Olympic National Park Family Adventure

Trip Length5 Days
Group Size4–12
Activity level
Starting from
$2,499 for REI Members
$2,799 for non-members
DeparturesJul 2024-Aug 2024

Spark the spirit of adventure in the whole family on this five-day hiking and camping trip to Olympic National Park.

One of North America's greatest wilderness areas, Olympic National Park has it all. The park boasts incredible environmental diversity—from scenic beaches to rainforests to mountains. A designated World Heritage Site and International Biosphere Reserve, the park is a wonderful learning environment for young scientists and parents alike. This trip takes us to the lush old growth of the Hoh rainforest, the dramatic beaches along the Olympic Coast and the exposed mountains of Hurricane Ridge.

Our days are spent exploring this beautiful area from every angle. Follow our expert guides as they share deep knowledge of one America's most visited national parks. Explore tide pools teeming with life, hike to Hurricane Hill for awe-inspiring mountain views, then go for an invigorating and informative hike among ancient trees and mossy creeks. Every member of the family will enjoy days out on the trail followed by evenings relaxing around the campfire.

Not traveling with kids under age 18? Check out our Olympic National Park Hiking & Camping trip or inquire about a private departure of this itinerary.

Enjoy the company of new friends and amazing guides on your trip to Olympic National Park.

Trip Highlights

  • Study sea life along the beautiful Washington Coast
  • Smell the wildflowers and listen to the call of marmots on Hurricane Ridge
  • Keep an eye out for Roosevelt elk in the majestic Hoh Rainforest
  • Peer into the clear waters of the Sol Duc, home to year-round salmon runs
  • Enjoy creative meals prepared by our talented guides

Activities

This trip is rated Easy Active [2]. Trip members should be capable of hiking 2 to 5 hours each day (up to 6 miles with options for additional hiking) with some steep ascents and descents and elevation gain and loss up to 650'.

  • Camping
  • Hiking

What's Included

Four nights camping accommodations; guide leadership; round-trip van transportation from Seattle, Washington; sleeping pads; meals as noted in the daily itinerary; all group camping equipment; park fees or permits and local taxes.

Accommodations

Established National Park Campground, 4 nights

Your Adventure Itinerary

Itinerary map for Olympic National Park Family Adventure
Day 1

Welcome to Olympic National Park!

Meet your guides and fellow travelers this morning at our host hotel near Sea-Tac Airport. We then load into our group van for a three-hour, scenic transfer to our first hike, iconic Hurricane Hill. Our trail is a wide pathway through a forest of pines and low shrubs to the top of this classic lookout. From the summit we'll enjoy panoramic views of Mount Baker, the craggy Bailey Range and, depending on conditions, possibly Mount Rainier. Hurricane Hill is a very exposed hike in the Hurricane Ridge area of Olympic National Park, known for high winds and sudden squalls. After giving our windbreakers a test at the summit, we continue our journey to camp with a short transfer to a forested campground, where we work together to set up our cozy group site for the next four nights. Lunch and dinner included.

Hiking: 3.2 miles, Elevation gain/loss: +650' / -650'; Van transfer: 4 hours

Day 2

Discover the legendary Elwha River

Our destination today takes us through impressive forests of Douglas fir and Western cedar, to the gorgeous fast flowing Elwha River. Originating from the Elwha Snowfinger, a perennial snow field near Dodwell Rixon Pass in the Olympic Range, the Elwha flows 45 miles in a northerly direction to the Strait of Juan de Fuca. The recent removal of two dams has allowed the mighty Elwha to once again run free, inviting steelhead and salmon to return to their native spawning grounds. After a day full of discovery, we swing by Sol Duc Hot Springs and take a dip in one of the warm mineral pools. All meals included.

Hiking: 5 miles, Elevation gain/loss: +300' / -300'; Van transfer: 2 hours

Day 3

Discover the wonders of the Hoh Rainforest

We start the day with a hearty camp breakfast before shuttling two hours to the enchanting Hoh Rainforest. Our first hike is through the Hall of Mosses, where green tendrils of moss drape majestically from bigleaf maple and towering Sitka spruce. Along the way we keep a close eye out for a variety of critters, both big and small. We'll learn about the valuable banana slug, which slowly makes its way across the forest floor, processing waste and converting it into humus. Or we may spy the commanding Roosevelt elk, the largest variety of elk in North America. We continue our explorations on the Spruce Nature Trail and learn more about how 170 inches of annual rainfall shapes this unique landscape. All meals included.

Hiking: 2 miles, Elevation gain/loss: Minimal; Van transfer: 4 hours

Day 4

Towering sea stacks and crashing waves await along the Olympic coast

We hit the beach today on a search for sea life and hidden treasures. Our destination will be chosen based on several factors including tides, weather, and trail conditions. Regardless of the trail, we're in for a day of fun exploring the nooks, crannies, and rocky crags of the Pacific Northwest coast. We'll search for tide pools alive with sea stars and comb beaches for colorful rocks, shells, and sea glass. We may even witness a bald eagle returning to a high perch on a stately Douglas fir or witness a playful sea otter running across the open beach. By the end of the day, we'll have developed a deeper appreciation for the wild Pacific Coast and leave with memories to last a lifetime. All meals included.

Hiking: Up to 4 miles, Elevation gain/loss: Up to 310'; Van transfer: 2 hours

Day 5

Explore the majestic Sol Duc Falls on our grand finale hike

We'll grab a breakfast to go this morning before heading out for our final hours on the trail. Our trail to Sol Duc Falls winds gently through dense, old-growth forest and is a perfect end to the diverse ecosystems found within the Olympics. Cascading 48 feet into a craggy canyon and emptying into the Sol Duc River, the falls are one of the most iconic viewpoints in the park. We continue our hike along the river and learn about the life cycle of local salmon and their importance to the Pacific Northwest region. After our last hike, we start our journey back to Seattle where we'll bid our guides and new friends farewell. Breakfast and lunch included.

Hiking: Up to 6 miles depending on route, Elevation gain/loss: Up to 200'; Van transfer: 4 hours

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