Pacific Northwest Basecamp Tour

Seattle, WA
4.8 (13 reviews)

Trip Highlights

  • Olympic & Rainier
  • Dramatic Landscapes
  • Waterfalls & Wildflowers
  • Wildlife Habitat
  • Fantastic Outdoor Cuisine
  • 6 Amazing Hikes, 3 in Each Park
  • Pristine Rainforests
  • Rugged Coastlines

Description

Circumnavigate the Olympic Peninsula and explore the breathtaking flanks of Mount Rainier on this 6 day grand camping and hiking tour of Washington State‘s most beautiful destinations. By day we’ll explore two mountain ranges, one of the highest peaks in America, rugged coasts, and temperate rainforests. We’ll hike through wildflower-laden meadows and deep rain forests; experience waterfalls, wildlife, glaciers, and rugged coastlines. At night we’ll relax in comfortable campgrounds, eat wonderful outdoor meals, sit around campfires (weather permitting) and soak up the great outdoors! We provide transportation (originating in Olympia, WA), nearly all your gear, meals, fees and permits, and professional hiking guides. You can relax and let us take care of everything while we show you the best of the Pacific Northwest!

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$2160 Per Person
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Trip Type: Basecamp Tour
Difficulty Level:
Solitude Level:
Group Size: 4-10 Guests
Trip Length: 6 Days
Distance: 29+MI / 47KM

DIFFICULTY LEVEL 2

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

SUMMARY OF DIFFICULTY
Many of our hikes on this tour are on well-established trails, but we do hike in areas (such as coastlines) where trails are not established. Hiking can be rocky, muddy, on slick moss-covered rocks, and other types of rugged terrain. Although we’ve rated the max elevation at 1,800 feet, our hike to Camp Muir on Mount Rainier can include as much as 4,600 feet of elevation gain if we’re able to reach the famous mountaineer’s camp.

Hiking Distances:

4-8 mi

Backpack Weight:

8-12 lbs

Terrain:

Moderately Rugged

Max Daily Elev. ↑↓:

1800-4600 ft

Heights Exposure:

Light

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.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Hiking uphill or downhill with a 8-12 lb backpack for 5-7 hours
  • Maintaining balance and footing on moderately rugged terrain
  • Hiking in snow may be required in the early season

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.

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
  • 4-5 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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Itinerary

Itinerary

Day 1

  • Shuttle to the trailhead: 3 hours
  • Hiking Mileage: 5.2 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 1000 feet

This multi-day Olympic and Rainier hiking tour begins with pick up at your hotel in Olympia, and drive out to the Olympic Peninsula and Hurricane Ridge. We’ll drive up the Hood Canal, 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 Mt. Angeles. On a clear day we’ll see across the Straits of Juan de Fuca into Vancouver Island and beyond to our north; the snowy cap of Mt. Baker rising out of the North Cascades to our east, and glaciated Mt. Olympus to our south, and alpine wildflowers. After ample playtime in the mountains, we’ll drive back down to sea level and set up camp on the Sol Duc River, surrounded by moss-covered old growth giants.

Day 2

  • Shuttle to Trailhead: 4 hours
  • Hiking Mileage: 6-8 miles
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: 200 feet

On day 2, after a hearty breakfast at camp, 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. Whether you want to play on the beach or continue southward towards the Point of Arches, whether you like sweeping views of intimate tidal pools, Shi Shi Beach has something for everyone. 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 Makah people. Afterwards we’ll hop back in the vehicle and head back to camp and dinner.

Day 3

  • Shuttle to Trailhead: 1.5 hours
  • Hiking Mileage: 6 miles
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: 200 feet

On day 3 we’ll explore trails along the Sol Duc River. We’ll hike through moss-draped rainforest and towering old growth trees. Elk, deer, bald eagles, banana slugs, and more await us as we investigate this incredible landscape. The three-tiered Sol Duc Falls is our turn-around point, and after crossing a bridge we’ll travel back, stopping at Lover’s Lane Falls and exploring Canyon Creek along the way. We’ll spend one final night at our camp, taking advantage of the Sol Duc Hot Springs nearby.

