Ocean, Rainforest & Mountains: Olympic National Park
In Western Washington, you'll find the unique Olympic National Park. It finds it's uniqueness in the fact that it's home to multiple ecosystems: a temperate old growth rain forest, the scared HOH rainforest, coastal rocky beaches and dramatic mountain peaks that include Mt Olympus (US edition).
The coastal beaches are filled with towering volcanic rock formations known as sea stacks. Amongst the beaches and stacks you're able to observe life-filled tide pools with Anemones and more! Surrounding these coastal beaches is the moss-covered temperate rainforest. The forest is filled with old and new growth and hundreds of types of mosses and lichens plus so many different fungi!
In the forest, you'll find countless waterfalls, all flowing into the HOH river. The HOH river carries salmon all the way to the pacific ocean. In addition to the HOH river, the parks boasts beautiful lakes such as Lake Crescent, pictured below.
Last but definitely not least, is the beautiful Mt Olympus Peak (featured blog image). The peak was formed about 34 million years ago when the tectonic plates collides. This unique park is a true gem and full of adventure. One of the parks coolest features includes a coastal beach trail that intertwines with the forest and includes rope climbing and bridge crossing.