The Olympic Peninsula is famous for its rain, and with rain comes surging rivers that drop as beautiful waterfalls. Although some can only be accessed if you hike into backcountry, you can reach many of the waterfalls by doing a short hike. Some cascades are wheelchair accessible, and a few can be reached by boat or kayak.
Are you a waterfall enthusiast? Yes? Then coordinate your visit to Olympic National Park with help of a waterfall trail map.
The map details seven areas of Olympic National Park including the Sol Duc and Northwest Coast, the Hoh Rain Forest, the Quinault Rain Forest, the Pacific Coast, Hood Canal, the Southern Loop, and the Elwha and Lake Crescent. Here's a snapshot of what you'll see.
Sol Duc Falls
This signature waterfall of Olympic National Park is on the upper Sol Duc River. Take the 6-mile, round-trip Lover's Lane Loop from the trailhead behind the Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort or drive to a trailhead down the road from the resort for a .8 mile easy hike to the falls. This three or four-prong falls (depending on water flow) can be viewed from above on a log footbridge.
Marymere Falls is a visitor favorite because it's so easy to access. Walk the 0.75-mile trail from Crescent Lake to see Falls Creek drop nearly 90 feet into a small pool. In the summer, the national park rangers offers nature tours to this waterfall and others.
To see Murhut Falls, take a short 3/4-mile walk through old-growth forest. You'll hear the falls way before you see the waters from Duckabush River drop 120 feet leading to a shorter drop of 35 feet.
For more information:
Get the Waterfall Trail Brochure
360-452-8552 or 800-942-4042
Download PDF Map
Need a paper map of Olympic National Park? Buy the National Geographic Trails Illustrated Olympic National Park map at REI.com. The map includes clearly marked trails and points of interest such as scenic views, campgrounds, trailheads, boat launches, picnic sites, ranger stations and more printed on waterproof, tear-resistant material.