Second Beach, Olympic National Park, Washington (Purestock/Getty)

Second Beach, Olympic National Park, Washington (Photodisc)

Hiking in Olympic National Park, Washington (Purestock/Getty)

Sol Duc Falls in Olympic National Park, Washington (Bruce Heinemann/Photographers-Choice/Getty)

Forest walk in Olympic National Park, Washington (NPS)

Second Beach, Olympic National Park, Washington (iStockphoto)

Deer on Hurricaine Ridge Olympic National Park, Washington (iStockphoto)

Rialto Beach in Olympic National Park, Washington (Comstock)

Northwest Beach, Olympic National Park, Washington (iStockphoto)

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What to do in Olympic National Park

Few truly wild places remain in America, and even fewer have the range of rare and vital wilderness found in Olympic National Park. In the northwest corner of Washington State, the park offers daunting snow-covered mountains, lush temperate rainforests, and miles of wild Pacific coastline. Three distinct ecosystems present nature at its most primal, including some of the healthiest salmon spawning grounds in the lower 48. The determined fish battle their way up the crystal-clear rivers and streams that wind through evergreen rainforests choked with moss and ferns. Much of the park is accessible by road, but the rugged coast and interior areas are best explored on foot. Nearly 600 miles of trails traverse the park, including a 103-mile stretch of the 1,200-mile Pacific Northwest Trail.

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