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Visitors can discover a hidden world in Olympic National Park’s tidepools

Tidepools are left from retreating waves on the shoreline and are home to hundreds of colorful marine species normally hidden in the ocean. The most popular tidepools are at Kalaloch’s Beach 4 and Ruby Beach. During low tide, visitors can explore a diverse ecosystem filled with anemones, starfish and other creatures, creating an enchanting underwater world. In the summer, park scientists hike to the tidepools before dawn to work at the lowest tides. Although visitors don’t need to wake up quite as early, they should always be aware of returning tides, follow tidepool etiquette and respect all marine life.

Olympic’s Hoh Rain Forest receives over 12 feet of rain a year

The Hoh Rain Forest is one of few remaining temperate rain forests in the United States. Heavy rainfall and cool summers contribute to the rainforest’s abundance of natural life including grazing elk, massive conifers and over 130 species of mosses, lichens and ferns. Plant life blankets everything -- from the tree-top canopy to moss-covered ground. Park goers can hike the Hoh River Trail or stay in the Hoh Rain Forest’s campground and let the sounds of nature sing them to sleep.


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