Find Me in the Pacific Northwest
Seven Days in Olympic and Mount Rainier National Parks with
Elena from Find Me Outside
September 14-20, 2023
Medically-trained, naturalist guides
Park entry fees
Camping fees and permits
All meals from dinner on day 1 through breakfast on day 7
Sleeping Bag (rentals available for additional cost)
Flights to the destination
Gratuity for your guide
The Pacific Northwest is home to some of the most dramatic and dynamic landscapes in the country. We’ll hike its rocky coasts, venture into the heart of a rainforest, and climb to the foot of a glacial volcano – all in just seven days!
Fall 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, cool nights with lows in the 40s, and the potential for lots of rain. High elevations on Mount Rainier may even see snow this time of year!
Good Trippers can be any age but most of our travelers are in their 30s – 50s.
We get families, couples and friends, but most of our travelers come solo! We have trips for all abilities, just make sure to review the Intensity section for information about what to expect on your trip.
All public trips are 18+. If you’re traveling with kids, we’d be happy to make any itinerary private! Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Intensity – Moderate
Most days will include hikes that are approximately 3-4 miles with mild to moderate elevation change. Expect to be active for about 4 hours a day. Day 5 will be the most challenging day, with a strenuous hike at altitudes that some consider challenging. This hike is optional, though, with more moderate alternatives available for those who would like to opt out. Suitable for most fit travelers with some hiking experience.
- Two nights camping in Olympic National Park
- Two nights in a triple-occupancy cabins in Olympic National Park
- One night camping in Mount Rainier National Park
- One night in a triple-occupancy suite at Crystal Mountain Hotel
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. Alternatively, your guide can collect you from your accommodation or another central point in Seattle (within 30 minutes of airport) by 10:00 AM PST if you choose to arrive a day early.
Your guide will transport the group to the airport around 12:00 PM PST on Day 7. 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.
Plan to arrive in Seattle by the mid afternoon. After meeting your adventure-mates upon arrival, we’ll load up and head out to the Northern Olympic Peninsula and settle into our accommodations by the Sol Duc River. Depending on timing, we may enjoy a short walk out to Sol Duc Falls before enjoying a tasty camp dinner and heading off to bed.
Today we’ll head up up up to the beautiful Hurricane Ridge for a morning hike through the subalpine zone. Wildflowers and wildlife await you on our scenic, moderate hike up Hurricane Hill. The Olympic mountains’ snow capped peaks are close enough that you feel like you could touch them – that is, if you can see them. Hurricane Ridge is known for its cloudy weather – but don’t let that get you down. Even a cloudy day is a beautiful one here.
In the afternoon, we’ll head to the gem like Lake Crescent – a stunning blue glacial lake down the 101 – where we may hop into some kayaks to get out on the water while sharing stories of this mysterious and storied lake.
Meals: B, L, D
This morning, we’ll pack up and head west to the Kalaloch area for a complete change of scenery – and ecosystems! The intertidal zone is full of biodiversity and curious creatures are just waiting to be discovered – if you know where to look. We’ll spend the day tidepooling and walking along the beach. Our new accommodations are right on the water, which will allow for a beautiful sunset toast.
Meals: B, L, D
Today we’ll head into the heart of the park and discover the magic of the Hoh rainforest. One of the few remaining temperate rainforests on earth, this biodiversity hotspot receives over 120” of rain each year! The payoff is huge – dense, lush mosses hang from the trees and strange animals like banana slugs lay hidden in the detritus of the forest floor. We’ll spend our day hiking through this one of a kind ecosystem with plenty of time to stop and discover the entire universe beneath our feet.
Meals: B, L, D
It’s time to say goodbye to Olympic as we head east to the crown jewel of the Cascade Range – Tahoma, or Mount Rainier. An active volcano with a fascinating geological history, this mountain is visible for almost all of our half day drive. Upon arrival at our camp, we may opt for a short hike along a glacial river before saying goodnight.
Meals: B, L, D
We’ll spend the full day on the trails of Mount Rainier National Park. Dotted with wildflowers, our trail will take us through alpine meadows and past countless viewpoints of the massive, glaciated peak. We’ll keep our eyes peeled for marmots and mountain goats along the way! Tonight, we’ll enjoy a final meal together before settling into bed.
Time to load up and head back to Seattle! You can plan on departing today or opt to stay an extra night in the city before heading home (accommodations not included)
- Required Gear
- Day pack (15-30 liters recommended)
- Luggage (can be left in the vehicle, 1 small suitcase per person)
- Sleeping bag (also available to rent), rated to 20 degrees or below
- Pack cover
- Reusable water bottles or bladders (3L total capacity)
- Recommended Gear and Personal Item
- Hiking poles
- Cotton or silk sleeping bag liner (optional, recommended if renting)
- Travel pillow
- Insect repellent
- Toiletries (please choose biodegradable and scent-free items)
- Small, personal first aid kit (including blister treatment)
- Small, quick dry towel
- 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
- Sun hat with a brim
- Wool socks (1 pair per day of trip)
- Hiking boots
- Recommended Clothing
- Buff or neck scarf
- Comfortable clothes for camp
- Sandals or camp shoes