We will backpack a section of the Olympic Coast between the Quallyute River and Cape Alava. This trip is within Olympic National Park and is described by Douglas Lorain in 'Backpacking Washington’. The Olympic Coast is the longest stretch of wilderness coastline in the lower 48 states. It has spectacular scenery and abundant wildlife. Expect seals, sea lions, otters and eagles. A proposed itinerary follows below, but please be aware, our actual itinerary may vary depending on the availability of permits for the proposed route.
We begin at Rialto Beach on the Quallyute River and hike north, spending our first night at Cedar Creek (8.8 miles). We camp two nights at Cedar Creek, exploring the area and making a day hike to Ozette Lake. On day three, we hike to Sand Point (8.5 miles) and spend one night there. On Day 4 we hike to Cape Alava, before heading inland to our exit trailhead at Ozette Lake (6.4 miles).
This trip is rated medium and the pace will be moderate. Total backpacking distance is 24 miles with 600 feet of elevation gain. While the mileage is short, and there is not much elevation gain, we will often be hiking on sand or rocky beaches that my be slippery. The weather may not be good, so be prepared for rain and wind. We will be four days on the trail with an additional travel day at each end.
Note that because of abundant and aggressively thieving raccoons, we are required to carry bear canister for food storage.
We will camp at the Mora Campground when not on the trail. Please contact leader at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up or for further information.
Driving Distance: 622 miles RT