Olympic Coast Backpacking with Out in the Wild
A backcountry adventure along the rocky and wild Olympic coast.
Mild – Moderate
August 7-12, 2023
Medically-trained, naturalist guides
All transportation in passenger van
Camping fees & backpacking permits
Tent, sleeping pad, and group camping equipment
All meals indicated in itinerary
Park entry fees
Gratuity for your guide
Sleeping bag (Available to rent for $50)
Flights to destination
Solidarity Rate: $995
Full Cost Rate: $1095
Redistribution Rate: $1195
Take a backpacking trip like none other – an exploration of the rocky and rugged coast of the Olympic Peninsula. This area is home to some of the most wild protected coastline in the country. And from its seastacks to its driftwood scattered beaches – it is an iconic outdoor destination.
The Olympic Peninsula in August is relatively mild in terms of temperature, with highs in the 70s to low 80s during the day and overnight lows in the 50s, occasionally dropping lower. The region is known for its rain, though August is one of the driest months. Be prepared for rain, though it is less likely during this time than the rest of the 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 hiking 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 email@example.com.
Intensity – Mild to Moderate
Hiking days will usually include about 6 total hours on the trail, covering anywhere from 8-10 miles on the day with weight. This trip includes four days of backcountry hiking, so it’s best for travelers who are comfortable being active for most of the day, multiple days in a row. Some hiking experience is recommended. Backpacking experience is not required.
- Four nights backcountry camp
- One night, double occupancy at Olympic Lodge in Port Angeles
If you are flying, please arrive into Seattle by the late morning (11AM) for pick up. If you’d prefer to arrive a day earlier and arrange your own lodging, we can also arrange pick up from Seattle locations.
If you’d prefer to drive, please email us so we can arrange the best location to meet based on your starting point.
Olympic Coast Backpacking with Out in the Wild Itinerary
Plan to arrive in Seattle by late morning to meet the group and drive to the peninsula. We’ll make stops along the way to enjoy some local lunch and stretch our legs with a hike at Hurricane Ridge. Tonight, we’ll be dropped off at Shi Shi beach for our first night at camp.
Setting off bright and early from Shi Shi, we’ll hike to our next camp, the sounds of the ocean with us along the way. Our route is carefully planned based on the tides to ensure the safest path. Today’s hike will take us about 6 hours in total. Like all days, elevation change is minimal over the day though some sections may require some scrambling and uphill climbing.
Meals: B, L, D
Today, our hike includes a crossing of the Ozette river. We’ll time our hike to aim for low tide, but every water crossing requires extreme care and attention – and your guides will be with you every step of the way. After heading around the scenic Cape Alava, we’ll settle into camp for the night.
Meals: B, L, D
Today is the longest hike yet, taking us about 8 miles along the Pacific Northwest trail. We’ll take our time to watch for the aquatic life around us – from seabirds to eagles to otters. Tonight is our last night of camping and we’ll celebrate with a delicious camp dinner and rest up for tomorrow’s big final hike.
Meals: B, L, D
Over 10 miles awaits us for our final day on the trail. As always, we’ll continue with care and awe along the coast as we make our way past the iconic Hole in the Wall and out via Rialto Beach, where our van is waiting to take us to our home for the night. We’ll stay on the peninsula tonight, enjoying a hotel stay and local dinner to say goodbye.
Today, we’ll head back to Seattle on the Port Angeles ferry! We’ll keep our eyes peeled for whales and seabirds on our ride. After arrival in Seattle, you’ll be transported back to SeaTac for afternoon and evening flights!
Meals: B, L
Olympic Coast Backpacking with Out in the Wild 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
- Reusable water bottles or bladders (3L total capacity)
- Recommended Gear and personal items
- Hiking poles
- Cotton or silk sleeping bag liner (optional, recommended if renting)
- Camping pillow
- 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
- Light gloves
- Sun hat with a brim
- Wool socks (1 pair per day of trip)
- Hiking boots
- Buff or neck scarf
- Comfortable clothes for camp
- Sandals or camp shoes
- Clothes for dinner on final night