Hiking Olympic National Park
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|Trip Length||6 days/5 nights|
|Price||From $3095 - $3495|
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National parks are beautiful almost by definition, but even within that category Washington’s Olympic National Park is extraordinary. More than 95 percent of it is designated as the Olympic Wilderness, meaning it’s undisturbed by buildings or roads. On a trail in this International Biosphere Reserve and UNESCO World Heritage site, you might find yourself with black bears, elk or mountain goats as your only companions. On this hiking adventure, you’ll explore three distinct ecosystems: subalpine forests and wildflower meadows, rare temperate rain forests and the rugged Pacific Ocean shore. On windswept, mile-high Hurricane Ridge, Monetcolored mountain meadows have endless views. In the Elwha, site of the world’s largest dam-removal project, salmon swim free for the first time in more than a century. In the Hoh and Quinault Rain Forests, 300-foot, fogshrouded Douglas firs and Sitka spruces shade fern- and moss-draped alders, cedars, maples and Roosevelt elk, native only to the Pacific Northwest. On the coast, boulders are sculpted by waves, tidal pools teem with sea life, sea stacks are topped with trees and redwood-size driftwood rests. Olympic serves as the definition for indelible.