Map of Hiking Washington's Olympic National Park and Mt Rainier including United States Of America

A hiking adventure with historic lodge accommodation and dramatic scenery

Discover the best of the Olympic Peninsula and Mount Rainier, from the high alpine ridges and glaciated volcanoes to dramatic waterfalls, wildlife, and lush rainforests. Hike along a ridge traverse 5,500 feet above sea level on a coastal hike to Shi Shi beach, one of the world’s most beautiful beaches, walk through the Hoh Rainforest and see some of the largest and oldest trees in Washington, and admire the Reflection Lakes at Mount Rainier. Add comfortable accommodation in historic lodges and a special outdoor dining experience prepared by your guide and you’ve got a wonderful hiking adventure.

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Terms & Conditions

Start
Olympia, United States
Finish
Olympia, United States
Destination
United States
Style
Original
Theme
Walking & Trekking
Code
SKXO
Physical rating
Ages
Min 12
Group size
Min 2, Max 10

Why you'll love this trip

  • Spend each night at historic lodges filled with charm and history, where a comfortable bed awaits, as well as opportunities for shorter hikes just outside the back door.

  • Explore the shimmering alpine lakes, fields of wildflowers, and tumbling waterfalls of North America’s most famous volcano, Mount Rainier.

  • Walk through coastal forests to Shi Shi Beach where pounding waves, rugged cliffs, tidal pools, and towering sea stacks create a memorable nature experience.

  • Join your guide at the famous Makah Museum and learn more about the cultural history of the local Makah people.

  • Hike up the wild Hoh River and explore everything this rainforest has to offer while you watch for sightings of the local wildlife like elk, deer, bald eagles, and more.

Is this trip right for you?

  • This is a walking trip; a good fitness level will help you enjoying all included walks and activities. Good clothing, appropriate footwear, and wet weather gear is a must.

  • On our final day there is no accommodation included so please plan your departure accordingly, or pre-book a post-tour night.

Itinerary

After this morning’s Welcome Meeting, take a scenic drive to the Olympic Peninsula and hike along the alpine wonderland of Hurricane Ridge where we’ll look across the Straits of Juan de Fuca to Vancouver Island and beyond. After plenty of playtime in these extraordinary mountains, drive back down to sea level and to your accommodation at a century-old hotel filled with charm and history. Showers and beds await, as well as opportunities for shorter hikes just outside the back door. Or you can lounge around, chat with your fellow travellers, and enjoy the lakefront views. Weather permitting, you will enjoy an outdoor dinner on the shore of Lake Crescent tonight.

