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hey folks, what a way to start the new year, a trip to the rain forest.I am visiting seattle , from NY and on jan 1st my sis and i are going to olympic nat forest, does anyone have suggestions about which part to go to? i would love to see and or jump in some hot springs, hike for half the day and not get eaten by a cougar. help a city boy with any suggestions? e-mail

Sol Duc Hot Springs is nice...unfortuneatly it's closed during winters, There is Olympic Hot Springs up the Elwha River Valley which you just hike to, so therefore it is open year round. The trail up the Elwha is nice as well, but if you want the best forest valley, head up the Hoh River on the West side of Olympic Park.