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    • Best Driving Itinerary for Washington Coast

      by jamie89 Online Now Feb 4, 2016 at 10:02 PM

      I am planning a trip to Seattle in June and would also like to plan a trip to the Washington Coast to see the Hoh Rainforest. Does anyone recommend anything else of interest along the way or places to stay? I was also wondering how many days I should spend at each place. It will be just myself and my girlfriend. Thanks in advance!

      4 Answers Feb 6, 2016 at 7:29 AM
    • Suggestions Please

      by cindyhenderson Online Now Sep 15, 2015 at 4:10 PM

      Hi, We have 3 nights in the Lake Crescent area & 3 nights in the Quinault area.
      Would love Your favorite hikes and "must see" places.

      Thanks so much!

      10 Answers Sep 16, 2015 at 11:45 AM
    • Mix of car camping & backcountry - suggested spots?

      by MandaMac Online Now Jul 16, 2015 at 8:33 AM

      Hi there! My husband and I will be spending about a week in Olympic National Park at the end of July/beginning of August. We are experienced car campers but would like to try to do at least a night or two in the backcountry this trip, so we're reading up and stocking up on backpacking essentials.

      Our tentative plan is to drive first to the coast and spend a few nights beach camping (Mora/Rialto area, most likely), then drive inland for the remainder of our trip. We are thinking about parking at Graves Creek and spending a night there, then hiking in and spending at least a night or two backcountry two and from Enchanted Valley, or perhaps a bit beyond. To anyone who knows, does that sound like a good plan? Anything we might not know that we should? (We know about the ban on backcountry fires, and about bear canisters, etc.)

      From there, we have two or three days before or after to play with. Any other campground recommendations we should definitely visit, if we'd like to see some of the park's great stuff but also avoid driving too much or trying to squeeze too much in? Should we keep the Quinalt area / Graves Creek as our home base, or should we venture around to other spots?

      Also, I know that the frontcountry campsites are first-come first-serve. Any advice on how early you really have to get there, or what to do if a site is full?

      Thanks for your help!!

      2 Answers Jul 17, 2015 at 5:20 PM
    • 6 nights in ONP

      by cindyhenderson Online Now Jul 15, 2015 at 2:40 PM

      Staying 6 nights, was thinking "2" in each of Lake Crescent Lodge, Quinault Lodge and 2 in SOl duc resort.
      Coming from Seattle airport 9-23 Is this too much time at the resorts? Plan on doing alot of hiking.
      Thank You.

      3 Answers Jul 15, 2015 at 9:38 PM
    • mosquitoes

      by Flocia Online Now Aug 8, 2014 at 3:24 PM

      Are mosquitoes a problem during the summer?

      5 Answers Aug 9, 2014 at 11:10 PM
    • road true olympic

      by ageeth Online Now Jun 22, 2014 at 3:11 AM

      hello. we are dutch people. and will be in WA in august. we want to visit olympic 2 days by car. starting in port angeles. were is the best place to do the overnight. and which road to follow true the parc by car. and make some nice short walks (2 kids) with nice views.
      than you for your respons.
      greetings, Ageeth Bankras email:

      2 Answers Jun 22, 2014 at 11:07 AM
    • I need a great 5 night itinerary for an RV trip with kids

      by rock923 Online Now Jun 15, 2014 at 10:24 PM

      Hi! We are taking my son's dream trip by flying to Seattle and renting an RV for 6 nights. We are headed to Mt. Ranier the first night then up to ONP. I have been trying to find the best RV parks preferably with reservations in the best areas. We will not have a car. The kids are twin 9 year olds (boy and a girl). Thanks.

      1 Answer Jun 15, 2014 at 11:29 PM
    • Visiting the Park in winter

      by jfry Online Now May 25, 2014 at 7:43 AM

      We are thinking about visiting in December. What should we consider when traveling to Olympic National Park in the winter?

      3 Answers Jun 19, 2014 at 9:59 AM
    • Gas/Groceries

      by carladman Online Now Aug 9, 2013 at 6:51 PM

      Are there gas stations and any groceries along the route from the Log Cabin Resort - to Sol Du - Lake Quinalt?

