Olympic National Park Hiking & Camping

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

From ocean to mountains to beaches, this five-day hiking and camping adventure celebrates the best of Olympic National Park.

With its soaring peaks, pristine coastlines and dense rainforests, it’s not hard to see why Olympic National Park is a popular destination. Opportunities for exploration abound in each distinctly diverse landscape. From the sea stacks of the rugged coast to the mountaintop views at Hurricane Ridge to the dense undergrowth of the Hoh Rainforest, there is something new to discover each day.

Whether standing beneath the canopy of an old growth forest or hiking to the top of a windswept summit, our expert guides lead the way. They provide invaluable perspective on the natural and human history of Olympic National Park. They provide tips and tricks on making the most of your time on the trail. And as a bonus, they whip up delicious Northwest inspired meals that we share with new friends.

World-class hiking, fantastic outdoor camaraderie, and an awe-inspiring Pacific Northwest setting combine to create an unforgettable Olympic National Park hiking and camping adventure.

Moody clouds and peek-a-boo views of the rugged Olympic Mountains add to the mystique of magical Olympic National Park.

Trip Highlights

  • Stand among stately sea stacks on the edge of the Pacific
  • Wander through the lush Hoh Rain Forest
  • Feel the spray of Sol Duc Falls
  • Hike Hurricane Ridge for expansive views


This trip is rated Moderate [3]. Trip members must be capable of hiking 5 to 8 hours each day (up to 10 miles) carrying a day pack weighing 10-15 pounds. The terrain is varied with some steep ascents and descents and elevation gain and loss up to 2,000’.

  • Hiking
  • Camping

What's Included

Four nights camping accommodations; guide leadership; round-trip van transportation from Seattle, Washington; all group camping equipment; park fees or permits and local taxes.


Established National Park Campground, 4 nights

Your Adventure Itinerary

Itinerary map for Olympic National Park Hiking & Camping
Day 1

Welcome to Olympic National Park! Explore the legendary Elwha River

We meet our guides and fellow travelers at our host hotel near the Seattle Airport early this morning for a brief orientation before our drive to Olympic National Park. We’ll hop into the van and enjoy a provided sack breakfast on the way to our first stop, the Elwha River. Our introductory hike 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 our first hours on the trail, we transfer to our campground where we work together to set up our forested home-away-from-home for the next four nights. All meals included.

Hiking: 5 miles, Elevation gain/loss: +1,243’/-1,243’; Van transfer: 4 hours

Day 2

Discover the magical Hoh Rainforest & mossy old growth trees

Today is spent discovering the treasures of the gorgeous Hoh Valley. We wander deep into the moss-covered wilderness along the glacial Hoh River, all the while keeping an eye out for a variety of wildlife that call the forest home. As one of the wettest places in the United States, fern, moss, lichen, waterfalls, and giant old-growth forest dominate the landscape and provide a majestic wonderland of biodiversity. Emerging from the dense evergreen cover, Mount Tom, Mount Olympus, and the High Divide tower in the distance. Our guides deepen the experience by providing insight into the natural history of the forest. All meals included.

Hiking: 10.6 miles, Elevation gain/loss: + 300’ / -800’; Van transfer: 4 hours

Day 3

Lake Ozette to Cape Alava along the rugged Northwest Coast

At eight miles long and three miles wide, Lake Ozette is the largest unaltered natural lake in Washington State, and where we begin today’s exploration. Our loop hike takes us from evergreen trees and licorice ferns to the wild coast of Cape Alava. The picturesque landscape we find hiking along the coast of Olympic National Park provides a gorgeous backdrop to a day filled with discoveries. We hike along boardwalks in the marsh, among sea stacks on the beach, listening for the howl of wind through towering natural arches and search for a variety of sea creatures in tide pools teeming with life. Don’t forget your camera, as we may even catch a glimpse of a playful sea otter or a soaring bald eagle returning from a hunt. All meals included.

Hiking: 9.4 miles, Elevation gain/loss: + 200’ / -200’; Van transfer: 4 hours

Day 4

Hike to Sol Duc Falls and Deer Lake

Cascading 48 feet down a narrow, rocky canyon along the Sol Duc River, spectacular Sol Duc Falls are a park favorite and will be our first stop today. Past the roaring falls, the trail steepens as we begin our climb through the towering old growth cedar, hemlock, and silver fir trees. Crossing several scenic wooden bridges, we finally emerge from the tree canopy at peaceful Deer Lake. After relaxing at the lake, we retrace our steps and head back to camp for another hearty meal and our last night under the stars. All meals included.

Hiking: 6.3 miles, Elevation gain/loss: +1,935/ -1,935; Van transfer: Minimal

Day 5

Hurricane Ridge high country vistas then head back to Seattle

After a final breakfast together, we pack up our things and say goodbye to camp. Our final hike today takes us to beautiful Hurricane Ridge with a stop at the Olympic National Park Interpretive Center en route. High atop the aptly named ridge, today’s hike toward Mount Angeles delivers non-stop expansive views of the mighty Olympic Mountains, home to approximately 60 extraordinary glaciers. On a clear day we will see from Mount Christie in the south to the Bailey Range in the north. Wildflowers often blanket the steep, sunny, summer slopes while deer peacefully roam the hillsides. We expect to be back at the host hotel near Seattle’s airport late this afternoon. Breakfast and lunch included.

Hiking: Up to 6 miles depending on route, Elevation gain/loss: Up to 1,100’; Van transfer: 4 hours

Itinerary map for Olympic National Park Hiking & Camping

Gear List

The key to staying comfortable while on an active trip is layering. To get maximum comfort with minimum weight, you need versatile layers that mix and match to create the right amount of insulation. This gear list is provided to help you in choosing your equipment and clothing for this trip. Try to bring only what is necessary.

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