Summer is finally here and after a record rainfall over the past winter, Pacific Northwest residents are drying out and are getting ready for wilderness exploration. School is out, summer vacation is just getting started and families from all over the nation are flocking to the great state of Washington to experience the natural beauty of America’s greenest region. The start of the summer means a lot of things, from the return to hiking and camping to exploring our backyard National Parks and experiencing the serenity of nature. Our little corner of the world is blessed in endless beauty and the return of summer gives us a much needed connection to nature. Luckily, we have thousands of options, but no place in America is as saturated in beauty as the trails around Olympic National Park.
Olympic National Park receives more rain than most people can fathom. Over 12 feet of rain typically falls in blankets each year, but once spring ends, Olympic National Park is basks in warmth, sun and gorgeousness. In an area known best for oppressive rainfall totals, summer in the rainforests, on the mountains and along the beaches makes Olympic National Park incredibly beautiful and the ideal destination for families and those looking for jaw-dropping hikes.
Olympic National Park has 611 miles of trails, while nearby Olympic National Forest has another 301, giving you access to nearly 1,000 miles of incredible trails in the worlds most diverse and gorgeous territory. Offering access to glaciers, wilderness coast and salmon-filled rivers, alpine lakes and windswept ridge lines, finding the right hike for you and your family can be a tough chore. This is why we got together and figured out our eleven favorite family-friendly hikes. Hike one, hike them all and fall further in love with spending family time in the most-impressive wilderness in the nation.
RUBY BEACH, OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK
Distance: .5 miles roundtrip
Ruby Beach is one of those insanely gorgeous destinations where you might think it is too good to be true. Located directly off Highway 101, just a few short miles from the Kalaloch Lodge, Ruby Beach consistently defies expectations. Offering tide pools, stunning sea stacks and home to some of the best sunsets imaginable, Ruby Beach is less of a hike and more of the ideal coastal playground for you and your family.