Olympic National Park Adventure: 24 Hour Getaway from Seattle

An Olympic National Park getaway is the perfect 24 hour or weekend adventure from Seattle. This park has it all! I’m talking a beautiful coastline, lust rain forests, and soaring mountains. You will have a hard time choosing what to do with your time… and that’s where this post comes in!

My husband and I have visited the Olympic Peninsula on many occasions but haven’t actually spent much time there since relocating to Seattle. We figured we better change that and decided to take a short Olympic National Park getaway this past week.

In this blog post I’m sharing how to get from Seattle to the park, some must-do hikes, and other suggestions for your Olympic Peninsula adventure!

Olympic National Park Adventure

24 Hour Getaway from Seattle

In collaboration with Backcountry.com

For 15% off your first order, use code RENEE15  (offer expires December 31, 2018)

There are many ways you can take an Olympic National Park getaway. Some people choose to just see the beautiful coastline, others are more interested in exploring the rain forest, and many just want to get out in the mountains. I would recommend ALL these things, but you will have to be choosy if you only have a spare 24 hours to see the park.

I made a mini guide to exploring Olympic National Park during our road trip to all 59 National Parks in 2017. The mini guide has a brief summary of all the things to do in the park. In contrast, this blog post is a suggested itinerary for those traveling from Seattle and want to have a quick (and awesome!) 24 hour adventure.

Catch the Ferry

Getting from Seattle to Olympic National Park is easy. You can either drive the entire way (about 3 hours) or cut down driving time by catching a ferry. We opted to take the Edmonds to Kingston ferry as we live in Lynnwood and that’s the most convenient and shortest route.

Edmonds itself is a really pretty coastal town and the ferry was a fun experience. On a clear day you can even see Mount Baker and the Olympics in the distance. Once arriving in Kingston we opted to have a quick a bite to eat at The Grub Hub.

Pictured above: Arc’teryx Cerium SV Down JacketDanner Mountain Light BootPrana Pillar LeggingFjallraven Kanken Backpack


Hike Mount Storm King

From Kingston we opted to drive straight to the parking lot nearby Lake Crescent and the Mount Storm King Ranger Station. From here you can explore beautiful Lake Crescent, take a short stroll to Marymere Falls,  or do what we did – hike up Mount Storm King.

We chose to take a sunset hike as we love photographing places in the best light possible, but you could take this hike any time of day. If you do decide to take a sunset hike, be sure to pack a head lamp or flash light (more packing information listed at the end of this blog post!)

Location: Park at the Mount Storm King Ranger Station parking lot, then begin down the Marymere Falls Trail. After 10 minutes or so you will see a trail sign on the left marking the beginning of the Mount Storm King hike.

Distance: 4 miles round trip

Elevation gain: 2065 feet

Rating: moderate – difficult

Pictured above: Backcountry Mt. Aire SweatshirtDanner Mountain Light BootPrana Pillar LeggingPatagonia Capilene Midweight CrewOsprey Tempest 20L Pack, Hydroflask Water Bottle

I hike on a regular basis, so didn’t find this trail to be too challenging. In saying that, it is very steep in parts, has sections of exposure, and areas where a rope is required due to slippery ground.

You can hike 2/3rds of the way and stop before the ropes section, which still provides gorgeous views. I would personally avoid hiking the last section of this trail in snowy or super rainy conditions.

The views from the summit are absolutely beautiful and we happened to luck out with an incredible sunset. It was breathtaking!

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As mentioned above, we opted to hike down in the dark (using headlamps) and found this to be completely doable. We did get down the ropes section during blue hour, which I think is the safest option.

For accommodation that night we chose to stay at an affordable hotel in Port Angeles. For other options, Olympic National Park has numerous established camping spots such as Fairholm Campground. There are also some back-roads nearby the park that we have used to discreetly sleep in our car during past trips.

For Thai food lovers – we had a delicious post-hike dinner at Sabai Thai and would highly recommend you visit.


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Sunrise at Hurricane Ridge

We chose to make the most of our Olympic National Park getaway and start the day early at Hurricane Ridge. It took us about 45 minutes to drive from Port Angeles and we arrived just in time for sunrise.

After parking at the beginning of the lot (not at the Visitor Center), we took a short stroll up the Hurricane Ridge Trail to Sunrise Point. The mountain and ocean views were absolutely gorgeous!

There were longer trails in the area, such as Klahhane Ridge, but we were pretty chilly and opted to end our morning adventure there.

Pictured above: Columbia Jacket, Prana Pillar Legging, Fjallraven Kanken Backpacksimilar beanieBlundstone Boots

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Sample Port Angeles’ Doughnuts

Before heading back to the ferry we had to try some of Port Angeles’ famed doughnuts! We can report that both Num Num Donuts and Cock-a-Doodle Doughnuts were delicious!

