Olympic Basecamp Tour

Seattle, WA

Trip Highlights

  • Pristine Rainforests
  • Rugged Coastlines
  • Waterfalls
  • Wonderful Outdoor Cuisine
  • Comfortable Beach Camping
  • Fascinating Natural & Cultural History

Description

This Olympic National Park camping tour is an opportunity to hike and explore two lush, temperate rainforests and the exciting and rugged Pacific coastline of the Olympic Peninsula, while enjoying the comforts of a front-country basecamp right on the ocean. Each day brings new sights and adventures as we explore the old-growth forests, dramatic sea stacks, stunning blue-green rivers, ever-changing tide pools, and long stretches of sandy beach right at our campsite. You’ll be able to relax and let us take care of everything, so you can spend your time enjoying the sights of this unique region, photographing wild animals, searching for elusive banana slugs, identifying unique wild flowers, or simply relaxing on the beach.

Each morning we’ll set out on a variety of select day hikes to introduce you to several amazing ecosystems found in the Pacific Northwest, replete with cultural and natural history, endless views, and astounding biodiversity: glacier and snow-fed rivers and streams, towering western red cedar forests, steep sea cliffs carved by the ocean, whales, otters, bald eagles and more! In the afternoons, we’ll head back to our camp right along the Pacific Ocean to relax, enjoy a swim in the ocean, read a book on the beach, or go for a walk along the bluff. At night, we’ll enjoy a wonderful, outdoor meal as we watch the sun set over the ocean, and relax around a campfire as we recount our daily adventures.

4 Days
$1335 Per Person
Return Guests get a 10% discount on all Trips!
Trip Type: Basecamp Tour
Difficulty Level:
Solitude Level:
Group Size: 4-10 Guests
Trip Length: 4 Days
Distance: 17+MI / 27+KM

DIFFICULTY LEVEL 2

Our difficulty ratings are based on a scale of 1-5, tours with a rating of 1 being least difficult, tours with a rating of 5 being most difficult

Backpack Weight:
10 pounds
Daily Hiking Distances:
2-8 miles
Most Elevation Loss:
1770 feet
Most Elevation Gain:
1770 feet
Quality of Trails:
Well-maintained trails through the rainforests; the hikes along the beach are on soft, loose sand, hard-packed sand, or small rocks, depending on the tides; some rocks along the beach may be slippery as they are often wet and/or covered in algae or seaweed.
Additional:
Depending on the specific trails chosen by the guides, some short sections on the beach may require upper body strength for stabilizing or climbing over and around large boulders or climbing up and down steep headlands using fixed ropes. These sections are not required for any of the hikes, but are optional based on the interests and abilities of the group.

Participants should:

  1. be active and healthy
  2. exercise several times per week
  3. be comfortable hiking 6-8 miles per day in hilly or mountainous terrain with a 10-pound backpack

SOLITUDE LEVEL 2

1 least solitude, 5 most solitude

We rate this Olympic and Rainier hiking tour a solitude 2. You can expect as much as an hour of solitude at a time.

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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.

Washington State does not charge sales tax on services, so there is no sales tax for this trip.

All trips in Olympic National Park have a 3% fee required by the National Park Service. This fee is applied when your reservation is made and is passed through directly to the national park.

There are no other taxes or fees associated with this trip. Feel free to give us a call at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) with any questions!

Private Trips

Traveling in perfect company is a wonderful thing! With our private trip offerings you can book a trip exclusively for your group. Whether it’s with family, friends or colleagues, private trips are a fun and enriching way to explore the outdoors.

Private trip pricing is based on a sliding scale, depending on the number of people in your party. Rates are per person and do not include sales tax and national park fees (where applicable) or guide gratuity. Give us a call at 800-715-HIKE to get the ball rolling!

Private Rates FOr This Trip

  • 2 People: Rate x 2
  • 3 People: Rate x 1.3
  • 4-5 People: Rate x 1.2
  • 6-8 People: Rate x 1.1
  • 9-12 People: Rate x 1

*all rates are per person

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Itinerary

Itinerary

Day 1

  • Shuttle to the trailhead: 3 hours
  • Hiking Mileage: 5 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 1770 feet
  • Elevation Loss: 1770 feet
  • Accommodations: Kalaloch Beach Campground

This multi-day Olympic National Park tour begins with pick up at your hotel in Olympia, and a scenic drive out to the Olympic Peninsula. We’ll head west through farmland and historic logging towns before reaching Lake Quinault and the amazing Quinault Rainforest, “Valley of the Giants.” This region is home to six conifer tress that are recognized as the largest living specimens of their species.

After following the East Fork Quinault River, we’ll leave the van behind to explore farther up the river valley on foot. We’ll gradually climb through towering Sitka Spruce trees, abundant moss, ferns, and wildflowers as we climb a small ridge. Here the trail quickly drops back down to rejoin the East Fork Quinault River where the blue-green waters cut through a narrow gorge. We’ll stop to enjoy the fantastic views as we cross Pony Bridge, eat a delicious picnic provided by your guide(s), and relax along this serene river.

Once we’ve had our fill exploring the rainforest, we’ll retrace our steps back to the van. We’ll continue our drive out to the Pacific Ocean and set up camp at our scenic campsite set on a small bluff overlooking the ocean.

