Hiking the Spruce Railroad Trail on Lake Crescent

HIKING in Port Angeles & the Olympic National Park

Let’s hike! The Port Angeles area – just outside the Olympic National Park – was made for hiking. From the Pacific Ocean beaches to the mountains and everything in between, there’s a route and a view for everyone. Head up into a deep forest trail during a gorgeous sunrise or pick a destination on a beach that will give you an unobstructed view west as the sun settles stunningly beneath the horizon.

Fortunately, whatever the level of hiking skill, there are so many options within Port Angeles itself or within miles to a trailhead. There are trails that are just right for the kids or those who just want a casual — and short — stroll; there are trails that welcome the dog; there are trails rated easy, moderate and hard; there are trails that take you above the clouds (hello Hurricane Ridge!) or high into forests and to cascading waterfalls, or trails that bring you down to a deserted beach. And, the views are spectacular practically every place you go so don’t forget your camera and to share your photos with us using #VisitPortAngeles.

Check back often as we highlight more of our favorite Olympic National Park and Peninsula hikes!

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Find a Guided Hiking Tour

  • ExperienceOlympic

    Experience Olympic is an ecotourism company providing guided tours and treks in the Olympic National Park and the surrounding Olympic Peninsula, including Hurricane Ridge, the Elwha River, Hoh Rainforest and beach tours. Operated by biologist and naturalist guide Carolyn Wilcox, she will pick you up Learn More

  • ISO Adventures

    ISO Adventures offers a variety of guided backpacking and mountaineering trips to some of the most beautiful places in the Olympic National Park. They even have guided day hikes for those who don’t want to commit to an overnight, multi-day hiking experience. A few of their guided hikes take you Learn More

  • Adventures Through Kayaking

    What once was just a kayaking tour company, Adventures Through Kayaking expanded their guided tours to include mountain biking, standup paddleboarding (SUP), rafting trips and, of course, saltwater and freshwater kayaking tours. If you’d prefer to head out on your own, they also rent paddleboar Learn More

  • Olympic Hiking Co.

    Olympic Hiking Co. offers several full-day and half-day guided tours for singles and groups throughout the Olympic Peninsula. Some of the tours include the Hoh Rainforest, Hurricane Ridge, Sol Duc Falls, and even a trip starting from Seattle at the Bainbridge Island Ferry terminal. Learn More