Olympic Peninsula and the Coast
Washington’s Olympic Peninsula juts up like a thumb hitchhiking a ride from Canada. This diverse 6,500-square-mile landmass ranges from remote rocky beaches to subalpine meadows, from majestic glacier-faced mountains to spooky rainforests. One of the most remarkable parts of the state, the Olympic Peninsula has a rugged and wild beauty that embodies the spirit of the Evergreen State as much as any place in Washington.
The beating heart of the peninsula is Olympic National Park, an unspoiled forest rich with old growth trees, wildlife, and awe-inspiring vistas. Beyond the park, the peninsula lives by the chainsaw, with lumber still providing paychecks for local residents. Tree farms abound, many with signs indicating when they were last cut and when the next round of logging will take place. The large trucks hauling massive cut logs are a common sight.
© Ericka Chickowski from Moon Washington, 8th edition