Wild Olympic Coast Traverse

Seattle, WA
5.0 (7 reviews)

Trip Highlights

  • Coastal Thru-Hike
  • Amazing Beach Camps
  • Marine Wildlife
  • Native Rock Art
  • Towering Sea Stacks
  • Lush Rainforests

Description

This Wild Olympic Coast backpacking trip in Olympic National Park offers an extremely unique opportunity to explore a dramatic coastal backcountry environment. It requires a flexible attitude and adventurous spirit and in return rewards guests with truly remarkable moments in stunning wilderness settings. We explore the edge of the United States on this rugged 4 day expedition through Washington’s coastal wilderness. We’ll hike past dramatic wave-carved rock spires, explore sea life in tidal pools, and traverse headlands at low tide.

This trip starts on the Makah Reservation in the furthest northwest corner of the continental US. We’ll weave our way through coastal forests until we reach the beach, and then traverse southward past ocean-carved arches, abundant sea-life, and rugged bluffs. These aren’t the sandy beaches of tropical dreams–these are the epic beaches of Washington. Driftwood fires will keep us warm at night, and we’ll let the tides dictate our schedule–sometimes we’ll scramble over boulders around the edge of a headland at low tide, other times we’ll take advantage of steep footpaths and ropes to climb up and over ridges in our way.

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$1600 Per Person
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Trip Type: Guided Backpacking Trip
Difficulty Level:
Solitude Level:
Group Size: 4-10 Guests
Trip Length: 4 Days
Distance: 19MI / 31KM

DIFFICULTY LEVEL 4

Scale of 1-5. 1 is least difficult; 5 is most difficult

SUMMARY OF DIFFICULTY
This trip has easy to moderate hiking distances and elevation gains/losses. What makes this trip Level 4 Difficulty is the terrain. Parts of this trip are on well-maintained trails, and some rugged stretches are off-trail across rocky beaches and steep overland crossings with ropes.

Hiking Distances:

3-6 mi

Backpack Weight:

35-45 lbs

Terrain:

Extremely Rugged

Max Daily Elev. ↑↓:

200 ft

Heights Exposure:

Significant

Please Note: Terrain, Elevation Gain and Heights Exposure ratings reflect the section or day of the trip with the maximum difficulty of each. Much of the trip is at easier levels. See the trip itinerary for more detailed information. Backpack Weight ratings are estimates that account for Wildland-provided gear, guest clothing, personal items and a share of group food. By packing light it’s often possible to stay on the lower end of the weight range. Pack weights also decrease during the trip.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS OF THIS TRIP

  • Hiking uphill or downhill with a 35-45 lb backpack for 6-8 hours
  • Maintaining balance and footing on extremely rugged terrain
  • Ascending steep slopes by hiking up while moving hand over hand up fixed ropes
* For an official and complete list of physical requirements, please see our Essential Eligibility Criteria.

SOLITUDE LEVEL 3

1 least solitude, 5 most solitude

We rate this Olympic National Park hike a solitude 3. You can expect hours of solitude at a time.

The most common way to reach Olympia is by flying into Seattle and renting a vehicle or shuttling to Olympia (approximately 1 hour). SeaTac (Seattle-Tacoma) Airport is one of the most easily accessed destinations in the country. Many major cities in the United States and internationally offer direct flights into Seattle.

The shuttle to Olympia is provided by Capital Aeroporter and costs $30-$45 per person each way. Go to www.capair.com/olympia or call 800-962-3579 to make reservations.

Private Trips

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Our sliding scale for private trips is based on the final number of guests in your group. Rates are per person and do not include sales tax, national park fees or guide gratuity. The final rate is based on the actual number of guests on the trip and may adjust based on cancellations or additions.

Please Note: you can also enjoy a private trip at our normal scheduled rates by filling any empty tour to capacity. However, if group members drop from the tour those spots will automatically become available on our website for instant booking. By purchasing a private trip at the rates listed below, your trip will remain exclusive to your group regardless of cancellations. 

Private Rates FOr This Trip

  • 2 People: Rate x 2.5
  • 3 People: Rate x 1.75
  • 4 People: Rate x 1.25
  • 5+ People: Rate x 1.15

*all rates are per person

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Itinerary

Itinerary

Day 1

  • Shuttle to the trailhead: 4.5 hours
  • Hiking Mileage: 4 miles
  • Elevation Loss: 200 feet

This multi-day Olympic National Park hiking trip begins with pick up at your hotel in Olympia and a scenic drive to the trailhead on the very tip of the Olympic Peninsula. We’ll drive alongside the scenic Hood Canal, and then get views of Vancouver Island across the Strait of Juan de Fuca. After a tasty picnic lunch we’ll put on packs and hike through a coastal forest for two miles before reaching Shi Shi Beach and our first dramatic views of the Pacific Ocean. We’ll hike south along the beach and set up camp with views of sea stacks, cliffs, and pounding waves. We’ll watch the sun set over the ocean, enjoy a hearty backcountry dinner, and then fall asleep to the gentle roar of the ocean.

