Brain Download: Olympic

Do:  Backpack in one of the many diverse regions of the Park.  Don’t worry about missing out on other sections – you’ll want to dedicate three days of hiking to just one stretch of one area.

See:  The postcard-worthy rocky coastlines of Rialto Beach and Cape Flattery, as well as verdant green rainforests in the Hoh and Quinault regions (where glaciers can be reached if you’re willing to hike far enough).

Drive:  The Cape Flattery/Cape Loop road from Neah Bay to Cape Flattery winds through gorgeous rows of aspen trees and gives you just a peek of the Pacific Ocean before its end at the trailhead to the northwesternmost point of the contiguous United States.

Stay:  Mora Campground offers excellent facilities if you want to be near the coast but not venture into the backcountry, but if you have the time and resources, camp along the Hoh River Trail or Enchanted Valley Trails in the Hoh and Quinault Rainforests, respectively.

Eat:  As I only patronized one restaurant in six days in Olympic, and it was one of the worst meals I’ve ever had the misfortune to consume, here is where NOT to eat:  Forks Coffee Shop in Forks, WA.  Avoid it like the plague, and see the corresponding ‘Pie’ post for a detailed account of the horror show put on by that food asylum of a restaurant…

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