Can't decide whether you prefer mountains or beach, boats or hiking? Experience all of these - and more - as we spend a week exploring the beauty of Olympic National Park. Olympic National Park, one of the gems of the Pacific Northwest, is beloved for its spectacular scenery and amazing array of ecosystems. Often referred to as "three parks in one," Olympic National Park encompasses miles of beach along the wild Pacific Coast, the towering peaks of the Olympic Mountains, and an incredible variety of old-growth and temperate rain forests. In August, it's one of the best places in the country to visit! The temperatures are pleasant, some wildflowers are still in bloom, and the usually omnipresent rain abates for a while. On this adventure, we'll use kayaks, rafts, and our feet as we sample the best the park has to offer. Maximum group size: 12;
|August 08 to August 15, 2020|
|$2825.00 - Available|
What's not included: Travel to and from Seattle, alcoholic beverages, snacks, guide gratuities, one dinner and travel insurance.
This trip is rated a 3 and is at the upper level of that rating. The hikes range from range from 5-9 miles. The terrain is hilly, and the trail is uneven in sections. As each day usually includes 4 to 6 hours of activity and the variety of activities (e.g. hiking and kayaking) require a good all-around fitness level. Rating: 1 2  4 5
Olympic National Park is made up of diverse ecosystems, and we'll explore it in diverse ways: kayaking on a large lake and later in saltwater; and hiking in the Hoh River Rain Forest, the largest temperate rain forest in the U.S., and in the mountains around Grand Lake. Being comfortable in water is important; no experience is needed for any of these activities - we'll teach you what you need to know.
We spend the first night at a hotel by Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (also referred to as Sea-Tac, SEA). Our hotel will have a free airport shuttle. Rooms will have 2 queen beds and en-suite bathrooms.
The next 2 nights are at the historic Lake Crescent Lodge in Olympic National Park. Rooms will have 2 queen beds and en-suite bathrooms.
We will spend the next 2 nights at an inn in Forks (Olympic Suites Inn or similar). At this location we will have two bedroom suites, where each suite shares one bathroom.
The final 2 nights at a hotel in Port Angeles (Red Lion Hotel Port Angeles or similar). Rooms will have 2 queen beds and en-suite bathrooms.
Below is the proposed itinerary for the trip. As is true on any adventure travel trip, plans for any specific day may be modified due to weather considerations, unforeseen circumstances, new opportunities, and group interests.
I liked lake crescent and the ammenties at the lodge. I did not care for karen and how the trip was about her and separating the group of women. She power hiked so fast for a level 3... it seemed to be a competition and not an enjoyable vacation. She provided no options... scout took care of the slow hikers and karen controlled the fast hikers. It seemed odd to meet up at lunch and karens crew were already eating lunch and sitting in the good spots and us average hikers had less time to eat and had to stand eating lunch. The climbing up the old rope on the beach looked unsafe. But it seemed like pier pressure for the crew. I stayed behind because it didnt look safe. We wont even address the bed i had to sleep in the night under the kitchen floor. If i hadnt called Mariann ... no one would have done anything. And the night we had to do dinner alone... our guides did nothing to make certain wewere all having a buddy. I walked the streets
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