Olympic National Park is one of our nation’s crown jewels. A biological reserve and protected wilderness in the Pacific Northwest, Olympic hosts three diverse eco-systems—ocean, rainforest, and mountains—within its 1,400 square miles.
The park protects the rocky cliffs, sand beaches, and tide pools along 73 miles of wild, uninterrupted Pacific coastline.
Temperate rain forests in the valleys of the Quinault, Queets, and Hoh Rivers receive twelve feet of rain each year, which supports Sitka spruce, western hemlock, vine-maples, ferns, and the thick mosses covering the forest floor.
The glacier-capped Olympic Mountains are some of the youngest on Earth. They thrust up from the sea only 35 million years ago, and although only 8,000 feet high, are still rising today. Montane (highland) forests give …[ … ] Read The Full Story