Day 2

  • Hiking Mileage: 4.5 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 1100 feet
  • Elevation Loss: 1100 feet

Our second day will give us some of the best scenery – and the best challenges – that Washington’s coast has to offer. We’ll hike south along the beach, stopping to explore caves, sea-stacks, tidal pools, and forests along the way. We’ll ford small creeks, and when the tide is low we’ll traverse quickly along tidal flats around headlands obstructing our path. Sure footing is important—we’ll be crossing wet boulders covered with kelp and barnacles. When the tide is high we’ll scramble up and over steep overland routes, using handlines to assist our climb. After about 4 miles we’ll reach Seafield Creek and camp for the night. It’s a short mileage day, but packed full of challenges We’ll have some time to relax over another wonderful backcountry dinner and peaceful night’s rest.

Day 3

  • Hiking Mileage: 4.3 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 500 feet
  • Elevation Loss: 500 feet

On day three we’ll continue our coastal traverse with one more big headland, and then ford the Ozette River at low tide. We’ll be getting wet, so make sure to bring water shoes. After crossing the Ozette River we’ll leave our biggest challenges behind and travel south to Cape Alava, the westernmost edge of the contiguous United States. We’ll see Tskawahyah Island to the west of us, while keeping an eye out for sea life, and enjoy one last, dramatic sunset and evening on the beach.

Day 4

  • Hiking Mileage: 6.1 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 400 feet
  • Elevation Loss: 350 feet
  • Shuttle to Olympia: 4.5 hours

On our last day we’ll head south past Wedding Rocks, and search for ancient Petroglyphs left from the Makah habitation of the area. Eventually we’ll reach Sand Point and turn inland. Boardwalks will take us back though coastal forests until we reach Ozette Lake, and our vehicle, where we’ll enjoy one last lunch together before driving back to Olympia.

Please Note: We always do everything in our power to follow the set itinerary, however it can change occasionally based on temporary access restrictions, weather, lodging/campground availability, guest ability/injury, natural events like fires and flooding, and other potential causes. Normal terms and conditions apply to trips with itinerary changes.

Trip Dates & Booking

TRIP DATES & BOOKING

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Available to Book

AVAILABLE TO BOOK

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GOING FAST

This trip has 1 or 2 spots remaining and is bookable online! Click on the date to book now or contact us online to book through customer service.

Request a Reservation

REQUEST A RESERVATION

This trip is exclusively booked through customer service due to logistics with lodging, permits, staffing, availability, or something else. Please contact us online or call us at 800-715-HIKE (4453) to request a reservation.

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Trip Details

Trip Details

What's Included

  • Top-of-the-line tent, backcountry sleeping pad and multi-day backpack
  • High quality, synthetic sleeping bag (professionally laundered after every use) – or bring your own.
  • Use of trekking poles
  • All meals are included from breakfast the first day through lunch on the last day
  • Trained hiking guide(s) with years of personal wilderness and hiking experience, medical certifications, and a passion for leading people into breathtaking landscapes. See Guide Bios.
  • Comprehensive, roundtrip transportation from your hotel in Olympia and back
  • All entrance fees, permits and passes
  • Emergency equipment including a company-issued first-aid kit and communication device (InReach Explorer or satellite phone)
  • Mandatory 3% national park fee that passes through directly to Olympic NP
  • A Lifetime Hiking Membership entitling you, your spouse and dependents to a discount of 10% off any Wildland hiking trip after your first one (must book directly with us to receive the discount)!

What's Not Included

  • Clothes, raingear, and footwear (see recommendations)
  • Sunscreen, toiletries and personal items
  • Water bottles and a headlamp or flashlight
  • Guide gratuity (industry recommendation is 10-20% of trip cost)

Click here to see a printable, downloadable trip information packet with more detailed guidance about what to pack.

Meals: What to Expect

All of our hiking and backpacking tours include a diversity of tasty meals packed full of critical carbohydrates, proteins and fats. We carry foods that travel well in the backcountry – rice, pastas, lentils, beans, couscous, packaged meats, nuts, breads, oatmeal, granola, and more.

For optimal taste and energy, we supplement all our meals with spices, herbs, oils, cheeses, butter, sugar, and fruits and vegetables (fresh and dried). In addition, we provide you with with an assortment of trail mix, snacks, and dried fruits to eat at your own discretion.

