State’s Olympic Peninsula is
area for truly memorable vacation. It offers miles of unique
shorelines, alpine meadows
crowned with glaciers, dense rain forest valleys and almost a million
acres of Olympic National
Park to enjoy along with Olympic National Forest and dozens of other
attractions along with many other state,
county and city parks.
The Olympic Peninsula is home to some of the
only temperate rain forests in the
world, including the Hoh, Queets, and
Quinault. Rain forest vegetation is concentrated primarily in the
western part of the peninsula, as the interior mountains create a rain
shadow effect in areas to the east, resulting in a much drier climate
in those locales.
At 7,980 feet,
Mount Olympus is the highest peak in Olympic National Park and has the
third largest glacial system in the contiguous U.S. Mount Olympus
receives over 200 inches of
precipitation each year and most of that falls as snow.
In 1988, Congress designated
95% of Olympic National Park as Wilderness. The Olympic Wilderness is a
part of the National Wilderness Preservation System.