Olympic Coast

Olympic National Park: Olympic Coast

Trip Details

Navigate the rugged coastal rocks, explore tide-pools brimming with life, see petroglyphs, and learn about this area’s rich indigenous history on the Olympic Coast. The variety of terrain keeps it interesting, whether you’re climbing overland or scrambling around a head at low tide. Olympic National Park offers a wide variety of plant and animal life, including the starfish, seals, and seabirds that make their homes in and along the Pacific Ocean. Embrace the thrill of exploration and discovery on this four-night adventure on the Olympic Coast. This trip includes a visit to the Makah Museum in Neah Bay. The museum interprets and houses 300-500 year old artifacts recovered from the Ozette Archeological Site, just north of Cape Alava, one of the route’s camping locations.

We provide all needed gear, including boots and clothing if notified 4 weeks ahead of time. Food from lunch on the first day to lunch on the last day is provided, and we will send you a menu and food options form to fill out before your trip. Transportation is provided from the meet location in Edgewood.

Itinerary
  • Day 1: Gear up and orientation, visit to the Makah Museum, camp near trailhead
  • Day 2: Backpack 3 miles to first camp 
  • Day 3: Day hike (leave backpacks at camp) 3-6 miles along coastline.
  • Day 4: Backpack 3 miles to second camp.
  • Day 5: Backpack 3 miles back to trailhead
Learning Goals
  • Leave no trace
  • Gear management
  • Plant and wildlife identification
  • Basic backpacking skills such as cooking, campfires, filtering water, first-aid
  • Map reading
  • Local geography
  • Cultural history
Logistics
  • Meet Location: Sahale Outdoors, 5007 Pacific Hwy E #19, Fife, WA 98424
  • Meet Time: 9 AM
  • Pick-up Location: Sahale Outdoors, 5007 Pacific Hwy E #19, Fife, WA 98424
  • Pick-up Time: Approximately 4-6 PM, guides will reach out to guardians to communicate ETA
Gear Provided
  • Tent
  • Backcountry sleeping pad
  • Multi-day backpack
  • Sleeping bag
  • All meals from lunch the first day through lunch on the last day
  • All entrance fees, permits and passes 
  • First-aid kit and satellite phone
  • Group kitchen and food service gear
  • Water bottles
Packing List

Highlights

Coastline – Tidepools – Wildlife – History

Difficulty Level

Easy: Very little elevation gain and loss, 9-15 miles over four days, boardwalk and wide trails in the forest, some challenging footing over sand and boulders along the beach sections.


Length

Five days

2024 Schedule:

July 15-19: Middle School – FULL – Explore other trips or email trips@sahaleoutdoors.org to be put on the waitlist
July 22-25: High School – 4 spots left
August 19-23: Middle School – 5 spots left


Price: $900 per person

Includes gear rental, food, transportation, and all entrance fees, permits, and passes.

25% of the total trip cost is due at sign-up, with the remainder due one month before the trip date. You are welcome to pay in installments, contact trips@sahaleoutdoors.org to set up a payment plan.

Our mission is to make outdoor recreation accessible to all. If you cannot afford the total trip cost, send us a brief message to request a sliding scale pricing form.


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    Indigenous Land

    Quileute

    “Kwati was the changer and he liked to change things to make things better in this world for the people and as well for the animals that lived in this world also. When he got here, there were no people here but he saw two big timber wolves and the timber wolves are known to travel in pairs and they mate for life. He transformed these two wolves into the Quileute people. So this is the history of my people.

    Chris E. Morganroth, III, Quileute Tribal Elder

    The Quileute tribe has occupied the Pacific Coast, through the rainforest, rivers, and up to Mt. Olympus since time immemorial. They are not known to be related to any other people group, and are unrelated to the neighboring tribes. Oriented to the ocean, they fished and hunted sea mammals, including whales, and were reputedly recognized as the best sealers on the coast. Their red cedar canoes were engineering masterworks ranging in size from two-person sport models to 58-foot ocean going freight canoes capable of hauling three tons.

    With native languages around the world disappearing at an alarming rate, the preservation of the unique Quileute language, one of the few languages not known to be related to any other tongue, has been an important mission for the Quileute Nation.

    The Quileute people ask visitors recreating on their land to obey tribal rules and regulations, respect the privacy of residential communities, ask permission before taking photos of people, events, or activities, avoid picking up or removing artifacts or natural objects, and to not enter burial grounds and religious ceremonies, which are sacred.

    ~ This information was found on QuileuteNation.org.


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