We regularly accommodate vegan, vegetarian, kosher and non-gluten diets and will make adjustments for food allergies. These and other special dietary requests may require an additional fee.

Gear We Provide

We provide all group gear which includes the following:

  • Deuter or Osprey backpacks
  • Sierra Designs, Kelty or Big Agnes tents
  • Sierra Designs, Kelty, Big Agnes and Mountain Hardware synthetic-fill sleeping bags (or bring your own)
  • Thermarest or Big Agnes sleeping pads
  • Leki trekking poles
  • Cooking stoves and cookware
  • Company-issued first-aid kit
  • Emergency communication device(s)

Guest Packing List

When you register for this tour you’ll receive access to a printable, downloadable trip information packet with a detailed packing list specific to this trip (click here to see it now.) All trips require a sturdy pair of hiking shoes or hiking boots, rain gear, a recommended clothing system, a headlamp or flashlight, a hydration system (water bottles and/or bladder) and other items specific to each trip.

Additionally, some guests choose to bring their own sleeping bag. We supply high quality, synthetic fill bags that are professionally laundered after every trip. Synthetic fill is non-allergenic, insulates when damp and stands up well to repeated washings, but is heavier and bulkier than down. If you’re able to bring your own down sleeping bag, there are multiple benefits. If not, we’ve got you covered!

Trip Logistics

Trip Logistics

How Do I Register?

Reserve your spot today! In the Trip Dates & Booking section of this page, the green and red dates are bookable online by simply clicking on the date, and blue dates must be booked through our customer service team for a variety of possible reasons. To email our customer service team, you can click here 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 72 hours to complete your profile (and that of any dependents) and pay the deposit.

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

Where Do We Meet?

Your guide will conduct a virtual orientation meeting (via conference call) at 5:00 PM the evening before your trip begins to review the packing list, communicate the first day’s logistics and answer any last minute questions you have. Your guide will give you the phone number for this call during the pre-trip contact approximately 10 days before your trip start date.

Early on the morning of Day 1 your guide will pick you up from your accommodations in Olympia, WA.

Click here to see a printable, downloadable trip information packet with more detailed guidance about flights, shuttles, recommended 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 normally before 5 PM (this time is not guaranteed, as a variety of circumstances can influence our exact return time).

Safety Precautions

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. Guides adhere to standardized risk management protocols in case of any potential or actual incident, and all tours carry an emergency communication device and comprehensive first-aid kit. Additionally we have a “24/7” system through which guides or guests can reach Wildland support personnel at any time.

If you have any further questions about safety, please contact us at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) for more information.

Guide Working Parameters

Guides are required to take 8 hours off each 24-hour period to sleep, recuperate, take personal/down time…etc. In addition, as part of the 8 hours off they must sleep/rest or be in their tents/rooms uninterrupted for a minimum of 5 hours each night. We ask guests to respect these requirements and to not interrupt guides’ off time and sleep time unless there is a true emergency.

Age Restrictions

Age restrictions on this trip 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

Accommodations

Accommodations

Backcountry Sleeping

TENT CAMPING

Sleeping on backpacking trips is in premier 1-person, 2-person or 4-person backcountry tents. Solo travelers, and anyone else who requests it, are issued single tents. Top-of-the-line self-inflating sleeping pads and synthetic-fill sleeping bags (professionally laundered after every trip) are also provided.

Backcountry Cuisine

FRESH & DELICIOUS

Meals from breakfast Day 1 through lunch the last day are fully included and prepared by your guide. We never use dehydrated backpacking meals, instead serving freshly prepared, delicious backcountry cuisine made with a variety of common and specialty ingredients that travel well in the wilderness.

Amazing Campsites

IN THE ACTION

Of course campsites vary tremendously by destination, trip and even by the individual day of a trip. However, you can expect to camp in beautiful areas that put you right in the action to make the most of your backpacking adventure. We carefully design our itineraries with campsites in mind.

Trip Reviews

Trip Reviews

  • Average Customer Ratings:

  • 5.0 (7 reviews)
Tami M
5.0

Beyond Excellent!

12 months ago

Highly recommend!

Diane M
5.0

Incredible Adventure

1 year ago

This was an incredible adventure! Our guides were knowledgeable and personable. Loved loved the extreme challenge... The trek was everything and more of what I thought and wanted! The food was great and loved the blue berry pancakes on the last day!! I will do more trips with Wildland trekking... Hope to get Frankie Jurkowski Alex Fermanis as our guides!

Debra H
5.0

Highly Qualified

1 year ago

Wildland has guides who are highly qualified and make the backpacking trip special. I have enjoyed Capitol Reef and the Washington Coastal trip with great guides and other travelers. I am looking forward to Enchanted Valley next year.

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