6 Beautiful Lakes to Explore in Olympic National Park

Discover an endless supply of lakeside views.

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Whether it’s gliding across the lake on a kayak, taking a guided boat tour, or sticking to the trail on a hike, you’re going to fall in love with these alpine lakes in Olympic National Park. Make a long weekend out of it and stay at the Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort for a few nights and every adventure will be followed up by a soak in the mineral hot springs and a tasty meal. We're all for roughing it, but let's be honest, that sounds pretty nice, right? Right. Check out some of our favorite lakes to explore across the park and plan your trip now!

Adventure by Rose Freeman

Lake Crescent is an ideal spot to rent a kayak and launch yourself right out of the Log Cabin Resort. Once you’ve spent enough time on the lake, return the kayak, and lounge on the beach.

Adventure by Gaby Colletta

This short hike brings you to a secluded lake surrounded by firs, wildflowers, and even some wildlife. It’s a tucked away spot that will provide you with some much needed quiet time.

Adventure by Rose Freeman

This hike is a great opportunity to see a waterfall 1.6 miles in. After stopping off to enjoy the roaring waters, you’ll want to carry on to Deer Lake for a total of 5.6 miles.

Adventure by Nick Lake

Make this a day hike or, as we recommend, backpack overnight to Lake Angeles for a few days of nature among the firs.

Adventure by Tara Warolin

We love taking the hike to Upper Lena Lake for some peace and quiet. You’ll get to pass Lena Lake and enjoy the views of Mt. Bretherton too!

Adventure by Holly Singh

For a classic summer spot, take a dip in Lake Cushman. Chill on the shoreline or grab a paddle board. 


Cover photo: Nick Lake

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

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