Traveling in Washington
OLYMPIC NATIONAL FOREST
631,514 acres. Consisting of several tracts of land surrounding Olympic National Park, on the Olympic Peninsula in northwest Washington, this National Forest has scenery which ranges from lush rain forests to rugged mountains over 7,000 feet.
A number of lakes, rivers, and streams with waterfalls are found here, along with some deep canyons, high meadows, hot springs, and cedar swamps. There are forests of Douglas fir, western red cedar, and hemlock. Wildlife includes elk, deer, bear, mountain goat, cougar, and coyote.
The National Forest has five designated wilderness areas: the 45,600-acre Buckhorn Wilderness,
17,000-acre The Brothers Wilderness, the 15,700-acre Mount Skokomish Wilderness, the 12,000-acre Colonel Bob Wilderness, and the 2,300-acre Wonder Mountain Wilderness.
Activities: Backpacking and hiking are possible on over 200 miles of trails, some of which connect with trails in Olympic National Park. Difficulty ranges from easy to strenuous.
Cross-country skiing is a winter option. Horseback riding is available, as is mountain biking on ome trails outside of wilderness areas. The Hump-tulips River is suitable for canoeing. Fishing is possible along the numerous lakes, rivers, and streams. Hunting is permitted in season.
Camping Regulations: Camping and campfires are allowed throughout the National Forest, except where otherwise prohibited. No permits are necessary. Visitors are asked to camp at least 100 f<;et from water sources, and to use existing sites whenever possible. For Further Information: Olympic National Forest, 801 South Capitol Way, P.O. Box 2288, Olympia, WA 98507; (206)753-9534. [gallery ids=""]