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Olympic National Park,Washington

The park sprawls across several different ecosystems, from the dramatic peaks of the Olympic Mountains to old-growth forests

Olympic National Park,Washington
FORDF250HDXLT, Apr 10, 2017
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      From the hunter who took down a mastodon with his spear 12,000 years ago near present-day Sequim, to the whaling villages along the coast of Ozette, to the families that traveled through the Olympic Mountains to visit relatives in neighboring villages; archaeological evidence indicates that people used all of the area encompassed by Olympic National Park. The Olympic peninsula is a place interwoven with cultural and historic sites that tell the human story of the park.

      Long before Euro-Americans arrived to the peninsula, American Indians were inhabiting the area, living mostly along coasts and river mouths. Three treaties extinguished their land titles, and the vast lands were opened to settlement and development by Euro-Americans. The Olympic Peninsula was America's last frontier of westward expansion in the contiguous 48 states.

      Promises of free land and agricultural opportunities brought Euro-Americans to the Olympic Peninsula. By the 1850s, settlement of coastal areas and lowlands had begun and four Indian reservations were established at the mouths of coastal rivers - the Makah, Quillayute, Hoh, and Quinault.

      Though American Indians already had a deep knowledge and connection with the land, it was not until the closing years of the 19th century that a documented Euro-American exploration penetrated the Olympic Mountains. They traveled by way of the major river channels on both the east and west sides of the peninsula.

      Life was hard and the establishment of the Olympic Forest Reserve persuaded a great deal of the homesteaders to move elsewhere. By 1919 few traces of Euro-American settlement history within the present-day Olympic National Park remained.

      People - Olympic National Park (U.S. National Park Service)

      With its incredible range of precipitation and elevation, diversity is the hallmark of Olympic National Park. Encompassing nearly a million acres, the park protects a vast wilderness, thousands of years of human history, and several distinctly different ecosystems, including glacier-capped mountains, old-growth temperate rain forests, and over 70 miles of wild coastline. Come explore!

      Olympic National Park (U.S. National Park Service)

      Olympic National Park is a United States national park located in the state of Washington, on the Olympic Peninsula.[3] The park has four basic regions: the Pacific coastline, alpine areas, the west side temperate rainforest and the forests of the drier east side.[4] Within the park there are three distinct ecosystems which are sub-alpine forest and wildflower meadow, temperate forest, and the rugged Pacific Shore. These three different ecosystems are in pristine condition and have outstanding scenery.[5]

      U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt originally created Mount Olympus National Monument on 2 March 1909.[6][7] It was designated a national park by President Franklin Roosevelt on June 29, 1938. In 1976, Olympic National Park was designated by UNESCO as an International Biosphere Reserve, and in 1981 as a World Heritage Site. In 1988, Congress designated 95 percent of the park as the Olympic Wilderness.[8][9]

      There are several roads in the park, but none penetrate far into the interior. The park features a network of hiking trails, although the size and remoteness means that it will usually take more than a weekend to get to the high country in the interior. The sights of the rain forest, with plants run riot and dozens of hues of green, are well worth the possibility of rain sometime during the trip, although months of July, August and September frequently have long dry spells.

      Olympic National Park - Wikipedia

      A bit too wet for my taste.I was prepared for cold but there's only so much you can do in a tent,even with a tarp.That dampness just penetrates everything.I was glad to see these parks over this way but just as content to say goodbye.



      Here in this park,I got to hike in and step foot on America's westernmost point of her mainland.Here,you need to hike in 3 miles to reach it.Unlike in Maine,at the easternmost point,there is nothing in here to notify it's visitors about the end of this trail being America's westernmost mainland point.I had to look it up online to know where to go.Had I not already visited the easternmost point,I probably wouldn't have seeked out this western point.

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      To see the easternmost point,click here:

      Quoddy Head State Park,Lubec,Maine

      How many people do you know,who have stood on both, the Eastern and Westernmost points of America's mainland? How many people have done it? Do you think I could be the first and perhaps only? Will you do it next?
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