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Quench your thirst for a real challenge in the mountains or along the coastline by joining a backpacking trip in Olympic National Park! Several dozen trails meander through the Olympic Mountains and along the coast, linking—depending on the itinerary you choose—rushing rivers, glassy lakes, and thundering waterfalls, or coastal forests, teeming tide pools, and rugged cliffs. So pick a trail and spend 4 or 5 days backpacking through the park and its 280-foot trees of the primeval forests that ooze a fairytale atmosphere. With the food, equipment and camping covered by your guides, the only thing you’ve got to do is set up your camp under the stars and keep an eye out for the thriving wildlife—such as deer, marmots, or black bears.

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  • Pick the itinerary that suits you best

    Head deep into the primeval forests or hike along some of the most northwestern points of the Lower 48

  • A million acres of diverse ecosystems in the park

    Discover 1,100 species of plants and millennium-old trees sprinkled throughout nearly a million acres

  • Thriving wildlife in Washington's wilderness

    Spot the roosevelt elk named after Teddy Roosevelt, who established the Olympic NP in 1938

Available itineraries

Sol Duc and the Seven Lakes Basin Backpacking Adventure

Though there are countless streams and sources of water in Olympic NP, this trail connects some of the most spectacular ones! Over the course of 4 days, you’ll traverse 17 miles through pristine, old-growth forests and set up your camp every night. Marvel at the Sol Duc Falls, soak in the sweeping views of high alpine peaks, and explore the Seven Lakes Basin—all within a single trip. Apart from terrific guides with exceptional knowledge of the area, you also get delicious food, camping equipment and permits for the duration of the adventure.

  • Meet your guide and your group at 4 pm at the Sol Duc Campground. Get acquainted with everyone and go over what to pack and what to leave behind. Settle in for the night under the forest canopy and get a good night’s sleep listening to the creek. Backpacking starts tomorrow.

    Meals: Dinner

     

  • Start your adventure by gaining a bit of elevation up to Deer Lake, passing by the famous Sol Duc Falls at the beginning of your hike.

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
    Hiking: 3.5 miles / 5.6 km
    Elevation: +2,300 ft / +700 m

     

  • From Deer Lake, head to Heart Lake, and stop at Lunch Lake for lunch! This takes you along the High Divide Trail offering sweeping views of snow-capped mountains with carpets of wildflowers and an opportunity to spot the Olympic Marmot or even elk!

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
    Hiking: 8 miles / 12.9 km
    Elevation: +3,700 ft / +1,130 m | -2,500 ft / -760 m

     

  • Wake up in a spectacular location on your last day, have a hearty breakfast before packing up and hiking the last miles downhill to the trailhead. If you’d like to stay longer, just ask your guides for some recommendations!

    Meals: Breakfast and lunch
    Hiking: 7.75 miles / 12.5 km
    Elevation: +900 ft / +275 m | -3,600 ft / -1,100 m

     

  • Please note that all dates remain tentative until permits are received after April 15. Please refrain from making travel arrangements until the dates are confirmed. We will contact you if your guides successfully obtain the permits for the exact dates above.

    Note: For a detailed map with elevation profile of the tentative itinerary, click here.

Hoh Rainforest and the Blue Glacier Backpacking Adventure

The Olympic Mountains guard one of the largest primeval rainforests in the U.S. and the wettest destination in the Lower 48. This 5-day backpacking adventure takes you through this famous Hoh Rainforest and to the monumental Blue Glacier of the Olympic National Park! Traverse a total of 35 miles during the hike and explore different ecosystems within the park, as well as a variety of plants and wildlife that inhabit them. The guide, the food, camping equipment, and permits—it’s all taken care of, so your main task is just focusing on how spectacular the trail is.

  • Meet your guide and your group at 4 pm at the Hoh Campground. Get acquainted with everyone and go over what to pack and what to leave behind. Settle in for the night under the forest canopy and get a good night’s sleep listening to the creek. Backpacking starts tomorrow.

