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Olympic Inn-based Tour

Highlights

  • 3 unique area of Olympic
  • Rugged coastlines, alpine vistas & rainforests
  • Accommodations & meals at historic lodges
  • Amazing natural & cultural history
  • World class Makah Museum with 500-year old artifacts

Description

This tour is an opportunity to experience the very best that the Olympic Peninsula has to offer, with a perfect balance of challenge and comfort. From high alpine ridges and wildflower-studded meadows to dramatic waterfalls; from moss-draped giant trees to rugged beaches...this trip has it all. And to top it off, we’ll stay in a historic National Park lodge on beautiful Lake Crescent.
Day by day highlights include a ridge traverse 5,500 feet above sea level, a long but moderate coastal hike to Shi Shi beach, one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, and finally a hike through the famous Hoh Rainforest, with some of the largest and oldest trees in Washington.
Give us a call at 800-715-HIKE (4453) to learn more or start planning your trip!
Click here to have a detailed PDF information packet emailed to you, or request a reservation today. You can also call us at 800-715-HIKE.

 

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Trip Itinerary

Day 1

Shuttle to the trailhead: 3 hours
Hiking Mileage: 5.2 miles
Elevation Gain/Loss: 1000 feet
Accommodations: Lake Crescent Lodge (or similar equivalent)


This Olympic National Park hiking tour begins with pick up at your hotel in Olympia. Our first day features a scenic drive out to the Olympic Peninsula and then a hike along the alpine wonderland of Hurricane Ridge.

To start we’ll take a ferry and drive past the scenic islands and waterways of Washington’s Puget Sound, before reaching Port Angeles and climbing up to Hurricane Ridge. After soaking up the views from the Visitor’s Center, we’ll leave the crowds behind and follow Klahane Ridge out towards Mount Angeles. On a clear day, to our north, we can see across the Straits of Juan de Fuca to Vancouver Island and beyond. To our east is the snowy cap of Mount Baker rising from the North Cascades, and to our south the glaciated Mount Olympus, with alpine wildflowers in the foreground of every view.

After ample playtime in these extraordinary mountains, we’ll drive back down to sea level and to our lodging at Lake Crescent Lodge, a century-old hotel filled with charm and history. Showers and beds await, as well as opportunities for shorter hikes just out the back door. Or you can just lounge and enjoy the lakefront view! We’ll dine at the Lodge's wonderful restaurant tonight.


Day 2

Shuttle to trailhead: 30 minutes
Hiking Mileage: 6-8 miles
Elevation Gain/Loss: 200 feet
Accommodations: Lake Crescent Lodge (or similar equivalent)


On day 2, after a hearty breakfast at the lodge, we’ll head west towards Neah Bay and the Makah Reservation. After parking near our trailhead, we’ll descend through coastal forests for two miles until we reach Shi Shi Beach, one of the most dramatic and beautiful beaches that Washington has to offer. Pounding waves, rugged cliffs, and towering sea stacks await, as well as tidal pools filled with life.

We'll soak up sweeping views and intimate tidal pools crawling with sea creatures as we continue southward towards the Point of Arches. Your guide will serve you a gourmet lunch on the beach and, eventually we will bid farewell to the ocean and head back to the vehicle. On our way back we’ll have a chance to stop by the famous Makah Museum and learn more about the cultural history of the Makah people. Afterwards we’ll hop back in the vehicle and head East again.

If weather permits, we'll enjoy a sunset dinner on the beach tonight, prepared by your guide. If the rain and wind pick up, on the other hand, we’ll head back to our warm and cozy lodge to clean up for wonderful restaurant dinner.


Day 3

Shuttle to trailhead: 1 hour
Hiking Mileage: 4-7 miles
Elevation Gain/Loss: minimal
Shuttle to Olympia: 3 hours


On day 3 we’ll say farewell to our lodge, load up our bags, and head southwest towards the famous Hoh Rainforest. With over 140 inches of rain per year, this is one of the nation’s largest temperate rainforests, and includes ancient trees towering up to 300 feet in height, moss-draped nurse logs, incredible biodiversity, and abundant wildlife.

We’ll hike up the wild Hoh River and explore all that the rainforest has to offer. Elk, deer, black bears, bald eagles, the fascinating banana slugs, and more await us as we investigate this incredible landscape. Immense cushions of moss absorb sounds, contributing to the Hoh River’s title as "The Quietest Place in the U.S."

When we’ve had our fill of hiking, and of one last gourmet trail lunch, we’ll make our way back to the trailhead and head further west. Our return drive to Olympia will take us on scenic Highway 101 along the coastal section of Olympic National Park, providing some final views of the Pacific Ocean before turning east. We’ll drop you back at your hotel in Olympia, having circumnavigated the entire Olympic Peninsula and explored the best it has to offer!


Please Note: We always do everything in our power to follow the set itinerary, however it can change occasionally based on temporary park restrictions, campsite availability, weather, road closures, guest ability/injury, and natural events like fires and flooding.

