My name is Eddie, and I have been hiking and trekking for many years. Olympic National Park is one of my top hiking destinations because of its diverse landscape, including the Pacific coastline, alpine areas, temperate forests, and dryer ones. Therefore, you can explore different regions within one large park.
There is a variety of things to do in the park, but most people come here for hiking or trekking. The entrance fee to Olympic National park costs $15 per person, and it is valid for seven days. However, I recommend going for the Annual pass that costs only $55. Opt for it if you are a hiking enthusiast because there’s so much to explore in Olympic National Park.
Also, note that if you go trekking, you will have to pay a wilderness camping fee ($8 per person per night). Alternatively, you can camp at one of the campgrounds in the park, but it will cost from $15 to $22 depending on the location and the season.
Olympic National Park is worth visiting at any time of the year, but you need to pack different items when going hiking in the spring or summer compared to a winter trip. Therefore, I have prepared two separate lists for the warm and the cold season. You can use my tips while packing for a trip to Olympic National Park.
Olympic National Park Packing List: Items You Need in Spring or Summer
There are essential things that you need to include in the Olympic national park backpacking list when going hiking in the spring and summer. Below are the items you should not forget to take with you:back to menu ↑
You need a lightweight and waterproof backpack for a pleasant hiking experience. The bag should have a well-thought-out design so that you to reach any item you need quickly. Most hiking backpacks have four access points, including top, bottom, front, and size for your convenience. Also, I recommend looking for a backpack that has side compartments for keeping your water bottles at hand.back to menu ↑
Many people find it challenging to decide on what to wear to Olympic National Park in the warm season. Here are my recommendations on clothing to wear and take with you to Olympic National Park:
A lightweight sweatshirt
Two sports bras (for women)
Raincoat and coat
Personal Hygiene Items
When considering what to pack for the Olympic National Park, do not forget personal hygiene items. Below are the essential things to include in your packing list:
- Tissue paper
- A hand sanitizer
- A sunscreen
Here are the additional items you need for comfortable hiking or trekking in the warm season.
If you are planning to go trekking, it means that you will be staying overnight in Olympic National Park. No matter if you decide on wilderness camping or staying at one of the established campgrounds, make sure to take these necessities with you:
A sleeping bag
A sleeping pad
What to bring to the Olympic National Park in the Winter
Winter hiking comes a bit different and complicated compared to hiking in the warm season. Therefore, your Olympic National Park backpacking list for the winter should include some extra items, which can ensure your warmth and comfort during the whole trip. Here is a comprehensive list of the things you should pack for winter hiking or trekking:back to menu ↑
As you will be carrying some extra items with you in the winter, consider taking a slightly larger backpack. A winter bag also needs to be highly durable, especially if you plan to go trekking and take the equipment for overnight stay.back to menu ↑
The main difference in packing lists for hiking in the summer and winter and the number of clothing you need to wear and pack with you.
For the cold season, you need to wear more warm clothes that can protect you from low temperatures.
A hiking jacket
Waterproof snow pants
Waterproof hiking boots
A moisture-wicking shirt
Extra Olympic National Park Hiking Gear
Winter Trekking Equipment
If you are planning to stay overnight, make sure to take all the necessary equipment for a comfortable sleepover in the winter.
A sleeping bag
A sleeping pad
Summing Up the Recommendations for Visiting Olympic National Park
If you are thinking of going hiking in Olympic National Park, I profoundly recommend visiting this place at any time of the year. Both in the warm and cold season, this park offers a lot of beautiful views and outstanding landscapes to discover.
In this article, I have provided two detailed lists of what to pack when going to Olympic National Park in the summer and winter. Do you want to add any items to the lists above? Have you ever visited Olympic National Park? Share your favorite places in Olympic National Park with me. If you are going hiking there for the first time, make sure to keep the tips mentioned above when packing for your trip.