    Meals: Dinner

  • On your first full day of adventure, hike 9 gradual miles to the Olympus Guard Station gaining 950 easy feet of elevation. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to take pictures of the Hoh’s ancient forest, which is one of the most pristine temperate rainforests in the United States.

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
    Hiking: 9 miles / 14.5 km
    Elevation: +950 ft / +290 m

     

  • Today you hike from the Olympus Grand Station to Elk Lake Campground. From here, you have a decision to make: either hike to the glacier (another 6 miles roundtrip with 2,800 ft of elevation gain) in the afternoon, or hike the glacier on the morning of Day 4 before moving camp. Upon arrival at the Blue Glacier with Mount Olympus towering overhead, soak in the views and have a good meal.

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
    Hiking: 11 miles / 17.7 km
    Elevation: +5,000 ft / +1,524 m | -2,800 ft / -853 m

     

  • Hike downhill back to the Olympus Guard Station, a beautiful campground where you’ll relax for the night.

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
    Hiking: 5 miles / 8 km
    Elevation: -2,200 ft / -670 m

     

  • Enjoy the easy hike of the last flat portion to the trailhead and take the last few photos. If you’d like to stay longer, ask your guides for some recommendations and keep on exploring!

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
    Hiking: 9 miles / 14.4 km

     

  • Please note that all dates remain tentative until permits are received after April 15. Please refrain from making travel arrangements until the dates are confirmed. We will contact you if your guides successfully obtain the permits for the exact dates above.

    Note: For a detailed map with elevation profile of the tentative itinerary, click here.

North Coast Backpacking Adventure

This tour grants you with the unique opportunity to explore coastal regions on some of the most northwestern points in the continental U.S.! You will traverse coastal forests to reach the beach, where teeming tide pools and rugged cliffs await your presence. By the time you finish the tour, you’ll have mastered the art of tide tables, tide timing, and headland conquests. The logistics are taken care of—you’ll have a fantastic guide, who will cook the meals, take care of the permits, and provide you with camping equipment should you need it. Ready for a coastal adventure in the pristine wilderness of Olympic NP?

  • Meet your guides at the Rialto Beach Backpackers Parking Lot, where you’ll also get acquainted with your group, pass and pack gear, and cover trip logistics. Shuttle over to Ozette Trailhead for approximately 2 hours. At the Ozette trailhead, stop for a quick lunch before embarking on a 3-mile hike to the Sand Point Campground.

    Breeze through this hike with easy terrain across mostly boardwalk that weaves through minty coastal forests until you reach the beach and the camp. Sand Point offers campsite choices of either under the forest canopy or on the beach. This is also a great spot to explore tidepools and look for wildlife.

    Hiking: 3 miles / 4.8 km
    Elevation: +150 ft / +45 m | -150 ft / -45 m
    Meals: Lunch and dinner

    Hikers on the Olympic NP shore
  • Rise with the sun and kick-start your day with a delicious breakfast prepared by your guide. Begin your hike with a stroll along the beach, heading toward your initial tide restriction. If the tide is at its lowest and time permits, take in some of the coast’s finest tide-pooling experiences at Yellow Banks.

    After passing through the optional but incredibly fascinating cliff tunnel, continue walking along the beach until you arrive at a rugged section of cliffs and panoramic views of sea stacks. Your seasoned guide will assist you in navigating the rocky terrain and seaweed-covered rocks, so keep your eyes out for any enchanting anemones and vibrant sea stars. The day culminates with a warm welcome at Norwegian Memorial Camp, where you can savor a hearty dinner while enjoying the sunset at a white sandy beach.

    Hiking: 7.2 miles / 11.6 km
    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

    Olympic North Coast backpacking
  • Set out early to prepare for a full day filled with conquering tide restrictions and headlands! You’ll cover 6 miles of incredible cliffs, rocky tidepools, and untouched beaches while going through seaside boulder fields and coves.

