Olympic Basecamp Tour

Seattle, WA
5.0 (6 reviews)

Trip Highlights

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


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.

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From USD
$1875 Per Person
Trip Type: Camping Hiking Tour
Difficulty Level:
Solitude Level:
Group Size: 2-10 Guests
Trip Length: 4 Days
Distance: 17+MI / 27+KM


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

This trip follows 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. Depending on the specific trails chosen by the guide(s), 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.

Hiking Distances:

2-8 mi

Backpack Weight:

8-12 lbs


Lightly Rugged

Max Daily Elev. ↑↓:

1770 ft

Heights Exposure:


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.


  • Hiking uphill or downhill with a 8-12 lb backpack for 5-7 hours
  • Maintaining balance and footing on lightly rugged terrain
  • Depending on the hikes decided on by your guide(s), climbing around steep headlamps using ropes (optional)
* For an official and complete list of physical requirements, please see our Essential Eligibility Criteria.


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.


If a trip does not reach the minimum number of guests, you may choose to transfer to another trip date or another trip, be refunded your payments in full, or you may have the choice to pay a supplemental fee to run the trip with fewer guests. We make the final determination for these trips 4-6 weeks before the departure date, and notify guests of changes and options immediately.

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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
  • 4-5 People: Rate x 1.5
  • 6-8 People: Rate x 1.25
  • 9-12 People: Rate x 1.15

*all rates are per person

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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. Normal terms and conditions apply to trips with itinerary changes.

Trip Dates & Booking


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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
  • 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

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, Big Agnes and Mountain Hardware sleeping bags
  • 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.

Travel to Olympia

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 Premier Airport Shuttle. Go to https://premierairportshuttle.com/olympia/ or call 800-962-3579 to make reservations.

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.

Essential Eligibility Criteria

Essential Eligibility Criteria (“EEC”) have been specifically identified to help you understand the skills and abilities necessary to participate on each Wildland trip, and they apply uniformly to all potential trip participants, irrespective of the presence or absence of any disability.

Once you identify a trip in which you may be interested, please carefully review the EEC and itinerary details. If after reviewing the EEC that apply to your desired trip, you determine you need an accommodation in order to meet the EEC, please contact us prior to registering to discuss your requested accommodation.

The EEC exist for your own safety and the safety and enjoyment of all participants. If you are unable to meet the EEC for the trip, with or without an accommodation, you are not eligible for that trip. If you register and arrive for a trip for which you do not meet the EEC, you will be disqualified from participation on the trip and will be dismissed or evacuated from the trip without a refund.

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

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)
5.8 in
4.9 in
3.8 in
3.9 in
2.8 in
2.1 in
2.8 in
2.2 in
4.4 in
4.7 in



Premier Campgrounds


On our basecamp 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 vehicle-accessible campgrounds. They may vary by trip date depending on availability and seasonality.

Fantastic 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


What amenities do basecamp tours include? Cold and hot drinks, campfires (where/when allowed), camp chairs, 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!

Trip Reviews

Trip Reviews

  • Average Customer Ratings:

  • 5.0 (6 reviews)
Fran F

Unforgettable Trip

9 months ago

This 4-day hiking-camping trip could not have been better. We lucked out with a terrific guide who I would follow anywhere, plus a great group of people of all ages --23 to 75-- who were just plain fun to be with. I was the only one who had camped before, but the others caught on fast. The gorgeous scenery and perfect weather made for an unforgettable trip, but it was the positive chemistry that the five of us shared that made it really unique. The challenge of the hiking was at the right level for all of us, who were in good shape, so no one felt like a laggard. Great experience!!

Denise B

Wonderful Trip

10 months ago

I just came back from my in based hiking trip in Olympic National Park. Our guide Daniel was very informative, prepared and passionate about what he does. I would recommend this trip to anyone.

Sarah A

Another Amazing Trip

10 months ago

Rach was an amazing guide! She cooked great meals, provided awesome information about the landscape along the trails, and she was just a joy to be around. She has a vast knowledge of foraging and also is a mountaineer. We truly enjoyed our time with Rach and would recommend anyone do a trip with her. Definitely will be reaching out to her when we are back in the area. Thanks for another amazing trip, Wildland!

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