Trip Details

What's Included

  • 2 nights of lodging (double occupancy) at Lake Crescent Lodge (or similar equivalent)
  • Top-of-the-line daypack and trekking poles
  • All meals are included from breakfast the first day through lunch on the last day
  • A professional, knowledgeable, certified Olympic National Park hiking guide
  • Roundtrip transportation from your hotel in Olympia, Washington to Olympic National Park and back
  • Entrance fees and national park permits
  • Emergency equipment including a company-issued first-aid kit and satellite phone
  • You will receive a Lifetime Hiking Membership entitling you, your spouse and kids to a lifetime discount of 10% off any Wildland Trekking hiking trip after your first one!

What's Not Included

  • Clothes, raingear, and footwear
  • Sunscreen, toiletries and personal items
  • Water bottles and a headlamp or flashlight
  • Guide gratuity (industry recommendation is 10-20% of trip cost)
See the Packing Lists page for more information.


Meals: What To Expect

We provide all your meals from breakfast the first day through lunch the last day. Your guide will prepare breakfasts and lunches with a variety of hot and cold meals that are appropriate for the day's activities. Feel free to tell us about your food preferences, as we're more than happy to tailor the menu to your needs/desires. For dinners, we'll visit local restaurants you're sure to enjoy!


Gear We Provide

We provide all group gear which includes the following:
  • Deuter or Osprey backpacks
  • Leki or Black Diamond trekking poles
  • Company-issued first-aid kit
  • Satellite phone


What Gear To Bring

We ask that you supply a couple of gear items on your hiking tour. These items are two 1-liter water bottles per person and basic items like sunscreen, bug repellent (where and when applicable), lip balm, and toiletries are also important. All of these items are available online at Wildland Trekking Outfitters.


What Clothes to Bring

Please refer to the trip packet for a recommended clothing list (we email you a detailed trip packet when you inquire and when you register). All trips require a sturdy pair of hiking shoes or hiking boots (reliable brands include Montrail, Lowa, Merrell, Vasque, and Salomon), rain gear, and non-cotton and cotton clothing layers. A minimum of three pairs of wool or synthetic hiking socks are also required. All of these items are available online at Wildland Trekking Outfitters.

NOTE: See the Packing Lists page for more detailed information on what clothes and gear to bring on your hiking tour. The trip packet you receive when you contact us will have the most accurate clothing and gear list for the tour you're interested in.

Trip Logistics

How do I Register?

Ready to hike? Simply click here and complete the form to get the ball rolling. Our adventure consultants will confirm availability, and if you're ready to register we'll email you a link to a registration profile. You'll have 48 hours to complete your profile (and that of any dependents) and pay the deposit ($500).

Feel free to call us for more info - we're here 7 days a week!


Where Do We Meet?

This trip originates in Olympia, Washington. Your guide will be in contact approximately 10 days before the trip start date to coordinate the pre-trip orientation, which will be at 5:00 PM at the Hotel RL Olympia (we recommend staying here as well - mention you're hiking with us and get a discounted rate as low as $99, 360-943-4000). If you're staying at the Governor Hotel (our other recommended hotel, 20% discount), we're happy to pick you up for the orientation. Your guide will then pick you up at your hotel the next morning for transport to the trailhead.

Check out our Travel Resources page for information on flights, shuttles, lodging and more.


Start/End Times

Your guide will inform you of the first day's pick-up time at the orientation meeting. Generally, you can expect it to be between 5 and 8 am, although the exact time will depend on current weather and road conditions. We will drop you off at your hotel on the final day no later than 7 PM.


Safety Considerations

Your safety is our top priority. Our hiking tours are led by professional hiking guides, all of whom are wilderness-certified first responders or EMT's, each with years of guiding and wilderness experience. We've developed comprehensive risk management protocols that our guides adhere to in case of an emergency, and most tours carry a satellite phone. If you have any further questions about safety, please contact us at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) for more information.


Guides

Your tour will be led by a trained, experienced professional with a solid guiding background, years of personal wilderness and hiking experience, medical certifications, and a passion for leading people into breathtaking landscapes. Check out our Meet Our Team page for staff bios.


Group Size and Age Restrictions

The standard group size on this trip is 6 guests and 1 guide, with a maximum of 10 guests and 2 guides. If you have more questions about group size, please give us a call at 800-715-HIKE (4453) and we'll answer all your questions.

Age restrictions are as follows:
  • 12 and older to join scheduled tours (mixed groups)
  • 5 and older to join private tours, with final approval and specific logistical requirements (such as porter or stock assist) determined on a case by case basis


Weather in Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park covers a dramatic diversity of terrain from seashores to rainforests to alpine peaks and glaciers. The weather will be largely dependent on which trip you sign up for and which ecosystem you will be hiking in. Read below for average high and low temperatures in different parts of Olympic National Park:

Average Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
         
 
Month
Coast
Mountains
 
 
hi
low
Precip
hi
low
Precip
 
 
June
66°
47°
3.8 in
53°
36°
3.9 in
 
 
July
70°
50°
2.8 in
62°
42°
2.1 in
 
 
August
72°
50°
2.8 in
63°
43°
2.2 in
 
 
September
69°
47°
4.4 in
57°
39°
4.7 in
 
 
October
42°
59°
11 in
47°
32°
8.5 in