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Guided Walking : North America

Washington: Olympic Peninsula

Easy to Moderate Terrain: 4-9 Miles Daily

5.0 (4 reviews)

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A landscape of monumental trees clad in green epiphytes, wild rivers, giant ferns, and rugged beaches scattered with driftwood awaits you on the Washington coast. The largest temperate rainforest on the planet, Olympic National Park is unspeakably lush, with cathedral groves of sitka spruces sheltering herds of Roosevelt elk, subalpine meadows, and mossy river banks concealing merganser nests and otters. Here, you’ll float the Elwha River with a conservationist guide instrumental in its restoration, spotting eagles and marveling at the dense green riverbanks. You’ll peer into tidal pools alive with starfish and vivid green anemones during a walk on Ruby Beach, and pass imposing sea stacks, basking seals, and wave-skimming oystercatchers as you go. Savor the bounty of the peninsula during wine tastings and delicious meals that showcase the region’s fresh salmon, local cheeses, and organic produce. It’s a region unlike any in North America, home to a rich diversity of climates and landscapes—an ideal walking destination for travelers hoping to experience it all.


Tour Highlights:
  • Enjoy a rare perspective on Native American traditions when our friend Harvest Moon, a Quinault storyteller, joins you for a relaxed evening of coffee and dessert.
  • Investigate the otherworldly Mima Mounds with our naturalist guides. Theories as to what caused these huge earthen mounds range from pocket gophers to major earthquakes.
  • Cap a beautiful walk past the iconic Sol Duc Falls by relaxing (and sipping a cold beverage) in Sol Duc Hot Springs.
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6 days, 5 nights

FROM $3,298 USD

per person, double occupancy



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Itinerary & Accommodations

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Day 1

Transfer to Lake Quinault

Approaching Olympic National Park, you enter into a landscape of majestic Douglas firs and red cedars. Stop en route to explore the Mima Mounds Natural Preserve, where you’ll explore an enigmatic prairie of six-foot-high mounds. Enjoy an optional second walk through temperate rainforest to arrive at your lodge on foot.

Accommodation: Lake Quinault Lodge, Quinault

A rustic lakeside lodge offering comfortable, contemporary rooms in the heart of the Olympic National Forest.

Day 2

Graves Creek to Pony Bridge and Quinault Valley

Start your day with a visit to the world’s largest Sitka spruce before rambling along the Quinault River through a magnificent forest of giant firs and cedars, perhaps glimpsing Roosevelt elk. Eat lunch beside Pony Bridge and, in the evening, enjoy drinks by the fire with our friend Harvest Moon, a Quinault elder and storyteller.

Accommodation: Lake Quinault Lodge, Quinault

A rustic lakeside lodge offering comfortable, contemporary rooms in the heart of the Olympic National Forest.

Day 3

Kalaloch to the Pacific Coast

Heading to Kalaloch, enjoy the Pacific Ocean during a walk along Ruby Beach, a pristine region of tidal pools, sea-stack rock formations, and colossal mounds of driftwood. Keep an eye out for pelicans, eagles, seals, and whales. In the afternoon, stroll through the incredibly lush Hoh Rainforest, through groves of 300-foot-tall spruces draped in moss and licorice ferns.

Accommodation: Kalaloch Lodge, Forks

A comfortable National Park lodge offering cabin-style accommodations, situated on a high bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Rooms do not have televisions or telephones.

Day 4

Sol Duc Valley and Lake Crescent

After breakfast overlooking Kalaloch Creek, enjoy a walk that begins at the iconic Sol Duc Falls and climbs 1,500 feet through changing forest zones to stunning Deer Lake, a jewel nestled in subalpine meadows between high ridges. Alternately, you may enjoy an easier jaunt down Lover’s Lane Trail to quaint Sol Duc Hotspring resort, where you can soak in healing mineral waters.

Accommodation: Lake Crescent Lodge, Port Angeles

A historic National Park lodge offering cottage and motel units nestled among giant fir and hemlock, and overlooking stunning Lake Crescent. Rooms do not have televisions or telephones.

Day 5

Hurricane Hill trail

Head to Hurricane Ridge for a walk on the majestic Hurricane Hill trail. Here, you take in the sweeping grandeur of the Olympic Mountain Range to the south and the San Juan Island to the north. This afternoon, head to the former Elwha Dam site and discover how it’s being removed to restore salmon runs in the area.

Accommodation: Lake Crescent Lodge, Port Angeles

A historic National Park lodge offering cottage and motel units nestled among giant fir and hemlock, and overlooking stunning Lake Crescent. Rooms do not have televisions or telephones.

Day 6

Marymere Falls

Enjoy a final walk to Marymere Falls and take in the dramatic 90-foot plunge of water. Depart for Seattle via Bainbridge Ferry, stopping on the way to enjoy a special lunch.

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Day 1

Transfer to Lake Quinault

Approaching Olympic National Park, you enter into a landscape of majestic Douglas firs and red cedars. Stop en route to explore the Mima Mounds Natural Preserve, where you’ll explore an enigmatic prairie of six-foot-high mounds. Enjoy an optional second walk through temperate rainforest to arrive at your lodge on foot.

Accommodation: Lake Quinault Lodge, Quinault

A rustic lakeside lodge offering comfortable, contemporary rooms in the heart of the Olympic National Forest.