    Once you’ve made it over the legendary Cape Johnson, take a well-deserved break at Chilean Memorial Camp, know that you’ve just made it over the most challenging segment of the hike. Delight in a beachside campfire and soak in the breathtaking sunset views as the soothing sound of waves lulls you into a peaceful slumber.

    Hiking: 6 miles / 9.7 km
    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

    Olympic NP beach
  • Last day! Continue your journey, traversing captivating cliffs and headlands bustling with a vibrant sea life, until you reach the Hole in the Wall, an iconic coastal gem. Traverse the sea stack’s arch, where you can marvel at tide pool ecosystems and stunning vistas of distant sea stacks.

    On the opposite side, discover the beauty of Rialto Beach. Savor the final miles, all while witnessing the graceful spectacle of pelicans skimming the crashing waves and colossal driftwood logs forming impressive stacks.

    Hiking: 3.6 miles / 5.8 km
    Meals: Breakfast

    Hiker on the Olympic North Coast backpacking
  • Please note that all dates remain tentative until permits are received after April 15. Please refrain from making travel arrangements until the dates are confirmed. We will contact you if your guides successfully obtain the permits for the exact dates above.

    Some days on this route may involve very early starts due to tide restrictions, so be prepared to wake up with or before the sun! The direction of the route may follow either the northbound or southbound route, depending on permit availability and tides. Regardless of the direction, necessary transport to/from Rialto Beach will be provided.

    Keep in mind that this route includes tide-restricted sections, meaning certain areas can only be passed at a given maximum tide. This means that the route is only safe and available during certain tide windows—but your guides use NOAA tide predictions for the most accurate predictions.

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Lasting Adventures
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Lasting Adventures
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Operating since 1997, the non-profit Lasting Adventures, Inc. is the #1 backcountry outfitter in Yosemite National Park. Their small group backpacking trips are all-inclusive as they provide free use of quality gear provided to them by corporate partners such as Gregory, Big Agnes, and Leki. In addition to supporting you along the trail and while in camp, their professional guides take care of making high-quality and delicious meals and other camp chores. Their guides and outdoor educators are the key ingredients to our success at Lasting Adventures. While they all come from different backgrounds, they also all share a passion for adventure, fun, American National Parks, and sharing outdoor experiences with others to create memories that last a lifetime.
5.00 (5 reviews)
Karina Kh (source: Google Reviews)

This is the second trip we took with Lasting Adventures and our second trip was just as great as the first. We had an amazing Guide, Caber. He was a true expert. Knew his way around even off trail and was an expert in the geology and fauna of the area. He let us go at the pace we needed while giving us inspiration to push the boundaries in a safe way. He was really good with my teenage son. We really couldn’t have asked for more and would definitely book another trip again.

Mukesh Garg (source: Google Reviews)

I had one of the best backpacking experience with Lasting Adventures. Our guides, Nicole and Marina, were outstanding. They explained the overall plan the first day and helped us at every step. They were highly professional and an excellent guide.

༺Mr.Meøwzers༻ (source: Google Reviews)

Second year in a row doing a trip with Lasting Adventures. It was fantastic, even better then last year, and last year was pretty amazing. The guides were great, and we were lucky enough to have Dyson AGAIN, as our guide this year. Love how much I learned, how fun it was and overall, gave me some amazing time in nature.

Crystal Dukes (source: Google Reviews)

Incredible adventure with the most amazing guide, Maddie! She was patient, informative, helpful and a blast to be with from start to finish. Maddie made our time together one we will never forget. I highly recommend considering Lasting Adventures for your next adventure. This is the first off the grid experience for me and I was truly blown away!

Phyllis C (source: Trip Advisor)

This was my fifth guided backpacking trip in the wilderness and by far the best. It’s all about the guides and Halle and Felicity were perfect: competent, easy to work with, smart and trustworthy. They set a perfect pace and didn’t “over teach” as some guides do. And the food! Pretty crazy that we could eat so well in the wilderness!

