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Olympic National Forest

Olympic National Forest is a beautiful dog-friendly forest in Olympia, WA. With the Olympic Mountains nestled in the center, the Olympic National Forest offers the unique opportunity to explore the only temperate rainforest in the lower 48. Visitors have the opportunity to experience the rushing rivers, coastal rain forests, alpine wildflowers and stunning views of the Puget Sound from mountain peaks. Lower Lena Lake Trail is a 7 mile out-and-back trail which attracts backpackers, campers, and day hikers. This beautiful trail takes hikers on a climb to Lake Lena. Dogs should be leashed on this busy route, and hikers can expect moderate switchbacks at this start of this trail. A recreation pass is required to park at the trailhead. Pet owners should note that dogs are not permitted on the trail to Upper Lake Lena. Visit Website

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Olympic National Forest has received a rating of 4.3 out of 5 bones by 7 canine critics on BringFido and 5.0 out of 5 by 612 guests on TripAdvisor.

  • Ioana
    Sep. 4, 2019
    National Forest is NOT National Park

    DO YOUR RESEARCH. Too many of these reviews complain about the awesome Olympic National Forest not allowing dogs. That is FALSE. This is governed by the USDA. Not to be confused with the Olympic National Park which is National Park Service. NATIONAL FOREST ALLOWS DOGS ON TRAILS. National Park does not except for a handful. So go check out some cool Olympic National Forest trails with your dogs.

  • Jessica
    Aug. 6, 2019
    Not bad if you do your research

    We hiked West Fork humptulips River and it was amazing for our water dogs. Lots of river Crossings and a beautiful well-maintained Trail. Only people we saw were two guys and their ponies who maintain the trail.

  • Paul
    More than a year ago
    National FOREST Awesome! National PARK, not so much

    Some people are getting confused, there is an Olympic National FOREST and PARK. The Forest surrounds the Park. The forest is dog friendly with many awesome adventures for our four legged friends.

    A secret favorite, in the summer try the Humptulips trail, it crosses the river many time and because its summer can be forded very easily (mid calf depth).

    The Park on the other hand is pretty much off limits, although dogs are allowed in some areas.

  • Brittany
    More than a year ago
    Not Too Dog Friendly

    Took a trip around the Olympic Peninsula, many of the attractions we took our dog to he was not allowed. Those included the National Parks, such as the Hoh Rain Forest, Lake Quinault's Rain Forest, many of the waterfall trails, and everything else inside the park. The rangers said anywhere a car can go the dog can go. So that is quite limited for the pup.
    Places like Forks, Lake Crescent, Lake Quilanalt, the beaches, Hurricane Ridge Visitors center and Cape Disappointment State park were more dog friendly. Cape Disappointment, furthest NW point of US, was a fun place to take the dog though. It was a short little trail our dog loved. Overall the Olympic Forest is not dog friendly, but along the beach and the lakes it is an achievable trip.

  • Karen
    More than a year ago
    Hikes for Dogs

    We just returned from the West/North side. We hiked with our dogs in the Olympic National Forest at Lake Quinault on the nature trails and Fletcher Creek Trail. We walked on the beaches at Kalaloch and were able to take a short walk on Rialto Beach and out to Cape Flattery - very scenic. At Crescent Lake we were able to walk 7 miles by going out and back on the Spruce Railroad Trail along the lake shore. We also walked the Peabody Trail by the Olympic National Park office. It is labeled as a short loop but there is an extension for a longer walk.

  • Wendy
    More than a year ago
    Dog-Friendly Trails - Olympic National Forest

    There are MANY dog-friendly trails all over the Olympic National forest. Dogs are allowed anywhere in the National forest, and just not allowed in the National Park. Our Alaskan Malamutes have been on most of the trails, including: Tubal Cain, Buckhorn Lake, Silver Lakes, Murhut Falls, and many more!

  • Julie
    More than a year ago
    Wouldn't recommend

    I wouldn't consider this to be a dog friendly location. Dogs are not allowed on trails at all, so unless you want to be in your car all day, they're really not well received. And if you want to explore the trails or other attractions, what then? Leave Fido in the car to bake? US National Parks are not "dog friendly", they are merely tolerant.

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