USA: WASHINGTON: Olympic Peninsula

The Olympic Peninsula in the state of Washington is captured in photo galleries below featuring sea coast, haystacks, animals, mountains, flowers, and plants. In 1981, Olympic National Park was honored as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Animals

Animal photos from the Olympic Peninsula of Washington include: Roosevelt elk, a deer with Mount Olympus in background, and a clay chicken on a lavender farm. The Roosevelt elk (or Olympic elk, Cervus canadensis roosevelti) is the largest of the four surviving subspecies of elk in North America.


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Mountains

July 27, 2021 hiking report: Obstruction Point Road features Olympic National Park’s best views of Mount Olympus from a vehicle (open from about July 4 through October 15 depending on weather and snow, and not suitable for trailers due to steep, narrow gravel surface). Turn left just before the Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center. Starting from Obstruction Point Trailhead, we day hiked a great loop over Lillian Ridge to Grand Lake, with short side trip to Moose Lake, then returned the longer way along Grand Creek via Badger Valley Trail (9 miles with 2740 feet gain). Expect to see a lot of backpackers at this popular wilderness entry point.


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In the above gallery, Olympic Peninsula mountain photos include: Olympic National Park, Mount Olympus, deer, Obstruction Point, Lillian Ridge trail to Grand Creek and Badger Valley, Big Quilcene Trail to Marmot Pass, ferry with mountain backdrop, and an aerial view of Hood Canal and the Olympic Range.

Sea coast, ferries, towns

Coast, ferry, and town photos from the Olympic Peninsula, Washington include: dramatic thunderhead and big logs on Kalaloch Beach, sea stacks on Ruby Beach, Olympic National Park, Cape Flattery sea caves on the most northwestern point of the contiguous United States, Port Townsend Historic District, Kingston Ferry, sunset light on abstract cloud pattern, aerial view of Hood Canal and Olympic Mountains.


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Farms, flowers, plants

The following photos from the Olympic Peninsula include: lavender farms, rusting equipment, sunflowers, rhododendron wildflowers on Mount Townsend hike, Phlox flowers, profuse Columbine flowers (genus Aquilegia in Buttercup family, Ranunculaceae), Olympic larkspur (Delphinium glareosum Greene), orange-red Indian paintbrush (Castilleja), False Solomon’s Seal (or Treacleberry, Latin name Maianthemum racemosum), water streaming by Devils Club (Oplopanax horridus, Araliaceae), rime frost on grass and trees, rays of light through moss covered trees in Hoh Rain Forest, ferns.


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