      3 Answers Aug 9, 2013 at 8:19 PM
    • Why Hoh river has grey color?

      by darsunt Online Now Oct 7, 2011 at 3:53 PM

      While camping at the Hoh rain forest we noticed the water of the river was not clear. It has a grey or whitish tinge to it. Does anyone know why this is the case? This was back in August.


      4 Answers Oct 16, 2011 at 11:27 PM
    • Preparations for camping in the rain?

      by darsunt Online Now Aug 18, 2011 at 7:55 AM

      The weather report says there is a chance of showers the week we plan to camp at Hoh rain forest. Do you guys have any suggestions as to any special preparations we should take? We have only camped 'dry' before.


      9 Answers Aug 18, 2011 at 5:03 PM
    • No showers in Hoh campgrounds!

      by darsunt Online Now Jul 4, 2011 at 6:17 PM

      I've just found out that none of the campgrounds in Olympic National Park have showers. That includes the Hoh campground which we hope to visit in August. I was wondering:
      Would a splashing at the river keep us from stinking too badly?
      Would it be worth to try those camping showers?
      Would it be permitted to use one in Hoh campground?


      5 Answers Jul 4, 2011 at 9:30 PM
    • Need help with plans

      by winkd2 Online Now Jun 29, 2011 at 2:36 PM

      Will be visiting Olypmic NP for approx 5-6 days, after flying into Seattle. Would like some help in getting an idea of where to plan to spend our time. Would like to get a survey of the park durign our visit. Will only be doing day hikes, no backpacking. Will have a car. Where should we look to stay as our night bases? Thanks for the help!

      10 Answers Jul 3, 2011 at 10:31 PM
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      second beach access

      by guod7 Online Now May 22, 2011 at 7:23 PM

      Can any one give me details on how to park/access second beach?

      1 Answer May 23, 2011 at 1:49 PM
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      Alpine sites to view Mt goats

      by guod7 Online Now May 8, 2011 at 8:19 PM

      We will be in the park in June and are interested in alpine photo ops. Of course Hurricane Ridge is a stop but that seems to be the only place mentioned on the internet. I was hoping for some other options in or maybe outside the park but within a hours drive.
      Also, I have seen video of tourists encountering mountain goats while on Hurricane Ridge..does anyone know other places they might be found in June?
      Thanks in advance

      7 Answers May 9, 2011 at 8:30 AM
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      Where to stay on the Peninsula

      by goodfish Online Now Jan 19, 2009 at 3:50 PM

      We're thinking of doing the Peninsula in the fall of this year and I'm stumped for hotels. As is so often the case, the NP lodgings get minimal and/or lousy reviews and rates are really high. Can anyone suggest good alternatives? We want to do Hurricane Ridge, Hoh Rain Forest, Crescent Lake, the beaches and maybe a trip up to Neah Bay - at the very LEAST. Can spend 5 days or so. Will also spend 3 days or so in Seattle. We're into quality vs quantity - meaning we'd rather spend a day doing one location well than cramming in a lot. We don't plan on going into Canada - will save that for another trip. I guess I'm looking for clean, decent places to stay without breaking the bank, the most scenic places to see, and some terrific hiking. Could splurge one night or so. Any advice from some locals? What shouldn't we miss? Oh, and the NP trail to 2nd Beach is listed as closed - any other way to access that? Thanks a bunch for your help here!

      4 Answers Aug 3, 2009 at 2:55 PM
    • How can I get to Olympic national park if i don't have a car?

      by buzzfredson Online Now Oct 8, 2008 at 7:57 AM

      I'm a college student trying to get in some backpacking over a school break, but I don't have a car.

      How can I get to Olympic without one?
      I feel like it should be doable in the Pacific Northwest.