It’s very important that you attend the welcome meeting this morning as we will be collecting insurance and emergency contact details at this time. If you are going to be late please let your travel agent or Intrepid know.
Included Activities
  • Hurricane Ridge hike
  • Lake Crescent shoreside outdoor dinner
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
Today’s driving time is approximately 3 hours. Today’s walking distance is approximately 8kms (5 miles) with a 300m (1000 feet) elevation gain.
After breakfast prepared by your guide, head west towards Neah Bah and the Makah Reservation where we will descend through coastal forests for two miles until you reach the pounding waves, rugged cliffs, tidal pools, and towering sea stacks at Shi Shi Beach. Soak up sweeping views of the Pacific coastline before you continue south towards the iconic Point of Arches where you’ll enjoy a gourmet beach lunch before the drive back to our accommodation. Along the way, stop by the famous Makah Museum and learn more about the cultural history of the Makah people. Tonight you will enjoy a wonderful restaurant dinner as a group.
Included Activities
  • Shi Shi Beach to Point of Arches hike
  • Makah Museum visit
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
Today’s driving time is approximately 1.5 hours. Today’s walking distance is approximately 8kms (5 miles) with a 70m (200 feet) elevation gain.
After breakfast, drive southwest towards the famous Hoh Rainforest, one of the nation’s largest temperate rainforests where you will see ancient towering trees, moss-draped nurse logs, incredible biodiversity, and abundant wildlife. From here, hike up the wild Hoh River and explore all that the rainforest has to offer. Elk, deer, black bears, bald eagles, and more await you at this incredible ecosystem. When you've had your fill of hiking, drive to Kalaloch Lodge, right on the Pacific coast and fall asleep to the sound of the waves crashing on the beach.
Included Activities
  • Hoh Rainforest & River hike
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
After breakfast, travel from the Olympic Peninsula to the Cascades and Mount Rainier where you will explore shimmering alpine lakes, fields of wildflowers, and tumbling waterfalls on the shoulders of North America’s most famous volcano. Start your hike near scenic Narada Falls then hike past famous, beautiful Reflection Lakes, aptly named for their stunning mirror image reflection of Mount Rainier. After your hike, check into your next historic hotel with the option to stroll down the Wonderland Trail just outside the door, or to relax on the veranda with views of Mount Rainier. After a delicious dinner, you will have time to gaze at the stars or take in a ranger talk at Longmire or Paradise.
Included Activities
  • Mount Rainier hike - Narada Falls, Reflection Lakes & Wonderland Trail
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
Today’s driving time is approximately 4 hours. Today’s walking distance is approximately 8kms (5 miles) with 1150 ft elevation gain.
After breakfast, explore the famous Paradise Meadows of Mt. Rainier, a sub-alpine wonderland of flowers, then head up the Skyline Trail towards Glacier Vista, with its panoramic views of the Nisqually Glacier. Keep an eye out for marmots, pikas, and mountain goats while you soak in views of Mt. Rainier and possibly even Mount Hood, Mount St Helens, and Mount Adams, three of the other major stratovolcanoes in the Cascades range. The Paradise area of Mt. Rainier is full of human history, and you'll have a chance to learn about it at Paradise Lodge and the Visitors’ Centre before you return to your accommodation.
Included Activities
  • Cascades range hike - Paradise Meadows to Glacier Vista
  • Paradise Lodge and Visitor Centre visit
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
Today’s driving time is approximately 30 minutes. Today’s walking distance is approximately 10kms (6 miles) with a 550m (1800 feet) elevation gain.
Your final day takes you up past torrential waterfalls and a beautiful creek, ending by the magnificent 100 metre drop of Comet Falls. Delicate ferns and subalpine plants, cooling water spray, and polished rock set the scene on this short but steep trail to one of Rainier’s lesser known highlights. Those feel bolder can continue up and onwards towards Van Trump Park, a beautiful alpine meadow filled with flowers and open vistas. Enjoy a final picnic lunch while keeping an eye out for any last wildlife sightings, then drive back to Olympia where your trip will come to an end.
Included Activities
  • Comet Falls hike
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Special Information
Today’s driving time is approximately 2 hours. Today’s walking distance is approximately 10kms (6 miles) with up to a 660m (2150 feet) elevation gain.

Meals

6 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners

Transport

Private vehicle

Accommodation

Mountain Lodge (5 nights)

Included activities

  • Hurricane Ridge hike
  • Lake Crescent shoreside outdoor dinner
  • Shi Shi Beach to Point of Arches hike
  • Makah Museum visit
  • Hoh Rainforest & River hike
  • Mount Rainier hike - Narada Falls, Reflection Lakes & Wonderland Trail
  • Cascades range hike - Paradise Meadows to Glacier Vista
  • Paradise Lodge and Visitor Centre visit
  • Comet Falls hike

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Important notes

Travellers on Intrepid trips are required to produce proof of full vaccination against COVID-19. Read details here.

1. A completed registration form is required to join these trips. You will not be confirmed for the trip until your form has been received and reviewed. We may ask for a medical release signed by your physician for medical conditions or circumstances which could possibly compromise your safety or the safety of others on this trip – please speak to your agent for further details.
2. Travellers on this particular trip are not required to produce proof of full vaccination against COVID-19.
3. A signed disclaimer (Acknowledgement of Risks Form) is required at the time of booking for this trip – please speak to your agent for further details.
4. To help ensure this trip is right for you, this trip is subject to additional ‘Essential Eligibility Requirements’ – see the ‘Itinerary Disclaimer’ section of the Essential Trip Information for further details
5. This trip is operated and run by our trusted partner, Wildland Trekking. You will be travelling with a mixture of both Wildland Trekking customers and Intrepid customers. Intrepid has worked very closely with Wildland Trekking to ensure that all of our customers will enjoy their time away, and experience all that the region has to offer.
6. Please note, pre-trip orientation meeting will take place at 5:00 PM day before trip starts via conference call. Early on the morning of day 1, you will be picked up from Double Tree by Hilton hotel in Olympia. We recommend you book a pre tour night in that hotel.
7. A single supplement is available. The single supplement applies to all nights of the trip and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.

Essential trip information

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