Enjoy a brisk walk along Rialto Beach.
While COVID-19 is keeping us far away from family and friends, it doesn’t mean we can’t get close to nature. Autumn on the Olympic Peninsula is the perfect time to enjoy the outdoors. Olympic National Park is home to several distinct ecosystems, which offers a variety of activities and weather. From rainforests to waterfalls to lakes, there’s plenty to see during your stay.
Autumn Activities in Olympic National Park
While autumn brings cooler temperatures to Olympic National Park, there are still plenty of outdoor activities to pique your interest. With several distinct ecosystems, you can see snow in the high country while the rainforest valleys remain balmy and comfortable.
Settle in for a cool night under the stars along the Olympic Peninsula.
One of the best parts of being outside the city is the ability to look into the night sky and be surrounded by stars. While staying in Olympic National Park, be sure to take time to sit outside in the evening and watch as the multitude of stars sparkle above your head.
Paddle Along the Water
Peaceful paddling along Lake Crescent.
The calm waters of Lake Quinault and Lake Crescent are the perfect places to slowly paddle along with nature. Rent a canoe, kayak, or paddleboard at Lake Crescent through mid-October and hop aboard to enjoy the slow ebb and flow of nature.
Pedal Along the Trail
The Hoh Rainforest looks like it’s straight out of a fairytale.
Bring your own or rent a bike at the Log Cabin Resort through mid-September and get ready to see nature from your own two wheels. Bikes are welcome on the Olympic Discovery Trail (ODT), and the 30-mile Rainforest Loop Trail.
Lake Quinault Lodge Hike
If you are staying at Lake Quinault Lodge, you are steps away from 8 miles of beautiful inter-connected trails. Leashed dogs are welcome on some of the trails, so be sure to check ahead of time before bringing your pooch! Check out popular hiking trails here.
Visit Hurricane Ridge
Snow-capped mountains at Hurricane Ridge.
Hurricane Ridge is the starting point for several hiking trails. During the early autumn, you can hike up to Hurricane Hill and on a clear day see to Canada or admire the glacier-clad Mount Olympus. Hurricane Ridge Road is open every day through October and then is open only on weekends. During the colder months, Hurricane Ridge is the gathering place for skiers, snowboarders, and tubers. Before leaving for Hurricane Ridge, always check road conditions with the National Park Service on their twitter account @HRWinterAccess or by calling 360.565.3131.
Soak in the Hot Springs
Nothing beats a soak in the Sol Duc Hot Springs after a long day.
After a long day of hiking, biking, or skiing, there’s no better way to rest your sore muscles than a long soak in hot water. At the Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort, cabin guests can take a dip in the mineral hot springs to soak away their cares and worries.
Where to Safely Stay Near Olympic National Park
If you’re planning to stay overnight during your escape to Olympic National Park, you’ll be glad to know there are several safe, socially distant options for places to stay.
Unwind in front of the majestic fireplace.
Lake Quinault Lodge offers a quiet little getaway with lake access, trails, and rustic vibes. Built in 1926, the lodge provides a warm and inviting vibe that feels like a home-away-from-home. The lodge is open year-round, but please be sure to check out our COVID restrictions.
Log Cabin Resort
Nothing beats a log cabin in the woods in Olympic National Park.
When you book a room at the Log Cabin Resort, you’ll get your own private space where you can safely kick back and relax. The Log Cabin Resort offers a variety of different spaces to choose from, including 2 bedrooms and kitchenette cabins, lakeside chalets, and camper cabins. No matter your needs, there’s a perfect option for you.
RV and Campground Experience
If cabins aren’t your style park your Airstream!
If you’re looking to pull up in your RV or spend the night in a tent, there are plenty of places for you to park for the night. Nearby the Olympic National Park and Forest you’ll find the Log Cabin RV and Campground as well as the Sol Duc Hot Springs RV and Campground. While you’ll be sleeping close to nature, you’re still close to the park, local amenities, and fun stuff to do.
Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort
Sol Duc Hot Springs Resorts is close to nature and relaxation.
The Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort offers guests a picturesque place to stay with rustic cabins surrounded by towering evergreens and bordering the Sol Duc River. During your stay, be sure to save time for a dip in the hot springs, which are currently open only to guests of the resort.