24 Hours in Olympic National Park Photo Story

Every hour at Olympic brings new surprises. Our collection of dawn-'til-dark images reveal an ever-changing, always-stunning landscape.
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6:13 a.m., July 5 Quinault Rainforest

Sun rays streak through the spruce in a rainforest.

Sun rays streak through the spruce in a rainforest.

Quinault Rain Forest is home to the world’s largest Sitka spruce tree that is more than 1,000 years old. It’s 191-feet-high with a 96-foot spread. Quinault also has several waterfalls and beautiful hikes.

6:50 a.m., August 29
Sol Duc Falls Trail

Children running on the boardwalk on the Sol Duc Falls Trail. Photo by Justin Bailie

Children running on the boardwalk on the Sol Duc Falls Trail. 

This trail is an easy loop from the Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort in the north region of the park. The destination is a bridge overlooking the triple waterfall plunging 50-feet into the Sol Duc River.

9:52 a.m., October 23
Lake Cushman

Lake Cushman in Autumn

Lake Cushman in Autumn. 

Venture out to the southeast gateway town of Hoodsport. You'll travel along the shores of sports-friendly Lake Cushman before you enter the park at the Staircase Entrance. The lake is a popular retreat for fishing, boating, and kayaking.

10:25 a.m., June 13
Merriman Falls

Merriman Falls near Lake Quinault

Merriman Falls near Lake Quinault

Merriman Falls is the most accessible waterfall in the southwest region of the park near Lake Quinault. It can be seen from a scenic overlook on the South Shore Road four miles east from the Lake Quinault Lodge. It's just 30-feet from the road.

1:16 p.m., August 16
Wildflowers in the Olympic Mountains

Mountain Lupine

Mountain Lupine

Hiking on Hurricane Ridge gives you views of glaciers, wildlife, and wildflowers all summer long.

2:04 p.m., August 30
Deer in the Mist

Deer on Hurricane Ridge. Photo by Justin Bailie

Deer on Hurricane Ridge. 

Wildlife in the high elevation parts of Olympic National Park include deer, Roosevelt elk, mountain goats, and eagles.

3:19 p.m., August 5
Lake Crescent

An aerial view of Lake Crescent from Storm King.

An aerial view of Lake Crescent from Storm King.

Named for it's "C" shape, Lake Crescent is sits in the park forest 18 miles west of Port Angeles. This strikingly blue lake is very deep - 624 feet.

7:37 p.m., August 31
Seastack Silhouettes

A photographer is reflected in front of giant seastacks.

A photographer is reflected in front of giant seastacks. 

The magic hour before the sun sets is the best time to capture golden hues and deeply-colored reflections on the water.

8:40 p.m., August 31
Second Beach

A campfire beside a seastack on Second Beach. Photo by Justin Bailie

A campfire beside a seastack on Second Beach. 

Pickup your wilderness permit and camp right on the beach at Second Beach in the southwest region of Olympic National Park. There are excellent opportunities to view bald eagle, seals, whales, and Roosevelt elk.

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Timelapse Video of Olympic National Park

This video is the culmination of a month spent backpacking through Olympic National Park.

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.

Snowshoe Hare on Deer Park Road in Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park Prepares for Summer

As migrating birds return and wildflowers bloom in the lowland forests, employees at the park are spring cleaning and preparations for main visitor season.

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!

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.

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.

Mount Olympus in Olympic National Park

48 Hours in Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park is unique in that it is home to four of the world’s few remaining intact temperate rainforests, a breathtaking coastline and incredible alpine peaks.

Three hot springs pools of varying temperatures at Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort in Olympic National Park.

Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort in Olympic National Park

Staying at this riverside resort in Olympic’s northern forest provides access to several natural hot mineral pools for soaking your stress away.