Olympic National Park has mild winters and pleasant summers. The weather can vary greatly depending on whether you are on a beach on the ocean, wandering in a rainforest, or hiking in high elevations in the Olympic Mountains.
Elk bugling to show off to their harems. Huge colored maple leaves twice as big as your hand. Eagles, otters, and bobcats feeding on spawning salmon.
In summer, highs are around 65 to 75°F; weather is often sunny from July through September. In winter, heavy snow accumulates in the mountains.
An entire winter's worth of screen shots (141 pictures) from the Hurricane Ridge webcam in Olympic National Park
The Olympic Mountains Experiment (OLYMPEX) measures precipitation and help NASA fine-tune new weather satellites. Mules get the equipment into remote areas.
Olympic has a reputation for rain—and true, parts of the peninsula receive 12 feet of rain every year, but summer brings warm, dry weather.
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!
73 miles of coastline turn into a wave crashing show in the winter. From Nov through Feb, storms coming in from the Pacific have wind gusts up to 60 mph.