I always opt to bring my Hydroflask reusable cup when traveling, so that I can reduce waste whilst still enjoying hot drinks. Their cups (and drink bottles) are awesome and I would recommend you try them out for your next trip.


Optional Trip Additions

Want to extend your Olympic National Park getaway? I would suggest checking out the following iconic spots:

  • Marymere Falls and/or Sol Dul Falls
  • Hoh Rain Forest (particularly the Hall of Moses Trail)
  • Ruby Beach and Second Beach

Again, here is the link to my Olympic National Park mini guide.

Olympic National Park Adventure Getaway 24 Hour Itinerary from Seattle Renee Roaming Ruby Beach


What To Pack

Packing for your Olympic National Park getaway will depend on the time of year you visit. In saying that though, I’ve experienced rain and sunshine during every season in the park. So it’s probably a good idea to pack for a range of conditions!

Some must pack items for this style of trip are:

Need to gear up? Backcountry.com are currently offering my readers 15% off their first order, using code RENEE15 (offer expires December 31, 2018) *some exclusions apply*

You can find a full list of my hiking apparel and gear recommendations here.

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Pictured above: Arc’teryx Cerium SV Down JacketDanner Mountain Light BootPrana Pillar Legging, similar beaniePatagonia Capilene Midweight CrewOsprey Tempest 20L Pack, Hydroflask Water Bottle

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Disclaimer: Thank you to Backcountry for collaborating on this Olympic National Park getaway. As always, all opinions are my own. The offer of 15% off does not apply on top of any other offer or discount, and it’s one use per customer. This post does contain some affiliate links, which means if you buy something my blog will receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. 

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An Olympic National Park getaway is the perfect 24 hour or weekend adventure from Seattle. This park has it all! I’m talking a beautiful coastline, lust rain forests, and soaring mountains. You will have a hard time choosing what to do with your time… and that’s where this post comes in!

My husband and I have visited the Olympic Peninsula on many occasions but haven’t actually spent much time there since relocating to Seattle. We figured we better change that and decided to take a short Olympic National Park getaway this past week.

In this blog post I’m sharing how to get from Seattle to the park, some must-do hikes, and other suggestions for your Olympic Peninsula adventure!

Olympic National Park Adventure

24 Hour Getaway from Seattle

In collaboration with Backcountry.com

For 15% off your first order, use code RENEE15  (offer expires December 31, 2018)

There are many ways you can take an Olympic National Park getaway. Some people choose to just see the beautiful coastline, others are more interested in exploring the rain forest, and many just want to get out in the mountains. I would recommend ALL these things, but you will have to be choosy if you only have a spare 24 hours to see the park.

I made a mini guide to exploring Olympic National Park during our road trip to all 59 National Parks in 2017. The mini guide has a brief summary of all the things to do in the park. In contrast, this blog post is a suggested itinerary for those traveling from Seattle and want to have a quick (and awesome!) 24 hour adventure.

Catch the Ferry

Getting from Seattle to Olympic National Park is easy. You can either drive the entire way (about 3 hours) or cut down driving time by catching a ferry. We opted to take the Edmonds to Kingston ferry as we live in Lynnwood and that’s the most convenient and shortest route.

Edmonds itself is a really pretty coastal town and the ferry was a fun experience. On a clear day you can even see Mount Baker and the Olympics in the distance. Once arriving in Kingston we opted to have a quick a bite to eat at The Grub Hub.

Pictured above: Arc’teryx Cerium SV Down JacketDanner Mountain Light BootPrana Pillar LeggingFjallraven Kanken Backpack


Hike Mount Storm King

From Kingston we opted to drive straight to the parking lot nearby Lake Crescent and the Mount Storm King Ranger Station. From here you can explore beautiful Lake Crescent, take a short stroll to Marymere Falls,  or do what we did – hike up Mount Storm King.

We chose to take a sunset hike as we love photographing places in the best light possible, but you could take this hike any time of day. If you do decide to take a sunset hike, be sure to pack a head lamp or flash light (more packing information listed at the end of this blog post!)

Location: Park at the Mount Storm King Ranger Station parking lot, then begin down the Marymere Falls Trail. After 10 minutes or so you will see a trail sign on the left marking the beginning of the Mount Storm King hike.

Distance: 4 miles round trip

Elevation gain: 2065 feet

Rating: moderate – difficult

Pictured above: Backcountry Mt. Aire SweatshirtDanner Mountain Light BootPrana Pillar LeggingPatagonia Capilene Midweight CrewOsprey Tempest 20L Pack, Hydroflask Water Bottle

I hike on a regular basis, so didn’t find this trail to be too challenging. In saying that, it is very steep in parts, has sections of exposure, and areas where a rope is required due to slippery ground.

You can hike 2/3rds of the way and stop before the ropes section, which still provides gorgeous views. I would personally avoid hiking the last section of this trail in snowy or super rainy conditions.

