Olympic National Park 18 Revealing Scenes from One of the Most Unique Places on Earth

                                                     

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18 Revealing Scenes from One of the Most Unique Places on Earth

By Chris DePauw and Kylie Rudh

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Hurricane Ridge Road Olympic National Park Washington

18. Hurricane Ridge Road

Hurricane Ridge Road Olympic National Park Washington

Hurricane Ridge Road

Hurricane Ridge Road Olympic National Park Washington

17. Klahhane Ridge

Klahhane Ridge Hike

Klahhane Ridge Hike

Klahhane Ridge Hike

16. Mountain Goats


Chris: What this video doesn’t show is that this family of about 20 was completely impeding the hiking path.

Kylie: Or our very real uncertainty (i.e. downright irrational fear) of these uni-horned creatures. Well, at least until Dad Of The Year came along, untied his jacket from around his waste, and spun that thing round his head like a life-saving helicopter. Apparently they’re fairly heckin’ blind animals and if you make yourself look big they will think you are a predator and scatter in turn. Can confirm.

15. Flora, yo

flora hurricane ridge olympic national park

I SWEAR TO GOD I WILL VENMO $10 TO THE FIRST PERSON THAT CAN TELL ME IN THE COMMENT SECTION WHAT KIND OF PLANT THIS IS

flora hurricane ridge olympic national park

We missed Olympic National Park’s wildflower season, but these shy lo’ frosted guys were beautiful

14. Selfie Stick Struggles

Chris: This is atop Klahhane Ridge, where Mom Of The Year (spouse to Dad Of The Year) carried their not-so-very-small child all the way up with her superhuman maternal strength. Ungrateful Child Of The Year was quoted as wishing she could “just go home and lay on the couch.”

Kylie: Can both confirm and relate.

13. Sunset over the Olympics

12. Tent Time

camping tips olympic national park

Kylie: This I believe was taken at Heart O’ the Hills Campground, in the North (#winterfell) of Olympic National Park. It was frigid and rainy.1

must see olympic national park

11. Second Beach

second beach olympic national park road trip Kylie: After a month on the road we finally made it to the beach. And wow, was it ever worth it the wait. Easily one the most breathtaking places I’ve ever been.

must see olympic national park second beach

10. Sea Monsters

sea life olympic national park fauna

WILL VENMO AN ADDITIONAL $10 TO ANYONE THAT CAN IDENTIFY THESE MARINE MYSTERIES IN THE COMMENTS

sea life olympic national park faunasea life olympic national park fauna

9. Accidental Beauty

8. Rialto Beach

rialto beach must see olympic national park

rialto beach must see olympic national park

7. Giant Seastacks

Kylie: “Giant” is not an understatement. Can you spot me?

6. Hole-in-the-Wall

“It’s called ‘Hole-in-the-Wall’ because that’s what it is.” -Olympic National Park

5. Forks

Chris: The moment of a lifetime: when we realized we were in the place where Twilight is based (though not technically in Olympic National Park).

Kylie: To this very day: Fork Twilight.2

olympic national park gems hoh rainforest

4. Hoh Rainforest

Hoh Rainforest Best HikesChris: I know you all expect me to make some sorta cheap joke here at the expense of my beloved lady friend but I am 2 #grown 4 u. Let it be known.3

olympic national park gems hoh rainforest

3. Kalaloch Cedar

olympic national park attractions kalaloch cedarKylie: Just off the road in southwest Olympic National Park, and a short walk into the rainforest, is one of the world’s largest Western Red Cedar Trees, it is nearly 1000 (A MILLENIUM!) years old and 175 ft. tall.

Chris: It was struck by lightning a couple years ago which may lead to its slow demise. Imagine how loud it must of have been.

2. Sol Duc Falls

must-do olympic national park sol duc falls

Sol Duc Falls Hike

must-do olympic national park sol duc falls

1. Elk for Breakfast


hoh rainforest olympic national park wildlife elk

1. We stayed at Heart O’ the Hills and Hoh Campgrounds, both within Olympic National Park.
2. We hiked Klahhane Ridge, Hole-in-the-Wall, and Sol Duc Falls, all within Olympic National Park.
3. We saw elk, mountain goats, and sea monsters. Kylie also thinks she may have seen a cheetah, so there’s that.
4. It rains there all the time, so come prepared. We were lucky enough to be there for one of the worst wind and rain storms in nearly 50 years. Typhoons, baby.
5. We spoke to an old, solo traveler from Montana who told us that watching storms roll in from the Olympic Coast is one of the coolest experiences. We missed out, but he totally sold us on it.
6. What We Missed: Ruby Beach, Obstruction Ridge Road, and Lake Crescent, to name a few of many. (Olympic National Park is huge!) There’s never enough time, and always a reason to go back.
7. Thanks for reading! If you have any questions or thoughts on Olympic National Park or otherwise let us know in the comment section.
8. (Spoiler A-Yurt) Our next post in the road trip timeline will be about how we braced that once-in-a-lifetime storm mentioned above.

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  1. Chris: This I believe is when I realized rainy camping means no eavesdropping neighbors.
  2. Fuck Twilight
  3. IT SAYS HOH RAINFOREST AND THERES A PICTURE OF KYLIE IN THE RAINFOREST LMAOOOOOOOO!!!!!!