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June 1, 2022
Have you been craving a PNW weekend getaway? an amazing PNW destination filled with mountains, mossy rocks, waterfalls, and clear lakes? Then this itinerary is for you! Below I will lay out a 3 days in Olympic National Park covering many different parts of the park. You can get your fix of hiking, traveling, national parks, adventuring, road tripping, and an amazing getaway!
A few things to know is that ONP is HUGE and each section of the park has very different terrain to offer including the Pacific coastline, alpine areas, the west-side temperate rainforest, and the forests of the drier east side.
There are many different regions and “cities” of the ONP with some being more remote with limited resources such as gas and food than others. A few of the more popular areas of the ONP are:
For a 3 days in Olympic National Park, here are some important things to note:
-First off, have camp sites or overnight accommodations booked ahead of time as there is not much dispersed camping. That being said, there are times where you will luck out and find a spot, or you are more likely to find day of camping at Ozette Lake campground or other more remote campground
-Secondly, it’s important to have lots of snacks and a camping stove to keep you nice and full!
-Thirdly, it is always nice to have a waterproof and water resistant rain jacket on hand while traveling in the PNW.
-Fourth of all, National Parks are NOT dog friendly, so leave your dog or pet at home!
-Finally, I am inputting LOTS of hikes per day which is achievable, but you can also opt out of all the hiking and just do the drive and get out of each parking lot and walk a few minutes!
-Depending on when you want to leave, you can leave Friday night and sleep in Port Angeles to be closer, or leave Saturday morning and drive straight to the Hurricane Ridge Parking lot
-Once at the Hurricane Ridge Parking lot, I would leave lots of time to soak in the beauty from Hurricane Ridge and make the short hike to the top of Hurricane Hill
-After the short hike up Hurricane Hill, I would refuel with water and a snack and hike Klahhane Ridge Trail. If you’re up for a longer hike, try Khlahhane Ridge Trail to Lake Angeles. If you can’t get to this then no worries, just stick to the above-mentioned Hurricane Hill Trail, and maybe try to do some walking once you are at the below-mentioned Obstruction Point parking lot!
-After your hikes, I would most definitely make the scenic drive from Hurricane Ridge to Obstruction Point which you can find on Obstruction Point Road.
-You can hike once you are down at the Obstruction Point Parking lot OR this would be a great spot to pull out the snacks and stoves and cook yourselves a good meal while enjoying an amazing view. If you want to hike, I recommend Obstruction Point – Deer Park Trail to get some good photos!
-Finally, end the day by staying overnight in Port Angeles.
-Bright and early Sunday morning, I would first make the drive to Lake Crescent Lodge! Once here, strongly consider renting a canoe to check out the AMAZING clear water of Lake Crescent!
-NOTE: Make sure you type in Lake Crescent for directions and NOT Crescent Lake as this is located in Oregon!
-After a nice canoe ride, grab a bite or drink at Lake Crescent Lodge.
-After that, hike Marymere Falls! This is a short and easy hike which will leave you feeling like you are in the Amazon.
-In addition to Marymere Falls, complete a longer hike after at Mount Storm King !
-To end the night, stay overnight at Lake Crescent Lodge, Sol Duc Hot Springs, Sol Duc Campground, Lake Quinault Lodge or anywhere near that area!
-Make your way to the most upper left corner of the United States… Neah Bay!
-Hike Cape Flattery, Check out Forks & Lake Quinault Area
-Finally, start your drive back to Seattle!
There are definitely an endless amount of things to do and routes to take, and there is no wrong route!
Do you have other hike, lodge, route recommendations for a 3 days in the Olympic National Park?
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