Pacific Coast in Olympic National Park

The park’s wild coastline features both easy-access beaches and remote wilderness. Camp on the beaches year-round.
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The park’s wild coastline features both easy-access beaches and remote wilderness.

At its southern end, South Beach, Kalaloch Beach, and Ruby Beach are just off the road; Kalaloch also has a store, lodge and campground, and South Beach has a small campground.

Farther north, Rialto Beach lies just beyond Mora Campground and is a jumping-off point for wilderness hikes heading north. It's a longstanding tradition for travelers to get dinner to-go in downtown Forks and then head to Rialto Beach. Sit on the huge logs on the beach, eat your dinner and watch the sunset into the Pacific Ocean. 

At the northern end, the Ozette area has a campground and hiking trails to the beach. To explore Ozette Lake near the coast and hike along the coast, you can enter the park via Ozette. Head north along 112 until you reach the Hoko-Ozette Road and then drive west toward the coast. This area is home to the Ozette Ranger Station open daily from June through Labor Day. It also has a 2,000-year history of human settlement, which was largely discovered after a storm surge in 1970 eroded oceanside banks revealing remarkably preserved artifacts. Archaeologists have unearthed 300-year-old longhouses, more than 50,000 artifacts and clues to an ancient hunting and gathering society.


During whale migration, you can spot gray whales when you walk on one of two three-mile boardwalk trails to the coast. The longer Ozette Loop connects Cape Alava and Sandpoint trails via a 3.1-mile hike on a sandy and rocky beach for a 9-mile loop. 

One of the favorite pastimes on the Olympic coast is to explore tide pools, but be aware of the tides to insure a safe route home. Tides can rise up without you paying attention and strand you, placing you in a dangerous situation. 

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General locations of ferries to Olympic National Park

Where is Olympic National Park?

This park is in the northwest corner of the United States in Washington state on the Olympic Peninsula. It contains Pacific Ocean beaches and mountains.

Park visitors get advice, permits, bear cans and maps from rangers at the Port Angeles Visitor Center near the Hurricane Ridge Entrance Station

Olympic National Park Entrances

Accessed via US 101, which circles the peninsula, Olympic National Park has many entry points. Here are the six most popular.

Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center in Olympic National Park

Visitor Centers in Olympic National Park

There are three visitor centers and multiple ranger stations in Olympic National Park. See exhibits and learn about the park.

The Hoh Rainforest in Olympic National Park

4 Rainforests of Olympic National Park

The west-side area of this national park is one of the best places in the world to see a temperate rainforest ecosystem.

Shi Shi Beach in Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park Ecosystem Zones

Olympic National Park contains four distinct and remarkable ecosystems—and even better, it’s possible to see all four in one day.

Hiking to Sunrise Point on the High Ridge Trail at Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park

Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park

Located at 5,242 feet in the park’s northeast corner, Hurricane Ridge is accessible by car and the quickest way to reach Olympic’s alpine zone.

Lake Crescent in Olympic National Park

Lake Crescent in Olympic National Park

This strikingly blue, deep (624 feet) lake sits in the forest 18 miles west of Port Angeles.

Cross-country skiing on Hurricane Ridge. Photo by NPS

Winter in Olympic National Park

The park is open 24-hours year round. Some roads, campgrounds and other facilities close during the winter season, but the park itself is always open!

Bridge over Sol Duc Waterfall on Olympic National Park. Photo by Justin Bailie

Sol Duc Valley in Olympic National Park

Beyond the beauty of the Sol Duc River running through old-growth forest, there's a hot springs resort, a three-legged waterfall, and a salmon cascade.