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Hi there,

I'm thinking about taking a few short hikes in Olympic National Park the latter part of May this year.  Been there in August before and really enjoyed it.  I'm wondering about the weather in this time frame, especially as it pertains to rain.  I know these are the Olympics and it'll be wet - just looking for specifics as much as possible.  Any other comments or suggestions would be more than welcome.

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Probably helps to ask a local about current conditions but, as the mountains still had snow, we found the Olympic NP beach (starting from Ozette) to be a neat change of pace during Memorial Day 2004.  Tide tables, ropes, and checking out the tide pools was pretty cool for 4 days.  Got rained on daily .... some sprinkles, some real rain.  Going to the beach is a boardwalk, but then we would hit the beach and go a few miles to a campsite, turn around the other way, another campsite, etc.. and finally exit another boardwalk on our last day.  

Again, maybe someone over there knows of a current shuttle, but the drive from her parents in Seattle out to Forks was a bit since we had to check in at Hurricane Ridge via Port Angeles for our backcountry passes and Garcia canister.  Carcamped the first night.


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Depending on where you want to hike in May, there will still be a TON of snow in most areas.  Our snowpack is something like 140% of normal this year in the Olys!

There are a few lower elevation trails that would be snow free (or nearly so) that wouldn't require mad navigational skills in the snow or crampons, though.  The Elwha trail comes to mind, as do any of the beach hikes.

Let us locals know exactly WHEN you're going to be here...maybe we could meet up?


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Let us locals know exactly WHEN you're going to be here...maybe we could meet up?

If this trip pans out, I'll certainly keep that in mind.

Thanks for the insights.


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Also be aware that we have creek blowouts, floods and slides during this time and may be a little worse this year with that lovely snowpack melting. Depends on the temp and it can be a complete mess on the southwest end and totally fine on the northeast.  Check out the TR section of www.NWhikers.net for some good trail data.  

Some good hikes right now are the Elwah, the Bogachiel, the Hoh and the Sol Duc Resort just opened so you can go hike to the falls and the trail as it heads to Appleton Junction and finish the day with a good long soak in the hot tubs. The Spruce Railroad Trail goes around Lake Crescent and is a fun day hike, even when it is raining buckets.  On the East side, the Duckabush has been a fav of mine, but with the trail having gone up in smoke due to an unattended campfire a year and a half ago, I'm not sure what you'll find.
Anyway, bring raingear and enjoy the wetter side of things.  Stomp in a puddle or two.  It's fun!  :D
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Let us locals know exactly WHEN you're going to be here...maybe we could meet up?

If this trip pans out, I'll certainly keep that in mind.

Thanks for the insights.

Keep me posted too will ya'? I don't hike much with others, just no time, everyone lives so far from me, but I would love to get a good excuse to get away to the Oly's.  

If you would like, you can email me at fog_duo at yahoo dot com.  Or I am going to try and get more active in the forums again.  :)  Time allowing that is.


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