Olympic Mountains Aerial

Rising nearly 8,000 feet, Mount Olympus, top center, and its sister peaks in Olympic National Park govern weather. When sodden ocean air blows in, the mountains force it to high elevations where it cools, releasing moisture: more than 200 inches of precipitation--mostly snow--a year.<br />
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The Olympics are some of the youngest mountains on earth- -thrust up from the sea only 35 million years ago. They are still rising. Seven glaciers formed around 2500 years ago that continue to shape Mt. Olympus. Olympic is one of the wildest places remaining in the contiguous U.S. and is protected by the Wilderness Act of 1964.