Things to know

  • What you get on this adventure:

      • An experienced, local hiking guide with extensive knowledge of the area
      • 4 or 5-day backpacking adventure in Olympic National Park
      • Backpacking permits
      • All meals once you’re in the backcountry, as listed in the itinerary
      • Backpacking equipment (upon request)
        • Backpacks
        • Single-person tents
        • Sleeping bags & pads
        • Trekking poles
        • Eating utensils
      • Group camping equipment
      • Group cooking gear and water filtration
      • First-aid kit
      • Overnights at camping sites
      • Insect repellant, toothpaste tablets, biodegradable soap, hand sanitizer, sunscreen, and toilet paper (if you require a unique type, bring only as much as you need for the trip)

    What’s not included:

      • Transportation to and from the meeting point
      • Travel insurance — recommended
      • Park entry fee
      • Accommodation before and after the trip
      • Guide gratuities — optional
  • The best thing about these Olympic guided backpacking trips is that they are open for beginner backpackers! However, even though no prior backpacking experience is necessary, you should actively engage in regular physical activities (such as hiking). Additionally, having a passion for the outdoors, exploration, and getting a little dirty are also good considerations. Depending on the adventure you choose, you’ll have 3 or 4 hiking days in a row, covering anywhere between 4 and 11 miles daily. Since there are no porters on these trips, you also have to be comfortable carrying a backpack weighing at least 20-25% of your body weight. Keep in mind that weather can vary greatly throughout the park and that it can be unpredictable. Still, summer is the best season for hiking with mostly pleasant, mild temperatures.

    Sol Duc and the Seven Lakes Basin Tour and Hoh Rainforest and the Blue Glacier Tour are both considered strenuous. You can check out the more detailed map with elevation profile of the tentative itinerary for the Sol Duc and the Seven Lakes Basin Tour here, and for the Hoh Rainforest and the Blue Glacier here. The North Coast Backpacking Trip is considered a bit less challenging, and it’s rated as moderate to strenuous.

    For more day-to-day details, mileages and elevation gains, check out the itineraries.

    If you’d like to explore a larger area, check out this guided hiking tour of Mount Rainier and Olympic National Park.

  • Here’s a list of the equipment you need to bring:

      • Water bottle or hydration bladder (2L capacity)
      • Personal medication
      • Headlamp or flashlight
      • Sunglasses
      • Camera — optional (but recommended)
      • Cards, small games, book and other things for entertainment at the camp — optional

    Here’s a list of clothing we recommend you bring:

      • Lightweight hiking boots or shoes
      • Camp sandals or shoes
      • Underwear (synthetic preferred for hiking) and long underwearSpare clothes for layering
      • Light waterproof rain jacket, fleece or wool jacket, and warm synthetic jacket for mornings and evenings
      • Lightweight hiking pants and shorts
      • Sunhat, beanie, bandanas/buffs, mosquito head net
      • Swimwear, camp pillow and towel

    Backpacks, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, trekking poles, camp pillows, bowls, mugs and sporks are all included in the price of the trip. If you have gear that you are comfortable using, it is recommended that you use your own gear.

    Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. Plan on additional warm layers for trips in May and late September-October trips, as the weather can fluctuate and may be below freezing at night.

  • Everything is included in the price of the trip! Backpacks, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, trekking poles, camp pillows, bowls, mugs and sporks—it’s all taken care of, just let us know on time that you need it. Insect repellant, toothpaste tablets, biodegradable soap, hand sanitizer, sunscreen, and toilet paper are also included in the price of the trip.

    If you have gear that you are comfortable using, it is recommended that you use your own gear. And if you require a unique type of toiletry items, bring only as much as you need for the trip.

  • Olympic National Park is home to a wide variety of wildlife. Raccoons, beaver, and mink live mostly in the lowlands, while deer, elk, cougars, and bears are to be found in valleys and mountain meadows. Despite their abundance, viewing wildlife is often a matter of luck and diligence.

