Nature’s Champion Olympic National Park, National Geographic: Coastal Wilderness

Gray fog blankets a beach covered with birds and prominant rocks.

Gulls forage along the somber coast in Olympic National Park as fog lifts at the end of the day to reveal sea stacks on Shi Shi beach.

The entire park is awash in rain and fog during many months with a short dry season in the summer. The park has greatly contrasting ecosystems between its wild beaches and glacier-crowned peaks, and the world’s most intemperate temperate rain forest. Uninterrupted wilderness stretch 73 miles along the Pacific coast with bout 95% of the more than 900,000 acres remaining wild.

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