Day 2

Graves Creek to Pony Bridge and Quinault Valley

Start your day with a visit to the world’s largest Sitka spruce before rambling along the Quinault River through a magnificent forest of giant firs and cedars, perhaps glimpsing Roosevelt elk. Eat lunch beside Pony Bridge and, in the evening, enjoy drinks by the fire with our friend Harvest Moon, a Quinault elder and storyteller.

Accommodation: Lake Quinault Lodge, Quinault

A rustic lakeside lodge offering comfortable, contemporary rooms in the heart of the Olympic National Forest.

Day 3

Kalaloch to the Pacific Coast

Heading to Kalaloch, enjoy the Pacific Ocean during a walk along Ruby Beach, a pristine region of tidal pools, sea-stack rock formations, and colossal mounds of driftwood. Keep an eye out for pelicans, eagles, seals, and whales. In the afternoon, stroll through the incredibly lush Hoh Rainforest, through groves of 300-foot-tall spruces draped in moss and licorice ferns.

Accommodation: Kalaloch Lodge, Forks

A comfortable National Park lodge offering cabin-style accommodations, situated on a high bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Rooms do not have televisions or telephones.

Day 4

Sol Duc Valley and Lake Crescent

After breakfast overlooking Kalaloch Creek, enjoy a walk that begins at the iconic Sol Duc Falls and climbs 1,500 feet through changing forest zones to stunning Deer Lake, a jewel nestled in subalpine meadows between high ridges. Alternately, you may enjoy an easier jaunt down Lover’s Lane Trail to quaint Sol Duc Hotspring resort, where you can soak in healing mineral waters.

Accommodation: Lake Crescent Lodge, Port Angeles

A historic National Park lodge offering cottage and motel units nestled among giant fir and hemlock, and overlooking stunning Lake Crescent. Rooms do not have televisions or telephones.

Day 5

Hurricane Hill trail

Head to Hurricane Ridge for a walk on the majestic Hurricane Hill trail. Here, you take in the sweeping grandeur of the Olympic Mountain Range to the south and the San Juan Island to the north. This afternoon, head to the former Elwha Dam site and discover how it’s being removed to restore salmon runs in the area.

Accommodation: Lake Crescent Lodge, Port Angeles

A historic National Park lodge offering cottage and motel units nestled among giant fir and hemlock, and overlooking stunning Lake Crescent. Rooms do not have televisions or telephones.

Day 6

Marymere Falls

Enjoy a final walk to Marymere Falls and take in the dramatic 90-foot plunge of water. Depart for Seattle via Bainbridge Ferry, stopping on the way to enjoy a special lunch.

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Dates & Prices

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2016 Dates Per person, double occupancy Single Supplement
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Sep 11 - Sep 16 $3,298 $748

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2017 Dates Per person, double occupancy Single Supplement
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Jun 25 - Jun 30 $3,398 $898
Jul 9 - Jul 14 $3,398 $898
Aug 20 - Aug 25 $3,398 $898
Sep 10 - Sep 15 $3,398 $898
Sep 17 - Sep 22 $3,398 $898

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You can transform this itinerary into an exclusive experience for you and your fellow guests. Enjoy all the same walks and inclusions as on our traditional tours, in the company of the same expert guides. Simply gather your friends, choose your preferred departure date, and we’ll take care of the rest.

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Guides

Guides

Our guides' experience, dedication, and enthusiasm make them ideal ambassadors for your destination. They chart the course, finesse the details, and speak the language (English, as well as the local language). They also possess a truly rare skill, knowing when to let serendipity and inspiration take the lead.

Eric Kessler
Eric Kessler

One of our most veteran guides, Eric Kessler has guided over twenty years with Country Walkers! After studying the natural history of the Olympic Peninsula in college and exploring its jagged peaks and forested valleys as a wilderness traveler, he went on to devote his career to sharing this remarkable national park with guests. Eric has guided worldwide and pursues his parallel photography career documenting the planet’s native peoples and ecosystems. He is currently working on a writing/photo project on the Olympic Peninsula’s Elwha River, which was part of the largest dam removal and watershed restoration project in US history.

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Heather Harding

Heather Harding has been guiding for many years on both Washington’s Olympic Peninsula, where she lives, and in the canyons and plateaus of the Southwest, where she earned college degrees in biology and Southwest Studies. Heather brings a world-wide background of whale research and Waldorf teaching to her guiding. Heather winters on Maui, where she runs her non-profit whale foundation, with her partner and frequent co-guide Eric Kessler.

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Reviews

November 2015

“The Olympic Pennisula was beautiful…great hiking. Great group of people. Incredible wines and wonderful food. And just love our guide, *** (2nd trip with her)….so knowledgeable and caring. Also enjoyed ***, our other guide. I’ve been with other hiking companies and yours is the best!

November 2015

“This is my second hike with Country Walkers and I couldn’t be happier! Every detail is attended to…. all I have to do is show up! I enjoyed the hiking, as the terrain, level of difficulty and length of hike varied daily. The end of the day brought a room with comforts and a meal to applaud! Our guides were exceptional. Their attention to details, on the trail, as well as on the road and from breakfast to the end of dinner are reflective of their dedication to their job, the environment and their passion for all the Olympic Peninsula has to offer! It was a great experience!”

November 2015

“One of my favorite walks! I usually walk Europe but this time I tried the USA and I wasn’t disappointed. The trip was made all the more fabulous by the incredible guides. They were fantastic. ”

November 2015

“Nice trip, informative and helpful leaders, beautiful scenery. The float trip was a lovely addition. Highly recommended.”

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