Olympic National Park guide

Plan your trip to the giant trees and gorgeous beaches of Washington

Top wow spots of Olympic National Park

From glacier-carved lakes to lush rain forests, here is a constellation of views that no other national park can match

The Olympic Mountains and Crescent Lake
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The Olympic Mountains and Crescent Lake

This glacially-carved lake, hidden among the northern foothills of the Olympic Mountains, offers plenty of day activities and stunning natural beauty. Its waters present clear views almost 60 feet deep. It is the only place where rare Beardslee “blueback” trout live. Rent a rod (and a canoe) from Lake Crescent Lodge to hook a closer look. Pole rental $8/half-day, canoes from $20/hour; olympicnationalparks.com.

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