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Dosewallips Area- This general forest area encompasses the Dosewallips River and its tributaries. The drainage lies in the central eastern Olympic Mountains.
Elwha Area- The Elwha area leads through the central Olympic Mountains, encompassing the Elwha River, its tributaries and surrounding terrain.
Hoh/Bogachiel Area- These rivers lie in the western central area of Olympic National Park. This Hoh/Bogachiel area consists of extreme biodiversity.
Hood Canal Area- This general forest area encompasses the southeastern corner of Olympic National Park. The largest drainage in the area is the North Fork Skokomish River, which flows into Lake Cushman.
Hurricane Ridge Area- This area is one of the most accessible and therefore most visited areas of the park. It includes the Olympic National Park Visitor Center and Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center.
Lake Crescent Area- This area of Olympic National Park lies in the northwestern corner of the property. The facilities lie along the northern and southern shores of the lake with trails stemming southeastward into the mountains.
Quinault Area- The Quinault General Forest Area lies along the southern boundary of Olympic National Park. Two large drainages comprise this biologically diverse area.
Sol Duc Area- The Sol Duc is one of the larger drainages in the windward Olympic Mountains. The drainage leads eastward into the low northwestern peaks of the peninsula with easy access from Sol Duc Road.

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Olympic National Park
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Olympic National Park
Description - Olympic National Park encompasses three distinctly different ecosystems
glacier capped mountains, Pacific coast and old-growth and temperate rain forest. Ninety-five percent of these diverse ecosystems lie within designated wilderness area. Over 600 miles of trails provide access to these wild areas.

This terrain has been isolated for eons by glacial ice, the waters of Puget Sound and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Due to this isolation, the Olympic Peninsula has developed its own distinct array of plants and animals. Eight kinds of plants and five kinds of animals are found on the peninsula and live
nowhere else in the world.

Recreation - This park provides activities for the novice and veteran mountaineer. A good place to begin any adventure in the park is the visitor centers. These are located in Port Angeles, Hurricane Ridge and the Hoh rain forest. They provide exhibits and visitor information, including maps, permits, recreation guides, etc. The Olympic National Park Visitor Center in Port Angeles is open and staffed year-round and serves as the park's primary information and orientation center. Exhibits are also located at the following ranger stations: Staircase, Storm King (at Lake Crescent), Ozette and Kalaloch.

Nearly 600 miles of trails traverse the park, ranging from short, easy loop trails to rigorous and primitive trails along high passes or rugged ocean beaches. Topographic maps, and often tide tables, are a must for most hikes. Vehicle access to various points around the park can be gained by way of 168 miles of roads. All park roads are spur roads' from U.S. Highway 101.

The National Park Service operates 16 campgrounds with a total of 910 sites. Camping fees vary throughout the park depending on the services and amenities. All sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Some campground remain open throughout the winter.

Climate - Olympic has a moderate marine climate with pleasant summers and mild, wet winters. (Over 200 inches of precipitation falls annually on some of the higher peaks.) Summers are generally fair and warm, with high temperatures usually between 65 and 75 degrees F. Summer is the driest season, with heavier precipitation during the rest of the year.

Winters temperatures at lower elevations reach 30 to 40 degrees F. At higher elevations, snowfall is generally heavy, with accumulations of up to 10 feet common. Closer to sea level, much of the precipitation comes as rain, with some infrequent snow fall. At any time of year, visitors should come prepared for a variety of conditions. Rain gear and layered clothing are a must.

Location - Olympic National Park occupies the central portion of the Olympic Peninsula, as well as a narrow 63-mile strip of land along the peninsula's Pacific Coast. The Olympic Peninsula itself comprises the northwestern most tip of the lower 48 United States, lying west of the Seattle/Tacoma area and Puget Sound.


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Contact Information:
Olympic National Park, 600 East Park Avenue , Port Angeles, WA, 98362-6798, Phone: 360-452-4501

Additional Information:
Olympic & Kitsap Peninsulas - The vast and roadless Olympic National Park combined with Olympic National Forest, totals more than 2 million acres of protected nature. Ecological and geological extremes coexist in close proximity. Whether you're equipped to scale the sharpest peak, or simply seek the peace of a groomed path to a waterfall in the forest, you must explore it for yourself.
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Washington National Forests and Parks - Washington has an abundance of National Forests. There are six national forests within the state.

Links:
Olympic National Park - Official agency website from the National Park Service.

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