The views from the summit are absolutely beautiful and we happened to luck out with an incredible sunset. It was breathtaking!

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As mentioned above, we opted to hike down in the dark (using headlamps) and found this to be completely doable. We did get down the ropes section during blue hour, which I think is the safest option.

For accommodation that night we chose to stay at an affordable hotel in Port Angeles. For other options, Olympic National Park has numerous established camping spots such as Fairholm Campground. There are also some back-roads nearby the park that we have used to discreetly sleep in our car during past trips.

For Thai food lovers – we had a delicious post-hike dinner at Sabai Thai and would highly recommend you visit.


Olympic National Park Adventure Getaway 24 Hour Itinerary from Seattle Renee Roaming Hurricane Ridge Sunrise

Sunrise at Hurricane Ridge

We chose to make the most of our Olympic National Park getaway and start the day early at Hurricane Ridge. It took us about 45 minutes to drive from Port Angeles and we arrived just in time for sunrise.

After parking at the beginning of the lot (not at the Visitor Center), we took a short stroll up the Hurricane Ridge Trail to Sunrise Point. The mountain and ocean views were absolutely gorgeous!

There were longer trails in the area, such as Klahhane Ridge, but we were pretty chilly and opted to end our morning adventure there.

Pictured above: Columbia Jacket, Prana Pillar Legging, Fjallraven Kanken Backpacksimilar beanieBlundstone Boots

Olympic National Park Adventure Getaway 24 Hour Itinerary from Seattle Renee Roaming Hurricane Ridge Sunrise 2


Sample Port Angeles’ Doughnuts

Before heading back to the ferry we had to try some of Port Angeles’ famed doughnuts! We can report that both Num Num Donuts and Cock-a-Doodle Doughnuts were delicious!

I always opt to bring my Hydroflask reusable cup when traveling, so that I can reduce waste whilst still enjoying hot drinks. Their cups (and drink bottles) are awesome and I would recommend you try them out for your next trip.


Optional Trip Additions

Want to extend your Olympic National Park getaway? I would suggest checking out the following iconic spots:

  • Marymere Falls and/or Sol Dul Falls
  • Hoh Rain Forest (particularly the Hall of Moses Trail)
  • Ruby Beach and Second Beach

Again, here is the link to my Olympic National Park mini guide.

Olympic National Park Adventure Getaway 24 Hour Itinerary from Seattle Renee Roaming Ruby Beach


What To Pack

Packing for your Olympic National Park getaway will depend on the time of year you visit. In saying that though, I’ve experienced rain and sunshine during every season in the park. So it’s probably a good idea to pack for a range of conditions!

Some must pack items for this style of trip are:

Need to gear up? Backcountry.com are currently offering my readers 15% off their first order, using code RENEE15 (offer expires December 31, 2018) *some exclusions apply*

You can find a full list of my hiking apparel and gear recommendations here.

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Pictured above: Arc’teryx Cerium SV Down JacketDanner Mountain Light BootPrana Pillar Legging, similar beaniePatagonia Capilene Midweight CrewOsprey Tempest 20L Pack, Hydroflask Water Bottle

Get Outside: Beginners Guide to Hiking Get Outside: Beginners Guide to Hiking

Get Outside: Beginners Guide to Hiking Get Outside: Beginners Guide to Hiking

 

More Adventure Ideas

Guide to Olympic National Park: 59 Parks Road Trip

America’s National Parks – Ranked Best to Worst

15 Least Crowded National Parks & Why You Need to Visit Them

The 15 Most Underrated National Parks in America

Guide to Great Smoky Mountains National Park: 59 Parks Road Trip

Guide to Gates of the Arctic National Park: 59 Parks Road Trip

 

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Disclaimer: Thank you to Backcountry for collaborating on this Olympic National Park getaway. As always, all opinions are my own. The offer of 15% off does not apply on top of any other offer or discount, and it’s one use per customer. This post does contain some affiliate links, which means if you buy something my blog will receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. 

Renee Hahnel

Hi! My name is Renee and I'm an Australian photographer, blogger & travel addict. I now call the U.S.A home but you can usually find me wandering the globe with a camera in hand ✈ Let's get lost!

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4 Comments

  1. Toby and Indy on October 30, 2018 at 5:27 pm

    Wow that is a great overview- I wanna go there !

    • Renee Hahnel on November 17, 2018 at 3:43 am

      Thanks guys!

  2. Diana on November 17, 2018 at 3:28 am

    This place looks magical! But you manage to make every place look amazing with your photography ?

    • Renee Hahnel on November 17, 2018 at 3:46 am

      Aw thanks so much Diana!

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Hi! My name is Renee and I'm an Australian photographer, blogger & travel addict. I now call the U.S.A home but you can usually find me wandering the globe with a camera in hand ✈ Let's get lost!

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