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Beginner Backpacking in Olympic National Park with Rachel Pu

 

Experience some of the most beautiful and iconic scenery Olympic National Park has to offer on this beginner backpacking rip with Rachel Pu!

TRIP DATES:

August 11-16, 2024

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MEET RACHEL (@RACHELPU1)

 

Originally from the midwest and now based in Colorado, Rachel has been exploring the country camping in her self converted SUV and is always looking for her next adventure.

She is an avid hiker, runner, and backpacker, and although she didn’t grow up doing these activities, she believes that the outdoors are for everyone and can be enjoyed by everyone. Encouraging others to get outside is her passion and she is super excited to invite you on a beginner backpacking trip! 

Trip Length

6 Days

Intensity

 Challenging

View our intensity scale.

Group Size

8 People

$1795 Per Person

 

The Pacific Northwest is home to some of the most dramatic and dynamic landscapes in the country. Experience some of the most beautiful and iconic scenery Olympic National Park has to offer on this beginner backpacking trip with Rachel. You’ll camp and backpack within this unique park, experiencing lush forest, crystal-clear subalpine lakes, and jaw-dropping mountain peaks.

Your guides will be with you every step of the way on this introductory backpacking trip to teach you about the park’s natural and human histories, backpacking skills, and point out fascinating flora and fauna. Leave with long-lasting connections and friends for a lifetime.

Activities
  • Backpacking
  • Camping
  • Sightseeing

 

Included
  • Round-trip transportation from / to Seattle
  • Medically-trained naturalist guides
  • Park entry fees
  • Campsite reservations and fees
  • One night in Seattle hotel (double occupancy)
  • Tent, sleeping pad, and group camping equipment
  • All meals indicated in itinerary

 

Not Included
  • Flights to / from the destination
  • Gratuity for your guides
  • Sleeping bag (available to rent at additional cost)
  • Personal camp gear (see pack list)
Weather

Summer is a wonderful time to visit Washington and the weather can be extremely varied. We’ll be exploring a variety of locations each with its own weather trends.

In general, you should be prepared for warm, comfortable days with temperatures in the 70s – possibly reaching the 80s in the afternoon. Nights will be cooler with lows in the 50s. Though less likely this time of year, there is always the potential for rain. 

Intensity- Moderate 

Most days will include hikes that are approximately 6-8 miles with moderate elevation change. Expect to be active for about 6-8 hours a day while carrying a heavy pack. Suitable for most fit travelers with some hiking experience. This trip is geared towards a beginner backpacking trip, so your guides will be there with you every step of the way!

Accommodations
  • 2 nights backpacking in Olympic National Park
  • 2 nights frontcountry camping in Olympic National Park
  • 1 night in a hotel in Seattle (double occupancy)
Flights

Please plan to arrive at SeaTac International Airport by 11:00 AM PST on Day 1. Your guide will pick you up shortly after arrival.

Your guide will transport the group to the airport at 10:00 AM PST on Day 6. Please plan a departure after that time or be prepared to find personal transportation to the airport from the hotel if your flight departs earlier or much later.

 

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Day One

 

Plan to arrive in Seattle by 11am. After meeting the rest of the group upon arrival, we’ll load up and head out to Olympic National Park in our luxury, 15-passenger vans. After arriving in the park, we’ll set up our camp, go over our backpacking plans for the week, get familiar with gear, and settle in. Dinner tonight is a hearty camp cooked meal that will fuel us up for the next day’s adventure as you get to know your new adventure mates.

Meals:  D

Day Two

 

Begin your backpacking adventure today! Over the next 3 days, we’ll be hiking the stunning 20 mile High Divide, Seven Basin Loop – one of the most iconic trails in Olympic National Park. We’ll hike through lush green forests, deep into the park, past flowing waterfalls and unique flora your guides will point out along the way. Depending on the comfortability of the group on day 1 of hiking, we will either camp along the trail or at a picturesque lake. 

Meals: B, L, D

Day Three

Continue along the trail, stopping at beautiful alpine lakes for a leisurely lunch and a swim. Today could include side trails to various lakes and panoramic views along the way. We will camp along the trail, taking in the beautiful peaks of Olympic National Park.

In the evening, enjoy a warm, delicious meal, courtesy of Good to Go, and share laughs and stories with your new friends.

 

Meals: B, L, D

Day Four

This morning, we’ll pack up and head to our next destination – the Olympic peninsula! Today’s voyage includes a relaxing ferry ride and a stop on Whidbey Island for some time to shop, explore, and eat some tasty local lunch (not included). Tonight we’ll set up at our next camp deep in the lush forest at Sol Duc for another few nights of sleeping under the stars.

Meals: B, L, D

Day Five

Today, we’ll be exploring the rocky coast and the incredible rainforest – all in one day! Depending on tides, we may start with a coastal hike to see the massive rock formations along the water and do some tidepooling. We’ll learn all about the aquatic wildlife in this one-of-a-kind location where massive conifers grow right up to the water’s edge.

Next, we’ll head into the Hoh rainforest for a hike through one of the last remaining temperate rainforests on earth. This evening, we’ll enjoy another delicious campfire cooked dinner!

Meals: B, L, D

Day Six

It’s time to say “until next time” with memories and new friends to last a lifetime. Transfer to Seattle International Airport at 10am (or make other arrangements).

Meals: B, L, D

Packing LIst

Required Gear
  • Backpack (45-60 L recommended)
  • Duffel or suitcase (to be left in the vehicle when backpacking, 1 small suitcase or duffel per person)
  • Sleeping bag (also available to rent), rated to 20 degrees or below
  • Pack cover
  • Headlamp
  • Reusable water bottles or bladders (3L total capacity)
Recommended Gear & Personal Items
  • Hiking poles
  • Cotton or silk sleeping bag liner (optional, recommended if renting)
  • Camping pillow
  • Sunscreen
  • Earplugs
  • Insect repellent
  • Toiletries (please choose biodegradable and scent-free items)
  • Small, personal first aid kit (including blister treatment)
  • Small, quick dry towel
  • Personal plate, mug, and utensils (your guide will have these items if you don’t have your own)
Required Clothing
  • Warm jacket (down, puffy, fleece)
  • Rain jacket or shell
  • Rain pants
  • Breathable wicking base layers
  • Lightweight hiking pants
  • Warm clothes to sleep in
  • Warm hat
  • Gloves
  • Sun hat with a brim
  • Wool socks (1 pair per day of trip)
  • Hiking boots
  • Sunglasses
Recommended Clothing
  • Buff or neck scarf
  • Comfortable clothes for camp
  • Sandals or camp shoes
  • Clothes for dinner on final night

Trip FAQ’s

What will we eat?

Meals may be prepared by guides, picked up as boxed lunches, or enjoyed in restaurants. We prioritize seasonal, fresh ingredients and local suppliers in all regions. We can cater to most dietary requests and allergies with advanced notice. Be sure to include this information in our client intake form when registering for your trip!

Who else will be there?

Good Trippers can be any age and everyone is welcome!

We get families, couples and friends, but most of our travelers come solo! We have hiking trips for all abilities, just make sure to review the Intensity section for information about what to expect on your trip. All group multi-day trips are 18+. If you’re traveling with kids, we’d be happy to make any itinerary private! Email info@goodtripadventures.com.

Do you offer payment plans?

We are here to help! We offer flexible payment plans tailored to your needs. Reach out to us for more information on how we can assist you with payment options. Regardless of the payment plan implemented, full payment must be received by 30 days in advance of the trip start.

 

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