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Hiking in the Olympic Peninsula

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Bergamo, Italy
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Hiking in the Olympic Peninsula

Hi everybody,

Coming from the Alps in Italy we really

don't mind to walk. Visit a park

in car and stop somewhere eating is not our

main purpose. We plan to stay a few days

and walk all the day but starting and returing

to the same point - coming from overseas we won't

take anything for camping out. Any advice on paths

or trails would be very useful. Will be there in August - how will the wheather be? Cold?

PS: if you ever come to the Alps in Italy

and you like go hiking, let me know!

Thanks in advance


Bellevue, WA
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1. Re: Hiking in the Olympic Peninsula

Hi Lorenzo,

I just drove past this place today:

Rain Forest Hostel


It is a short drive away from the Hoh Rain Forest, where you can hike for miles through the forest or along the river. Nearby to the south are many miles of sandy ocean beaches. Ruby Beach is particularly beautiful.

August should be our most pleasant weather. It can be cold and rainy. It would very rarely be hot. Usually sunny in the upper 60's Fahrenheit.

Good luck!


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2. Re: Hiking in the Olympic Peninsula

Dear Lorenzo,

It is great to hear from someone who loves to walk, as Olympic National Park has magnificent trails. For suggested day trips, please look at www.kaleberg.com. There are detailed descriptions and pictures of our favorite hikes.

August weather is usually sunny and pleasant, although you might encounter some rain, so take sweaters and light raincoats.

You should try to book lodging soon because August is our busiest month out here, and the best places fill up far in advance.

Have a wonderful trip!

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3. Re: Hiking in the Olympic Peninsula

I liked the trail up to Boulder Lake. If you enter the park at the Elwha Valley entrance you can drive to the trail head. About three mile up the trail you can take a slight detour and visit the Olympic Hot Springs for a nice soak (the pool most distant from the trail is the best).

A walk along the beach from Realto Beach is also quite nice. Remember to keep an eye on the tide since the beach disappers in some places when the tide is in.

The weather is good in August ( 70's and dry). Usually there is still snow at the higher elevations.

there are many other nice trails in the Park. These are just two of my favorites

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4. Re: Hiking in the Olympic Peninsula

Ciao, Lorenzo---unfortunately our mountains don't have Rifugios for a lunch stop like you have in the Alps and Dolomites, but the trails are very nice and you can even gain views to the ocean.

This website has descriptions of many hikes in the Olympics---just click on the name and the description of the trail will appear.


I would particularly recommend the Heather Park/Lake Angeles loop and the Badger Valley/Lillian Ridge loop for full-day hikes with a variety of terrain and great views. These will take uyou above treeline to fields of rock and wildflowers. You might even find a mountain goat. And for a walk to the beach and back, try the Cape Alava/Sandpoint loop, often called the Ozette Lake loop.

Just be sure to carry the food and water you will need for all day. August is generally warm and sunny, but in the mountains it can change quickly, so be prepared with raingear.

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