Day 2

  • Shuttle to Trailhead: varies (up to 1 hour each way)
  • Hiking Mileage: 4-8 miles
  • Elevation Gain: ~400 feet
  • Elevation Loss: ~400 feet
  • Accommodations: Kalaloch Beach Campground

On day 2, after a hearty breakfast at camp, we’ll set out for a day of exploration – this time of the beaches of the Pacific Ocean. This stretch of protected coastline within Olympic National Park is home to some of the most pristine and untouched coastal areas in the U.S. Pounding waves, rugged cliffs, and towering sea stacks await, as well as tidal pools filled with marine life.

We’ll have time to play in the waves; hike along sandy and pebble-strewn beaches; soak up sweeping views; explore intimate tidal pools and keep a sharp eye out for large marine mammals. This area has something special for every taste!

Your guide will serve you a delicious lunch on the beach or trail, and we’ll round out our fun-filled day with a beach BBQ or gourmet dinner and a campfire while enjoying the sunset over the Pacific Ocean.

Day 3

  • Shuttle to Trailhead: 1 hour
  • Hiking Mileage: 4-6 miles
  • Elevation Gain: minimal
  • Elevation Loss: minimal
  • Accommodations: Kalaloch Beach Campground

On Day 3, we’ll hop in the van after breakfast and head north 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, fascinating banana slugs, and more await us as we investigate this incredible ecosystem. 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 another gourmet trail lunch and our fill of hiking, we’ll make our way back to the trailhead and return to camp for our last dinner by the ocean.

Day 4

  • Shuttle to Trailhead: 1 hour
  • Hiking Mileage: 4+ miles
  • Elevation Gain: minimal
  • Elevation Loss: minimal
  • Shuttle to Olympic: 3 hours

On our final day, we’ll pack up camp, and head north to the Quileute Indian Reservation and the village of La Push, WA. Just north of this tribal center and across the Quillayute River is Rialto Beach, where our hike takes us north along the ocean. We’ll keep our eyes out for whales, sea lions, otters, as well as eagles and other sea birds. Off-shore, waves crash against the beautiful sea stacks and small islands such as Gunsight Rock and James Island.

After a couple miles, we’ll reach the iconic Hole-in-the-Wall, a rocky arch carved out by the power of the waves crashing against the sea cliffs that once stood here. If the tide is low, we’ll be able to climb through the arch and explore the other side or use the overland trail to climb above the arch for sweeping views of the coastline.

We’ll enjoy a final picnic lunch, keep an eye out for any last wildlife sightings, and eventually arrive back to the car as we retrace our steps. A three hour drive will have us at your hotel in Olympia where we’ll say our goodbyes, knowing we’ve had an unforgettable 4 days!

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.

Trip Dates & Booking

TRIP DATES & BOOKING

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Available to Book

AVAILABLE TO BOOK

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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, sleeping pad, sleeping bag, and day pack
  • Use of 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
  • 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 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 (Oboz hiking shoes and boots recommended)
  • 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.

Meal: 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 sleeping bags
  • Thermarest or Big Agnes sleeping pads
  • Leki or Black Diamond trekking poles
  • Cooking stoves and cookware
  • Company-issued first-aid kit
  • Emergency communication device(s)

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 either a headlamp or flashlight per person. 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

When you register for this tour you’ll receive access to a printable, downloadable trip information packet with detailed guidance about what clothes to pack (click here to see it now.) All trips require a sturdy pair of hiking shoes or hiking boots, rain gear, and our recommended clothing system. 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.

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?

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.

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 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.

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.

Group Size and Age Restrictions

The standard group size on Olympic backpacking trips 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 1-800-715-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

This trip covers a diversity of terrain from seashores to rainforests. The weather will be largely dependent on which ecosystem you’re hiking in at the moment, so it’s best to be prepared for a range of temperatures and conditions. Read below for average high and low temperatures in different parts of the Pacific Northwest:

Average Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
Month
Coast
Rainforest
hi
low
Precip
hi
low
Precip
May
61°
44°
5.8 in
63°
45°
4.9 in
June
65°
49°
3.8 in
67°
48°
3.9 in
July
68°
52°
2.8 in
74°
51°
2.1 in
August
69°
52°
2.8 in
75°
52°
2.2 in
September
66°
49°
4.4 in
69°
49°
4.7 in

Accommodations

Accommodations

Premier Campgrounds

3 NIGHTS

On our signature camping tours we hand pick wonderful campgrounds that put us right in the action for exceptional hiking and camping vacations. They may be national park, state park, or private campgrounds. They may vary by trip date depending on availability and seasonality.

Fantastic Meals

11 MEALS

Basecamp trips include meals for the duration of the tours beginning with breakfast the first day through lunch the final day. Meals are prepared by your guide(s) using fresh ingredients, exclusive Wildland recipes, and we adhere to all department of health outdoor cooking codes.

Comfortable Camping

CAMPING AMENITIES

What amenities do basecamp tours include? Cold and hot drinks, campfires (where/when allowed), camp chairs, access to showers, fresh food, roomy tents, comfortable sleeping pads, comfy sleeping bags, camp pillows and more! Camp comfortably, eat like royalty, and hike til your heart’s content!

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