On this Olympic National Park hiking tour, natural diversity abounds and native roots run deep.
By the great stone fireplace of your lakeside lodge, Native American storyteller Harvest Moon holds you riveted with tales of the Quinault people. Listening, you realize that each story connects intimately with the land. The very place you’ve been walking through on this Olympic National Park hiking tour, with its giant cedars and crashing waves, seals and whales, eagles and elk. On the Olympic Peninsula, exuberant nature is alive and well: untamed Pacific coastlines; old-growth rainforests replete with moss; thundering waterfalls, hot springs, and snowcapped peaks. A profusion of untamed landscapes, all made accessible by one of America’s oldest walking trail networks. And all made cozy by historic park lodges like this. As Harvest begins a new tale, and another log blazes on the fire, let your roots sink deeper into this fertile land.
- Gain a fascinating perspective on Native American culture as a Quinault elder shares her stories and legends with you over a glass of wine.
- Explore the enigmatic Mima Mounds Natural Preserve as your guide shares theories on the creation of this vast prairie of six-foot-high earthen hummocks.
- Marvel at majestic Sol Duc Falls, then descend to Sol Duc Hot Spring Resort for a relaxing soak followed by a cold beverage.
Lake Quinault Lodge
A rustic lakeside lodge built in 1926, Lake Quinault Lodge offers comfortable, contemporary rooms in the heart of Olympic National Park. Relax and take in the Lodge’s beautiful surroundings while staying in rooms that are naturally cooled without air conditioning, allowing you to truly immerse yourself in this serene setting.
A comfortable National Park lodge offering cabin-style accommodations, situated on a high bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. With a backdrop of evergreen forest and views overlooking driftwood-lined beaches of the Pacific, Kalaloch Lodge is the only coastal accommodation along this stretch of Olympic National Park. Simple rooms do not have televisions, telephones, or air conditioning, allowing you to appreciate your natural surroundings.
Lake Crescent Lodge
A rustic lakeside lodge built in 1915, Lake Crescent Lodge offers comfortable, contemporary rooms in natural surroundings of giant fir and hemlock trees on the shores of Lake Crescent. Simple rooms are naturally cooled without air conditioning, letting you appreciate the Lodge’s location within Olympic National Park.
|Exceptional boutique accommodations|
|16 on-tour meals: 5 breakfast, 6 lunches, 5 dinners|
|Local guides with you throughout tour|
|Local wine and/or beer with dinner|
|Travel assistance available 24/7 provided by Allianz Global Assistance|
|Telescopic walking sticks provided on tour|
Expert Local Guides
Experience your destination like an insider with people who call it home.
Eric Kessler studied the natural history of the Olympic Peninsula in college and has explored its jagged peaks and forested valleys as a wilderness traveler ever since. Eric has guided worldwide and pursues his parallel photography career documenting the planet’s native peoples and ecosystems, including 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. Eric often guides in our National Parks with his partner and co-guide 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. During the winters, Heather leads People to People tours in Cuba with her partner and frequent co-guide Eric Kessler.