Day 4

  • Shuttle to Trailhead: 4.5 hours
  • Hiking Mileage: 5 miles
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: 1,150 feet

Day four marks our transition from the Olympic Peninsula to the Cascades and Mt. Rainier. We’ll pack up camp and drive over to Mt. Rainier. We’ll start our hike with scenic Narada Falls, before climbing gradually through gentle forests and abundance blueberry bushes. We’ll climb past the beautiful Reflection Lakes, aptly named for their stunning mirror-image of Mt. Rainier, up to Faraway Rock with panoramic views of lakes and mountains below. After wrapping up our hike we’ll check in to camp at Cougar Rock Campground. After a delicious dinner, enjoy the stars outside or take in a ranger talk at Longmire or Paradise.

Day 5

  • Shuttle to Trailhead: 20 minutes
  • Hiking Mileage: 6+ miles
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: 1,800+ feet

The fifth day’s hike takes us through the famous Paradise Meadows of Mt. Rainier, a sub-alpine wonderland of flowers and fragile meadows. We’ll head up the Skyline Trail towards Glacier Vista, with its panoramic views of the Nisqually Glacier, and then continue upward. Our goal is to get past the dramatic views of Panorama Point and as close to Camp Muir as possible, possibly even reaching the famous mountaineering basecamp itself. On our way we’ll keep an eye out for marmots, pikas, mountain goats, and more, while soaking in views of Mt. Rainier and beyond. If the weather cooperates, we could get views of Mt. Hood, Mt. St. Helens, and Mt. Adams, three of the other major stratovolcanoes in the Cascades range. The Paradise area of Mt. Rainier is full of human history, and we’ll have a chance to explore some of it as we poke around the Paradise Lodge and the Visitors’ Center.

Day 6

  • Hiking Mileage: 4-6 miles
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: 1250-2150 feet
  • Shuttle to Olympia: 2 hours

Our final day takes us up past a serious of torrential waterfalls and a beautiful creek, ending by the magnificent 300 foot drop of Comet Falls. Delicate ferns & subalpine plants, whitewater spray, and polished rock accompany us on this short but steep trail to one of Rainier’s hidden gems. For those who feel bolder, we can continue up and on towards Van Trump Park, a beautiful alpine meadow filled with flowers and open vistas. We’ll enjoy a final picnic lunch, keep an eye out for any last wildlife sightings, and eventually head back to the car. A two hour drive will have us back at your hotel in Olympia where we’ll say our goodbyes, knowing we’ve had an unforgettable 6 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

TRIP DATES & BOOKING

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Available to Book

AVAILABLE TO BOOK

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Going Fast

GOING FAST

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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 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 sleeping bags
  • Thermarest or Big Agnes sleeping pads
  • Leki 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.

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.

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 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 all tours carry an emergency communication device. 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, with a maximum of 10 guests. 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 The Pacific Northwest

This trip covers a dramatic diversity of terrain from seashores to rainforests to alpine peaks and glaciers. The weather will be largely dependent on which ecosystem you’re at the moment hiking in, 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
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

Premier Campgrounds

5 NIGHTS

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

17 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!

Trip Reviews

Trip Reviews

  • Average Customer Ratings:

  • 4.8 (13 reviews)
Steve S
4.0

I Will Return

11 months ago

well-planned, well-led, and I will return for another adventure!

Elizabeth P.
4.0

Fantastic Guides!

4 years ago

Overall, a fantastic experience. Our guides were GREAT and so knowledgeable! This trip exceeded expectations. With the tours, the only negative comment I have is that we didn't always have enough time to spend at certain scenic viewpoints. For instance, at Sol Duc Falls we had about 10-15 minutes to relax and see the waterfalls before going back to camp, mid-afternoon for lunch. I would have loved to spend more time at the falls and even eat lunch there.

Beth V
5.0

Freaking Fabulous

9 days ago

Jordan and drew made this the most memorable, amazing adventure for me I don’t even know if there are proper words to express what a fabulous job they did . We had a mixed group of 9 people of all different ages and backgrounds and physical abilities , they were able to assess and in my opinion accommodate us all exceptionally! The food was amazing , I know everyone says that but it was like next level , fresh, flavorful, beautiful and filling ! Jordan and drew were so knowledgeable about everything , from the trail heads we did to the campsites and everything in between . They worked so well as a team and that made it so enjoyable for me . And let me just tell you the patience they had with all of our non stop questions . Always pleasant never made anyone feel like they were being ridiculous for asking something . Also wanna say a big thanks to Jordan , one day on one of our last hikes I was feeling a bit overwhelmed and really was struggling cause I wanted to embrace it all and of course that slowed my pace down , he simply said “ this is your journey , enjoy it “ that made my trip . I look foward to my next adventure and want to say thanks again drew and Jordan ! Your freaking fabulous at this .

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