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Hiking in Mount Rainier and Olympic National Park

Mt. Rainier & Olympic NP | Washington
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Top three reasons to hike the Olympic and Mt. Rainier NP

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    Marvel at the rare animals and different plant species

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    Dramatic landscapes and ecoregions provide unforgettable views

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    Discover the Pacific Northwest from its coastal waters to the highest mountain

Known for several national parks, breathtaking mountains, and a stunning coastline, the Pacific Northwest is a heaven for avid hikers and nature enthusiasts. The Olympic and Mount Rainier National Parks put you in the perfect position to discover the region’s astonishing landscapes ranging from the spectacular coastal waters in the west to Washington’s highest mountain, Mt. Rainier (14,417 ft / 4,394 m), in the Cascades. With lush forests, abundant wildlife, colossal rock formations, and mirror-like lakes you can kayak across, Olympic NP will make even the most challenging hikes worthwhile. While making your way to Mount Rainier, revel in the majestic views of this glacial stratovolcano and, upon reaching the splendid alpine meadows teeming with wild blueberries and huckleberries, admire the exquisite marmots and pikas occupying the area.

Season

September

Nearest city

Seattle, WA, is about 2 hours away from both locations

Duration

7 days

Duration

Intermediate to advanced

Itineraries

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7-day Hiking Adventure With a Guide

7 days

Enjoy a 7-day hiking exploration of the Pacific Northwest in the jaw-dropping Olympic and Mount Rainier National Parks and discover what makes them so spectacular. Let your knowledgeable guide navigate you through the various ecoregions and immerse yourself in hiking while enjoying the views of abundant wildlife, colossal mountains, alpine meadows and unique plant species. Kayak across the stunning Lake Crescent, set up camps in various spots along the parks, marvel at the impressive Mount Rainier and much more! Wrap up this hiking experience by heading to Seattle and exploring this famous city.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Seattle and Hurricane Ridge

After arriving at SeaTac International Airport by 11:00 AM, your guide will pick you up and transfer you to Olympic National Park. Your adventure will begin with a short afternoon hike along Hurricane Ridge, one of the most visited sites in the national park offering breathtaking views of the Olympic Range. Tonight, you’ll set up camp at Sol Duc Campground, have dinner, get to know one another, and review the itinerary for the rest of your adventure.

Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park

Day 2: Kayaking on Lake Crescent

After your breakfast, pack up and head to the magnificent Lake Crescent for a morning paddle on its blue waters. While soaking up the expansive landscapes, pay attention to the birds overhead. After the kayaking adventure, head to the Hoh Rainforest for a hike through the lush forest. You’ll have lunch and, in the evening, set up camp on Kalaloch Beach, one of the most spectacular spots on the entire peninsula.

Kayaks on Lake Crescent in Olympic National Park

Day 3: Exploring the coast

On the third day of this exciting adventure, you’ll have breakfast and start exploring the coast. Witness the massive rock formations along the water and marvel at the famous Tree of Life which has not stopped thriving in spite of not having roots to hold it properly. Learn about the aquatic wildlife where the huge conifers grow right to the water’s edge and in the evening, have your delicious dinner and get ready for the next day.

Tree of Life in Olympic national park

Day 4: Mount Rainier National Park

After your breakfast and packing up the camp, make the drive off the peninsula to Ashford, at the foot of Mount Rainier (Tahoma). Lunch and dinner stops will be made, but are not included in the price. Tonight you’ll camp at Cougar Rock just inside the park’s entrance.

A view of Mount Rainier from Cougar Rock

Day 5: Hiking on Mount Rainier

Today marks the most challenging day of hiking with a full day hike on Mount Rainier. The goal is to reach Camp Muir. After breakfast, you’ll continue hiking with a steady elevation gain above treeline with sweeping views along the way. Revel in the sightings of marmots, pikas and possibly black bears (from a distance) as you make your way through the alpine meadows. The final turnaround point will depend on the conditions and overall group pace, but you should be prepared for up to 8.5 miles (13.7 km) and 4500 ft (1370 m) of elevation gain. Have lunch and in the evening, you’ll have a hearty dinner back at the camp.
For those who prefer a more moderate adventure, short, alternate walks will be available around the visitor center for you to do at your own pace.

Camp Muir at Mt. Rainier

Day 6: Exploring Seattle

After breakfast in the morning, go for a short morning walk. You’ll pack up camp and head back to Seattle to explore the city. The activities may include a visit to Pike Place Market, the Chihuly sculpture garden, or one of the many regional tribal cultural centers. Hotel accommodations are included, so you can enjoy a well-deserved shower today. In the evening, you’ll enjoy a final group dinner, which is, just like lunch, not included in the price.

Seattle with Mt. Rainier in the background

Day 7: Departure

Your guide will transport the group to the SeaTac International Airport at 10:00 AM. 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. You’ll say goodbye to your guide after an amazing adventure together. No meals are included in the price on this day.

