Olympic National Park Hiking Tour
|Tour Cost: $2,300
(includes all lodging, all meals, Timberline van shuttles from Seattle to Kalaloch prior to tour and from Port Angeles to Seattle following tour, park entrance fees, leaders, trail maps & narratives)
Olympic National Park, situated in the heart of the Olympic Peninsula at land’s end in the northwestern corner of Washington, dominated by the towering glacier-capped peaks of the Olympic Range, stands as one of the last genuine wilderness regions in the “lower 48.” Much of the park can only be accessed on foot and the park’s 600 miles of trails are proof that the Olympics are a hiker’s fantasyland.
An important element contributing to the fascination of Olympic National Park is the astounding diversity embraced within its boundaries. From the Pacific beaches of Kalaloch through the rain forests of Quinault and the Hoh River, along the thunderous Rivers—the Elwha, Bogachiel, Quinault—that carve spectacular deep gorges, to the soaring snowclad summits of Mount Olympus and the Bailey Range, Olympic National Park offers an extraordinary adventure hiking opportunity.
It is this remarkable diversity that we hope to capture in the course of our Olympic National Park Hiking Tour. We’ll assemble early morning of Day 1 in Seattle and van shuttle to Kalaloch on the windswept beaches of the Pacific. We’ll have the full afternoon to explore the tide pools and fascinating rock formations along the beach and then spend the night oceanside (4 miles).
On Day 2, we’re headed toward land’s end near the peninsula’s northwestern tip. We’ll spend this day exploring Washington’s wild wilderness coast, whose pounding surf is surpassed in violence only by that of Tierra Del Fuego along the entirety of the Pacific shoreline. Add to that the wide beaches, needle-like stacks of rock, and abundant marine wildlife, all of which conspire to create a never-to-be-forgotten coastal experience (9 miles). We’ll then van shuttle to Forks (filming of the Twilight movies), where we’ll spend the evening.
Day 3 will be devoted to the Hoh Rain Forest and a moderate valley trek along the Hoh River deep into this magnificent forest of giant hemlocks, cedar, spruce, fir and maple. We’ll hike to Happy Four Camp before returning to our trailhead at the Hoh Visitor Center (11 miles). It’s then off to the Sol Duc Valley and the Sol Duc Resort, arriving early enough to enjoy a good soak in the resort’s hot springs pool.
Early morning of Day 4, we’ll shuttle to the end of the Sol Duc Road and hike above Sol Duc to Sol Duc Falls and beyond to the Bogachiel Trail. We’ll skirt the shoreline of Deer Lake and continue along the slopes of Bogachiel Peak. As we emerge onto Bogachiel’s southern slope, mighty Mt. Olympus dominates the southern horizon. Trail conditions permitting, we’ll climb to the craggy summit of the High Divide before returning to our trailhead (16 miles).
Following a second night at Sol Duc, we’re off to the Elwha Valley on Day 5. We’ll initially hike along the mighty Elwha, occasionally climbing well above the boiling river as it plunges dramatically to the Pacific. We’ll descend into Rica Canyon and Krause Bottom to the remains of Hume’s Ranch before completing our loop at Whiskey Bend (7 miles). We’re then headed to Port Angeles for our final night.
No early flights on our final day because we have a full day planned in the alpine reaches of Hurricane Ridge. From the Hurricane Ridge, we’ll hike above the trees to Hurricane Hill, with its sweeping views of the snowclad peaks of the Bailey Range. We may also venture out to Obstruction Point for more above-timberline alpine excitement, or settle for the tamer, but no less beautiful Klahhane Ridge (6 miles). Ultimately, we will have to leave this wonderland for our return to Seattle where the Olympic National Park Hiking Tour concludes.
|Day 1||Group assembles in Sea-Tac area; van shuttle from Sea-Tac to Kalaloch; hike the beach and tide pools at Kalaloch||5 miles|
|Day 2||Ozette Lake Loop; overnight in Forks||9 miles|
|Day 3||Hoh Rain Forest; overnight at Sol duc Resort||10 miles|
|Day 4||Mink Lake, Sol Duc Falls, Bogachiel drainage – High Divide; overnight at Sol Duc Resort||12 miles|
|Day 5||Whiskey Bend – Elwha Valley – Rica Canyon – Hume’s Ranch; overnight in Port Angeles||7 miles|
|Day 6||Hurricane Ridge – Hurricane Hill – Klahhane Ridge. Van shuttle return to Seattle||6 miles|
Total Hiking Mileage - 49 miles