From the mountains to the sea, explore the varied ecosystems of Olympic National Park while enjoying the cozy comfort and hospitality of an Olympic National Park lodge resort. Hike the longest stretch of coastal wilderness in the lower 48 states and witness fascinating tidal pools, scenic beaches, and amazing sea life. After a day or two, you’ll understand why Olympic National Park is internationally recognized as a Biosphere Reserve and World Heritage Site. The old growth forests of Sitka spruce, western red cedar and hemlock are magical places to explore. These massive trees soar to the heavens while protecting thick carpets of mosses, ferns, and wildflowers below. Watch for elk and black-tailed deer while listening for the whistle of the Olympic marmot. Trek up Hurricane Ridge and view majestic Mount Olympus, still covered with glistening white glaciers. Bring your camera; the scenery will take your breath away!
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Day 1: Welcome to Olympic National Park!
Set on the shores of Lake Crescent, this scenic area is the ideal base for exploring Olympic National Park. Take an afternoon hike on a nearby trail among towering old growth forest, then enjoy dinner together.
Day 2: Enjoy hikes to the Lover's Lane Loop and Marymere Falls.
After breakfast with great coffee, drive to the Sol Duc Valley and hike the Lover's Lane Loop through old growth forest, past a waterfall, with spur trails to alpine lakes. In the afternoon, hike to Marymere Falls from the trailhead just minutes from the lodge.
Day 3: Take in views from Hurricane Ridge and hike the surrounding mountains.
Enjoy learning about the area at the Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center. Then take a hike in the surrounding mountains. You will be amazed at the change from the coast to 6,000 feet elevation.
Day 4: Explore the magical Hoh Rainforest and the rugged coastline.
Spend the day hiking among old-growth spruce, cedar, and hemlock in the magical Hoh Rainforest. If you love big trees, you will love the Hoh. There are many trails to choose from–both high and low elevation. Visit Ruby Beach before returning to the lodge in the afternoon. Ruby is part of the longest contiguous stretch of protected coast in the lower 48. Don't forget to take a look for the teeming marine life in the tide pools!
Day 5: Enjoy one last hike before arriving in Seattle via ferry.
Pack up and take one last morning hike at Dungeness Spit National Wildlife Refuge, enjoy the last picnic lunch and travel back to Seattle via the Bainbridge Island Ferry. The trip officially ends at 3 pm.
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What to Expect
TERRAIN/ROUTE CHOICES: Olympic National Park has varied terrain. The coast is sandy, with intermittent boulders, headlands, and sea stacks. The rain forest is fairly gentle, with mud and tree roots to negotiate. You will enjoy several different ecosystems as you go from sea level to 6,000 feet.Read more »
Frequently Asked Questions:
Where do we meet?
Standard Meeting Places and Times
Start: Lake Crescent Lodge at 3:00 PM (local time)
End: Lake Crescent Lodge at 11:00 AM (local time)
This trip begins at Lake Crescent Lodge in Olympic National Park at 3:00 PM. The trip ends at the same location at 11:00 AM. By car, the lodge is a 3-hour drive from Seattle. Booking a flight? We recommend flying into the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport before 10:00 AM, and flying out no earlier than 5:00 PM on the last day of the trip. Detailed meeting place instructions will be sent to you when you are confirmed.
Do you have any additional health restrictions on trail?
In addition to following CDC guidelines, we work with a team of community and health experts to help guide our safety measures on and off the trail. Find a complete list of steps we are taking to provide you the safest experience here: https://www.wildernessinquiry.org/covid19/
Is this hiking trip wheelchair accessible?
Since hiking over rugged trails is a primary activity of our hiking trips, we do not recommend these trips for persons who use wheelchairs. Several of the hikes and activities are not very accessible for people who use wheelchairs.
Our canoe, kayak, and dogsled trips are generally more accessible for people who use wheelchairs. Water based travel is the great equalizer when it comes to outdoor activities. Fortunately, we have many trips to choose from.
All that said, if you use a wheelchair and are interested in going, please call to discuss the trip with us. We never want to say never!
Do you have a single supplement for Olympic National Park Hike and Explore?
You can elect to guarantee a single room for the duration of the trip for $725 during the registration process.