Plus you can share your own photos and stories of memorable visits to the ONP, below.
We'll show you Olympic National Park pictures from the northern reaches of the Olympic National Park (where you'll find the majority of ONP attractions), starting with Hurricane Ridge, then move west in a clockwise fashion. You can follow along on the ONP map below.
Some of these places pictured here have pages dedicated to them on the My Port Angeles website. Click on the links for more photos and more information about those parts of the Olympic National Park.
The northern section of the ONP includes the following attractions:
Madison Creek Falls
Madison Falls doesn't drop as far as does Marymere Falls, but it does have one thing in its favor - accessibility. You can find Madison Falls just west of Port Angeles, and a short stroll from its parking lot. As you can see, it is still quite an impressive waterfall!
Oh the moods Lake Crescent can wear!
Pristine and peaceful...
Grey and moody...
Teasing and playful...
And sometimes irritable and agitated...
Sol Duc Valley
The ruggedness of many Washington beaches defies expectations. Eons of pounding by waves against the shores has worn away miles of coastline, leaving behind sea stacks, those behemoths that still stand against the onslaught of the tides.
Of course, there are still plenty of gracefully curving sandy crescent beaches offsetting the tension of the ocean stacks. Come and see!
Shi Shi Beach
Alava Point at Ozette
Storm watching in the Pacific Northwest can be quite palpitating. If you cannot do your watching through a large picture window holding a steaming mug of hot chocolate, you may as well be out in the thick of it with an umbrella turned inside out. It was that kind of a day at Rialto Beach in the photo below.
Ruby Beach is a favorite among Pacific Northwest photographers, possibly because its dramatic sea stacks are close and accessible.
The sand at Ruby Beach is rich in granular garnets, they say, and is reported to glow a pinkish shade when the light is just right. I've not yet personally seen that pink glow, but if I do, we'll share it with you.
Whoever named some of these Olympic National Park beaches...?
See the gallery of photos dedicated solely to the Olympic National Park Beaches.
The Hoh Rainforest is found in the West Inland part of the Olympic Peninsula, and in the Olympic National Park.
These photos of the Hoh rain forest photos are just a taste - visit Hoh Rain Forest Photos for a full gallery of photos taken throughout the Hoh.
Like the Hoh River Valley, The Queets and Quinault River Valleys are quintessential temperate rain forest. Rainfall averages 140+ inches per year in the entire inland west and southwest portions of the Olympic National Park, including the Hoh, Queets, and Quinault Rainforests. In the higher elevations near the peaks, yearly rainfall averages 200+ inches.
Staircase: In the southeast region of the Olympic National Park is Staircase Ranger Station through which tumbles the Skokomish River.
Dosewallips: The Dosewallips ranger station is the only ranger station in the east ONP. It is currently closed due to flood damage to the road, however you can certainly hike the 5 miles from the road closure to the campground. Dosewallips offers access to the extensive trail network in the eastern portion of the ONP.
If you're planning to camp within the ONP, don't forget to check the status of the Campground(s) at which you plan to stay. Plus, always check current road conditions before setting out, as flooding or fallen trees can close roads in a heartbeat.
Olympic National Park pictures may give you a sense of the park, but without a doubt visiting the park is always better in person!
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