      1 Answer Oct 8, 2008 at 8:09 AM
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      Hiking he Olympic coast

      by Irina80 Online Now Sep 19, 2008 at 10:06 AM

      Friends! Leaving for Seattle in a week, will have 3 days to explore the Olympic NP, i know its not enough so i'm curious to know if there is a way to leave a car somewhere, suppose, around Rialto beach, get a taxi or bus or whatever to get back up north to Ozette lake area, hike thru Ozette to the coast and down to Rialto beach, with overnight camping, is it doable??? Perhaps, someone could advise a similar itinerary, my point is to make a 10-15 mile loop instead of doing the daily round trip 3 mile hikes. Also, which is more interesting? going south of Rialto beach or north????? Thanks a lot in advance!!

      3 Answers Sep 22, 2008 at 12:20 PM
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      Camping and Day hikes?

      by govinda8ME Online Now May 29, 2007 at 2:53 PM

      I will be on the penninsula this friday for three days. My questions are are how the bugs this early in the year? How is the "tailgate" camping close to the Hoh River area? Should I stay outside of the park and drive in in the morning or set up camp in the park? And also how is the camping at La Push, on the beach, this early in the year? Does any body have an idea on the predicted weather for this weekend? Any help at all would be greatly apprecieated, and if anybody is interested in good day hikes friday, saturday, or sunday, let me know, local experience usually helps any experience. Cheers

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      Camping and Day Hikes

      by govinda8ME Online Now May 28, 2007 at 4:05 PM

      i will be on the penninsula this friday for three days. My questions are are how the bugs this early in the year? How is the "tailgate" camping close to the Hoh River area? Should I stay outside of the park and drive in in the morning or set up camp in the park? And also how is the camping at La Push, on the beach, this early in the year? Does any body have an idea on the predicted weather for this weekend? Any help at all would be greatly apprecieated, and if anybody is interested in good day hikes friday, saturday, or sunday, let me know, local experience usually helps any experience. Cheers

    • Sleeping on the beach?

      by yooper4life Online Now Mar 7, 2007 at 11:13 AM

      Just looking for some feedback, been awhile since Ive been to the coast in a while. Can you camp it on the beach and not have to stay at a campground?

      2 Answers Mar 7, 2007 at 4:51 PM
    • 2 days in Olympic National Park help

      by thejule Online Now Jul 3, 2005 at 1:54 PM

      After renting a car, we are planning on driving from Seattle to Pt Angeles in August via Bainbridge. We currently have reservations for 1 night at Crescent Lake Lodge and plan to drive to that end of the park first. The second night we have reservations in Port Angeles and plan to visit Hurricane Ridge. We are going to Victoria, via Victoria Express Ferry the next day, and will spend one night there and come back the next day, then drive back to Seattle. What can we see in this amount of time around Crescent Lake, and then back to Hurricane Ridge area? Also, how long is the drive from Seattle to Port Angeles? Thanks in advance.

      2 Answers Jul 13, 2005 at 6:54 AM
    • Itinerary for Olympic National Park?

      by rdob Online Now Dec 30, 2004 at 5:11 PM

      We are contemplating a trip to Olympic National Park during the summer. Is it possible to stay in one or at the most two places over the span of 5 days or so and see the areas that we would want to see (the rain forest, beaches, mountains etc.) or is it more advisable to stay only one night in each place and try to complete the entire loop of the park without doubling back and forth and fighting traffic? Also, are the flies/mosquitos a big problem in summer? Thanks Rob from Ann Arbor, MI

      11 Answers Nov 21, 2005 at 9:18 PM
    • flies!

      by kaibab Online Now Dec 11, 2004 at 12:13 AM

      We plan to be visiting this Summer. We avoid Scotland in the Summer because of the infernal midges and flies and we suddenly wondered if they were a big summer problem in the national park?

      1 Answer Dec 11, 2004 at 3:08 PM
    • Camping in Olympic National Forest

      by leendap Online Now Jul 19, 2004 at 3:31 PM

      Any good campgounds suggestions in the Olympic National Forest? What about lodging such as cabins or B&B's? How about good bodies of water for canoeing and kayaking? Canoe/Kayak rental shops? Any more info about hiking or must-see places? Thanks!

      1 Answer Jul 19, 2004 at 6:04 PM