A Splash of Adventure: Exploring the Breathtaking Waterfalls of Olympic National Park

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Where can I see Waterfalls at Olympic National Park?

The Olympic Peninsula is a haven for waterfall enthusiasts, and with careful planning, you can conquer some of Olympic National Park’s most iconic falls and a scenic mountain peak in a single day trip: Madison Falls, Marymere Falls, Sol Duc Falls, and Striped Peak Falls. Each offers a unique perspective on the peninsula’s untamed beauty.

Morning Mist at Madison Falls

Start your day early to catch the morning mist dancing at Madison Falls. This is the easiest waterfall to access, with a short, paved path leading directly to the viewing platform. The Elwha River cascades down a moss-covered rock face, creating a picture-perfect scene. Since the trail is less than 0.1 miles round trip, you can linger here and enjoy the fresh morning air before continuing your journey.

Striped Peak Falls: A Local Favorite with Coastal Views

For a slightly more adventurous start, consider tackling Striped Peak Falls first. Located near Salt Creek Recreation Area, this 5-mile round trip hike offers stunning views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca alongside the waterfall itself. The trail winds through towering Douglas firs before reaching the summit, where you’ll be rewarded with panoramic vistas of the coastline and surrounding forests. Be sure to factor in travel time between Striped Peak and the other falls on your itinerary.

Marymere Falls: A Short Hike with a Big Reward

Next, head to Marymere Falls, located near Lake Crescent. The trail to the falls is a moderate 1.5-mile round trip hike with a slightly steeper incline towards the end. But the effort is rewarded with a stunning view of the 90-foot waterfall plummeting into a clear pool. Keep an eye out for ferns and other lush vegetation blanketing the forest floor, a hallmark of the Olympic Peninsula’s temperate rainforest.

Sol Duc Falls: A Majestic Finale

Save the crown jewel for last. Sol Duc Falls is a 1.6-mile round trip hike with minimal elevation gain. The trail winds through old-growth forest before culminating at a viewing platform that offers a breathtaking panorama of the 83-foot waterfall. Unlike the other two falls, Sol Duc allows you to observe the cascading water from above, providing a different perspective.

Tips for a Successful Day Trip

  • Pack for the weather. The Olympic Peninsula is known for its rain, so bring waterproof gear and sturdy shoes.
  • Bring plenty of water and snacks. While the hikes are short, staying hydrated is important.
  • Be aware of wildlife encounters. You might spot deer, elk, or even marmots on your hikes.
  • Leave no trace. Practice responsible eco-tourism by packing out all your trash and respecting the natural environment.

Bonus: Follow the sound to find our hidden waterfall in the woodland garden just steps outside your room when you stay at Domaine Madeleine.

By following this itinerary, you can experience the contrasting beauty of three magnificent waterfalls in a single day. Prepare to be mesmerized by the power and serenity of nature on this unforgettable Olympic Peninsula adventure. Domaine Madeleine boutique hotel is your luxury base camp to the entire Olympic National Park and surrounding areas.


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We’ve put together these day trip itineraries to help you get the most out of your visit. The Olympic Peninsula is one of the few places on earth where you can visit 3 major biomes – alpine tundra, temperate rainforest, and coastal beach – all in a single day. We’ll show you how.