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Located in the northwest corner of Washington State, Olympic National Park is known for it’s endless beauty and richly diverse ecosystems. As the 3rd most visited National Park in the western United States, Olympic boasts 900 miles of epic trails traversing across all types of terrain.

Recently, Ben Matthews and a group of friends packed up and drove from Wyoming to visit this amazing place. Read about their experience below.

Olympic National Park is one of the most diverse places I have ever been to. There are snow-capped peaks, glacier-fed rivers, dense rainforest valleys, and miles of rocky coastline.

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We started our journey inside the park exploring the Hoh Rainforest. Moss and ferns cover nearly every inch of the untouched ground. There are so many different shades of green. It’s a pretty incredible sight.

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The rainforest used to span the distance from southeastern Alaska to the central coast of California, but with global warming on the rise, along with deforestation, the rainforest area inside Olympic National Park is one of just a few protected areas remaining in the region.

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After our time spent in the forest, we headed towards the coast for an overnight backpacking trip.

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After a few miles walking on a trail surrounded by tall, moss-covered trees, we began to hear the sound of waves breaking. Everybody started running towards the sound until we saw a break in the trees. And then, there it was, the endless horizon of the mighty Pacific Ocean. That was the first time I had seen it. Finally. But I wasn’t the only one who hadn’t seen the Pacific, and there was a sense of joy amongst us all. It was awesome.

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The coastline along the Washington coast is rugged and beautiful. We hiked down the beach until we found the campsite for the night. We set up our tents, made some dinner, watched the sun set over that endless horizon, and called it a night.

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The Pacific Northwest is a beautiful region that everyone should experience at least once in your life. Or, you can move there. That’s what I’ll be doing soon.

Items packed on this trip:

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