Olympic National Park

Last Updated 9/3/2007

Note: This trip is limited to 10 participants
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Beautiful Olympic National Park is 3 parks in one. See wild sea lions, enormous driftwood and Dali-like sea stacks on the last wild coastal beach in the USA. You’ll then hike through old growth rain forest through redolent fields of lupines, and stupendous views of Mt. Olympus. Cap this off by backpacking windswept ridges above tree line on the way to soothing hot springs.


Mt. Olympus

Menus

We don't believe in austere eating regimens. Backpacking is a rigorous, rewarding activity. You must feed your body in order for it perform. Your body will dictate that you eat often. It's important to have fuel to feed it. See what we have planned to eat. Note that this is not necessarily a comprehensive list. If you want to bring a big old chocolate cake, go for it. After carrying it 50 miles through the mountains, your body will most likely not desire the empty calories.

Itinerary

The Olympic National Park Fitpacking Trip will be from Aug 21 - Sep 2, 2007. Here is the proposed itinerary.

Equipment List

Here is a list of equipment we suggest you bring.

Trip Leaders

Steve Silberberg, who lives in Hull, MA has many years of backpacking experience over a variety of terrains and guides most Fitpacking trips. He is a certified Wilderness First Responder.

Heather Gillis is Ranger with Olympic National Park. We will be the beneficiaries of her extensive knowledge of the park as well as her winsome personality.

Cost

$1400 per person double occupancy. Here, double occupancy means that you will share hotel rooms with another trip participant. You may also want to share a tent with someone else. This part isn't a requirement, but it vastly will cut down on weight carried and allow you to enjoy hiking much more.

You will also be responsible for transportation to and from Port Angeles as well as any restaurant meals during off days.

Covered expenses include 3 nights in a hotel, trail food (3 meals per day), ground transportation, permits, satellite phone service, and two amazing guides.

Route

Our journey will begin at Lake Ozette on the Washington coast. We’ll hike the Pacific Coast for 4 days, camping in designated areas and watching the sun set over the Pacific Ocean. After leaving the coast, we'll stay a night in Forks, WA before entering the Hoh Rain Forest, where towering old growth have been standing for eons. We’ll soon hike above tree line to high ridges with amazing views of Mt. Olympus and the 7 lakes region. We'll hike through Appleton Pass, and although there will be no showers, the end of the trip takes us to Olympic Hot Springs for a well deserved wilderness soak.