24 Hours in Olympic National Park Photo Story

Photographer's dreamland.

Every hour at Olympic brings new surprises. Our collection of dawn-’til-dark Olympic National Park photos reveal an ever-changing, always-stunning landscape.

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.Adobe Stock

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. Justin Bailie

This trail is an easy loop down the road 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. Justin Bailie

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 QuinaultAdobe Stock

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 LupineAdobe Stock

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. Justin Bailie

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.Adobe Stock

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. Justin Bailie

The magic hour before the sun sets is the best time to capture golden hues and deeply-colored reflections on the water from the Pacific beaches at Olympic National Park.

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

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

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.