Also on these boards
Olympic Mountains, Washington by Sam Abell A heavy fog fills a valley in the Olympic Mountains of Washington State. Created from ancient seafloor, the mountains are not very high—Mount Olympus is only 8,000 feet (2,400 meters) above sea level—but they include more than 200 glaciers
One of the reasons WA has rain forests is because of the Olympic Mountains. They begin to rise nearly right off the coast. The clouds travel inward from the ocean and have too much water to make it over the mountains, so they dump all their rain on the west side of the Olympic mountains, creating the Hoh Rain Forest, where they get about 170 inches of rain annually.