Seattle–Tacoma International Airport
Reviews

Reviews (4)

Truly Awesome
Vasili K. about Good Trip Adventures on TripAdvisor

Can’t say how much I loved this private tour. My guide Amy was so accommodating before and during the tour to make sure it matched what I was looking to do and at my level of hiking. I didn’t want to be around any people and I got a full experience of Olympic National Park. Amy was extremely knowledgeable of all the mountains, fauna and geography of the are and gave great tips on how to stay safe and alert. Amazing experience!

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Audrey about Good Trip Adventures on TripAdvisor

We had an amazing trip! The guides were cool, personable, well-informed, and attentive. My family loved them and I will definitely book them again. Thanks, guys!

Cait Downey about Good Trip Adventures on Facebook

Such thorough, safe planning! Real pros and really fun! Can’t recommend them highly enough!

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Well thought out and fun trips with Good Trip! I can’t recommend them enough. Good Trip Adventures will take your vacation to the next level!

Things to know

Things to know

Covid measures in Olympic National Park and Mount Rainier National Park, WA

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, guides and the communities they’re traveling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Olympic National Park and Mount Rainier National Park, WA, please refer to the Washington State Department of Health, NPS Olympic National Park and NPS Mount Rainier website.

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!

What’s included?

What you get on this adventure:

    • Experienced, medically-trained private hiking guide with extensive knowledge of the area
    • 7 days of hiking
    • Round-trip transportation to and from the airport
    • Campsite reservations and fees
    • One night in a 2-3* hotel in Seattle (double occupancy)
    • Tent, sleeping pad, and group camping equipment
    • Kayaking
    • Meals during camping
    • Park entry fees

What’s not included:

    • Sleeping bag (can be rented)
    • Meals on the road or in town (breakfast and lunch on Day 1, lunch and dinner on Days 4 and 6, and breakfast, lunch and dinner on Day 7)
    • Personal camping gear

How fit do I need to be?

In order to participate in this hiking adventure, you need to be a fit traveler with some hiking experience. Most days will include hikes that are approximately 3-4 miles (4.9 km – 6.5 km) long 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 may find challenging—you should be prepared for up to 8.5 miles (13.7 km) and 4500 ft (1,370 m) of elevation gain on this day. This hike is optional, though, with more moderate alternatives available for those who would like to opt out. Keep in mind that you’ll be carrying daypacks or backpacks with water, snacks, and camping gear throughout the adventure.

What do I need to bring?

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

    • Day pack large enough to carry all the items listed (around a 15-30L bag)
    • Luggage (can be left in the vehicle, 1 small suitcase per person)
    • Sleeping bag rated to 20 degrees or below (can be rented)
    • Pack cover
    • Reusable water bottles or bladders (3L total capacity)
    • Hiking poles
    • Cotton or silk sleeping bag liner — optional, recommended if renting
    • Travel pillow
    • Down, puffy fleece warm jacket
    • Waterproof rain jacket or shell
    • Rain pants
    • Lightweight hiking pants
    • Warm clothes to sleep in
    • Warm hat
    • Gloves
    • Sun hat with a brim
    • Wool socks
    • Breathable wicking base layers
    • Spare clothes for layering
    • Comfortable clothes for camps
    • Hiking boots
    • Sandals or camp shoes
    • Earplugs
    • Small, personal first aid kit (including blister treatment)
    • Small, quick dry towel
    • Buff or neck scarf
    • Toiletries (sunscreen, hand sanitizer, insect repellent, toilet paper, etc.)
    • Headlamp
    • Sunglasses
    • Camera — optional (but recommended)

Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. Layers are best and don’t wear jeans.

Group sizes and age requirements

Group sizes and prices:

    • For this group hiking adventure, the usual client to guide ratio is 8:1.
    • It takes a minimum of 4 people for this tour to operate. The cost does not decrease as the group grows.

Hiking in Olympic National Park and Mount Rainier National Park 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.

Getting there and meeting location

To get to Olympic National Park and Mount Rainier National Park, most people fly into Seattle–Tacoma International Airport about 2 hours away from Olympic National Park and Mount Rainier National Park.

Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, your guide will ask you to plan the arrival at Seattle–Tacoma International Airport by 11:00 am PST on Day 1. The 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 the airport) by 10:00 am PST if you choose to arrive a day early. The guide will choose the appropriate terrain dependent on conditions and the ability of the group.

On Day 7, your guide will transport the group to the airport at 10:00 AM PST. 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.

Deposit and cancellation policy

The deposit is $790 per person. Once the trip is confirmed, the following cancellation policy applies.
Cancellations made more than 30 days before the trip start date will receive a refund, less a 20% cancellation fee. Cancellations made within 30 days of a trip start date will receive no refund.

Participants exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, who receive a positive test result, or who have had direct exposure to a positive case within 14 days of a trip’s departure will be asked to postpone their booking to a later date (additional fees may apply).Good Trip Adventures monitors the communities we visit. Should any situations arise which we consider detrimental to group safety, a trip departure may be canceled or postponed. In the event of such a cancellation, full or partial refunds or trip credits will be offered.
Good Trip Adventures is not responsible for the cost of any flight changes or additional travel expenses if a participant is requested to change trip dates for safety reasons. Depending on current travel restrictions, participants may be asked to provide a negative COVID test upon arrival for a trip.

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