April 1 - May 31 the North Olympic Library System will partner with Olympic National Park to offer a fourth season of Poetry Walks, four self-guided walks on trails featuring poetry in the landscape. Poems will be placed on signs in multiple locations along four trails in Olympic National Park; the Hall of Mosses Trail, the Living Forest Trail, the Madison Falls Trail, and the Peabody Creek Trail. Poetry will not be placed along the Spruce Railroad Trail this year because of ongoing construction related to the Olympic Discovery trail expansion. With the exception of the Hall of Mosses Trail, all trails can be accessed without paying fees.
Poets featured along the trails include Emily Brontë, Carlos Castaneda, Shel Silverstein, Gary Snyder and many more. If you find yourself inspired to write a poem or take a photo while on a Poetry Walk, share it with NOLS on Facebook.
The Hall of Mosses Trail is a 0.8 mile loop trail that passes through bigleaf maples and Sitka spruces covered in vibrant green and brown mosses. The Hall of Mosses Trail begins near the Hoh Rainforest Visitor Center, which regular park entrance fees must be paid to access.
The Living Forest Trail and Peabody Creek Trail both begin at the Olympic National Park Visitor Center in Port Angeles and offer pleasant 0.5 mile loops. In the spring, skunk cabbage, a native plant found along streams and other wet areas of the woods, blooms and provides vibrant color (and possibly scent) along the trails.
The Madison Creek Falls Trail is located in the Elwha Valley and parking is located right off of Olympic Hot Springs Road immediately before the national park pay station. The paved trail is 200 feet to the base of the beautiful Madison Falls.
More information about all of the trails and areas of Olympic National Park can be found at the links below or by visiting the
Olympic National Park website.
The timing of the NOLS Poetry Walks isn’t completely coincidental. April is National Poetry Month and National Park Week takes place April 15 through 23. During National Poetry Month, several poetry-related events will be occurring at the Port Angeles Main Library, and during the opening weekend of National Park week, admission to all areas of Olympic National Park-including Hurricane Ridge-is free during the weekend.
Interested in exploring Olympic National Park more? Check out an Explore Olympic daypack!