Submit Comment on Olympic Peninsula Trails

Maintaining the trails regularly in the Olympic National Park and Forest is very important. Without this maintenance a hike simply would not be possible with minimal effort. Want to learn more? Simply just leave the trail for 50 feet and you will soon learn how important these vital systems are!

A good portions of the foot paths on the peninsula are located in dense rainforest valleys. This means it does not take long for them to get overgrown by brush and littered with windfall (tree blowdowns). Hundreds of hours of manpower is necessary and is needed to keep the Olympic Mountains preserved for the next generation.

Let your voice be heard! Report the quality of your favorite trail below!



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Hiker wanders through overgrown trail in Olympic National Park

(TV Show) "Alone" Survival Gear List

The survivor reality series Alone is a television show on History Channel. The episodes feature 10 individuals that attempt to outlast each other for a cash prize. Each male or female is isolated from each other and all human contact. It's rather like watching a trainwreck!

Survival Gear Used on the Show


The participants are allowed to chose from a pre-established master gear list. This list is similar to the 10 essentials used for hiking, but a lot more cumbersom for dramatic affect and foriging for food. Taking the minimalist approach would definitely be beneficial to the individual, in my opinion. Carrying a heavy backpack off-trail through the brush, is not fun, I know this to be fact.


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Alone in the Olympic Mountains

Kids (Baby) Hiking Gear List

Headed out the door with your family? Taking the kids for a hike? Local trails are a perfect place to teach your children the benefits of nature. These are some things that have worked for me and my kids in the woods. Consider this a base list, you will want to customize your own variations after time. This is awesome hiking gear for your next adventure in wet pacific northwest. I hope this inspire you to get outside!

Always check the weather forecast before headed outdoors!



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Baby in Olympic National Park




Abandoned Trails of Olympic: Litchy Creek

The abandoned Litchy Creek Trail starts near the Graves Creek Campground. The old trail runs in the Quinault river drainage and has been abandoned for a few decades. There has not been maintance on it since before I've been alive. You can find this route on very old USGS maps.

We found signs of old cross cut logs. These trees have multiple inches of moss on them and are well rotted through, it appears they were cut before the Park was established.

Our journey lead us through some steep and brushy forest. It seems, a few years back a windstorm swept dozens of old growth trees down. This lead to thick undergrowth and lots of down wood to navigate. The whole trip was a good workout tho! This kind of country, made you really respect the Olympic Elk.



Lichy Creek
In the jungles of Quinault