The Olympic National Park is routinely listed among the 10 most visited parks in the country. But in the off-season, the Olympic National Forest is often overlooked as a hiking destination. And that’s a good thing—we’re not getting out there for the crowds anyway.
The park is actively maintained year-round, as opposed to most other parks in the state. That means, barring the occasional furlough, the trash will be emptied, falling trees will be cleared, and goats will be airlifted, making it a safe and supported place to adventure no matter the season. A few of these hikes even stand up to winter weather.
“But I don’t want to deal with the ferry,” you might say. It’s totally not necessary for these excursions, although the ride is beautiful.
Here’s some gorgeous, rewarding hikes—just 2 or 3 hours away from town—for which the ferry is optional (but encouraged).
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