ridgelines of the Olympic Mountain range. There is no better way to see the park than by strapping on you boots and hitting the trail!
If you are interested in hiking, but want to be fully immersed in the nature around you, then backpacking in Olympic National Park is the best choice for you! There are so many great hiking destinations, and the best thing about backpacking is stringing them all together on a multi-day trip. With a wide variety of trails, backpacking in Olympic is great for those who are just getting started, or those who have been backpacking for decades.
The park contains over 3,500 miles of streams and rivers, many of these are used by native salmon and trout as highways to get to the ocean where they will spawn. Because of the abundance of anadromous fish, the fishing in Olympic National Park is fantastic. All fishing is catch and release, as the fish play a very crucial role in the ecosystem of the park.
The park is home to many lakes and rivers, but the most popular for water recreation are Lake Ozette, Lake Quinault and Lake Crescent. Kayaks, canoes, paddleboards and boats are available for rental at Lake Quinault and Lake Crescent, operated by a concessionaire. If you own a kayak or canoe, you are able to obtain a permit for backcountry camping along the shores of Lake Ozette. Boating in Olympic National Park is a fantastic way to fully experience these unique environments.
Wildlife viewing is one of the most popular activities in the park. With the abundance of interesting species, there are so many animals to watch—from whales to marmots, and puffins to sea urchins.