Olympic National Park (Washington State)
On Sunday and Monday my son and I went to Olympic National Park with my brother, sister-in-law, nephew, nephew's son and daughter-in-law.
We started Sunday in the coastal section of the park, beginning with a hike to Second Beach. The one way distance from the parking lot to the beach is 0.8 miles, but we hiked a total of 2.6 miles after adding in the distance we hiked on the beach and the walk from the overflow parking lot. This was an easy hike through a beautiful old growth forest to a scenic beach.
We next explored Rialto Beach, hiking only one mile due to the high tide. The beach is filled with large driftwood and pieces of kelp. We enjoyed watching pelicans flying low over the crashing waves.
Our last hike Sunday was the 2 mile round trip Sol Duc Falls Trail. This beautiful trail leads through a forest of tall conifers to the falls.
We spent Sunday night in a cabin at the Port Angeles KOA campground.
We hiked Hurricane Ridge Trail Monday morning, a paved path leading to the top of Hurricane Hill. From the overflow parking it was approximately 4 miles roundtrip with around 800 feet of elevation gain.