Greetings from Olympic National Park

A Bald Eagle way overhead. This was back in the 1980’s when the Bald Eagle was still a pretty unusual bird to see in the wild. We were hiking up near the Wynoochie River when we spotted this lonely baldy soaring on the air currents high above us! The Olympics have always been that way, a wonderful source of rare beasts, amazing views, mountain peaks, and rare exotic native animals!

Matthew J Van Camp

Olympic National Park

Exploring Olympic’s dynamic landscape is like visiting three parks in one. The high mountains offer snow, glaciers, wilderness and — if you time it right — acres of wildflowers. The lush, verdant Hoh Rainforest is unlike anything else in the Lower 48, and home to Roosevelt elk, black bears and other charismatic wildlife. And the park’s stunning coast offers some of the country's wildest and most spectacular beaches, dotted with tide pools and sea stacks. Visitors can now see where park staff recently removed two large dams, letting the Elwha River flow freely again for the first time in more than 100 years.

State(s): Washington

Established: 1909

“Because they are an amazing, exotic source of what once was every where. A genetic diversity gene pool and the wide variety of ecosystems required to support such diversity.”

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