    Keep in mind that you’re a guest in the animals’ natural habitat, meaning that you must follow a set of rules—one of the Leave No Trace principles. You should observe wildlife from a distance, never feed them, never chase them, or disturb them for a better photo. As long as you respect them, no problems should arise. Carrying bear spray is not advised in Olympic NP—instead of it, make sure that you never leave food unattended and use a bear can if necessary.

    Regardless of the local laws and policies, Lasting Adventures does not allow firearms on any of their trips. Participants who bring firearms will not be allowed to participate while in possession of their firearm.

  • You can expect excellent food throughout your backpacking trip in Olympic NP!

    Typical breakfasts might include burritos, oatmeals, pancakes, dried fruit, bagels, etc. For dinner, your guides will prepare a variety of pastas, risottos, beans, couscous, meats, vegetables, etc. Lunch will consist of trail food with fruits, vegetables, pita, bagels, salami, cheeses, hummus, trail mix, energy bars, etc.

    A variety of dietary choices (including, but not limited to vegan, vegetarian, peanut and/or tree nut allergy, lactose intolerant, celiac’s or gluten free, kosher) can be easily accommodated, just let your guides know in advance!

  • Group sizes and prices:

      • For these backpacking trips in Olympic National Park, the usual client-to-guide ratio is 5:1. The average group size is between 5 and 10 people.
      • The cost does not decrease as the group grows.

    Backpacking in Olympic NP can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.

    Min. age requirements:

      • If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
      • Minors younger than 18 may be permitted to join the hike on a case-by-case basis, but must be in the presence of a parent or legal guardian.

    If your group has hikers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

  • Depending on the tour you choose, the meeting point is either the Hoh Rainforest Visitor Center or Sol Duc Campground within Olympic National Park. To get there, the nearest airport is Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA). From there, renting a car is the easiest option to reach the meeting point and it will take you around 4 hours.

    Regardless of which adventure you choose, you’ll meet your guide at the given point at 4 pm on Day 1.

  • 57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity.

    We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, their guides, and the communities they’re traveling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Olympic NP, Washington, please refer to Washington’s COVID-19 travel status.

    Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information

  • Deposits

    You can secure one of the set dates with a 30% deposit upon booking. The remaining 70% of the trip price is to be paid 90 days prior to departure, at the latest.

    Secure your early bird spot with a 10% deposit! This tour gets sold out very quickly, but with early-bird booking, you will be the first one to know about any new upcoming dates. Pick your preferred dates without the risk of your bucket list adventure selling out!

      • Only 10% of the total amount should be paid as a deposit upon booking. This deposit is non-refundable, but can be transferred to another 57hours adventure anytime in case the dates don’t suit you.
      • Once the dates are set, you can confirm your booking by paying another 20% of the total amount.
      • The final balance is due 3 months (90 days) prior to departure.

    Cancellations

    Booking fees are non-refundable in all cases. During checkout, however, you can choose one of 57hours’ flexibility options:

    Basic

      • In case of cancellation within 48 hours after booking, the amount paid is fully refundable.
      • For cancellations 90 or more days before the trip, you are eligible for a 70% refund of the trip price.
      • For cancellations 0-89 days before the trip, there is no refund.

    Flexible

      • In case of cancellation within 48 hours after booking, the amount paid is fully refundable.
      • For cancellations 90 or more days before the trip, you are eligible for a full refund of the trip price.
      • For cancellations 60-89 days before the trip, you are eligible for a 50% refund of the trip price.
      • For cancellations 0-59 days before the trip, there is no refund.

    Super Flexible

      • In case of cancellation within 48 hours after booking, the amount paid is fully refundable.
      • For cancellations 60 or more days before the trip, you are eligible for a full refund of the trip price.
      • For cancellations 0-59 days before the trip, you are eligible for a 50% refund of the trip price.

    Please note that all dates remain tentative until permits are received after April 15. Please refrain from making travel arrangements until the dates are confirmed. We will contact you if your guides successfully obtain the permits for the exact dates above.

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