We combine great hikes, good people, the best accommodations in the area and lots of laughs with an examination of what natural silence is, why it’s important, and what it feels like to engage with it. Olympic National Park is considered one of the last bastions of natural silence in the U.S.A. and the quietest place in North America. You’ll follow in the footsteps of Roosevelt elk and black tail deer, discover tumbling waterfalls that feed into the crystalline Hoh River, explore wild beaches at low-tide, sample up to a dozen types of wild berries and decompress under canopies of moss-draped big leaf maples spreading out overhead. Get outside, slow down, tune in, and enjoy this magical place with us.
The flow of the tour has been carefully crafted to maximize your time outside and provide quality access to as many of the highlights the National Park has to offer as possible. Each of the lodgings has accessible walks and trails nearby, providing opportunities for self-exploration. We’ll be walking, exploring and learning together each day as well – tailoring the distances and timing to you as we circumnavigate the Park. We aim to minimize transfer and vehicle time, but the Olympic National Park is massive and remote that some vehicle time is required each day. All of the hikes can accommodate a wide range of ability levels and interests.
For three refreshing days, leave behind the bustle of the city to unwind in the beauty of Olympic National Park’s pristine beaches, rivers, forests, and mountains. Follow in the footsteps of Roosevelt elk and black tail deer, discover tumbling waterfalls that feed into the crystalline Hoh River, decompress under a canopy of green as moss-draped Big-Leaf Maples spread upwards overhead.
The flow of your walking tour has been carefully crafted to maximize your time outside and provide quality access to as many of the highlights the National Park has to offer as possible. We’ll be walking each day – tailoring distances and timing to you as we circumnavigate the National Park. We aim to minimize transfer and vehicle time – Olympic National Park is massive so some vehicle time is required each day.
Day 1: Lake Crescent & the Pacific Coast Beaches
Puget Sound, Lake Crescent, Marymere Falls, & the Pacific Coast.
You’ll explore beautiful bodies of water and their stories. Starting in Seattle, leave the bustle of the city behind on a morning ferry crossing of the bottomless Puget Sound while you keep lookout for seals, whales, and porpoises. Learn the story of the remarkable Elwha river restoration – the largest on-going dam removal project on Planet Earth – as we make our way deeper into the Olympic Peninsula toward sparkling Lake Crescent. After a family-style picnic lunch near the lake, we’ll get our first full immersion in lush forests and babbling streams on our hike to fern-laden Marymere Falls. After listening to the crashing water echo through the towering trees we’ll head for the coast and rugged Ruby Beach. Climb haystacks, explore tide pools, or just sit back and contemplate the vastness of the Pacific Ocean as waves lap the shore. From here, it’s just a short drive to Kalaloch Lodge, our beachfront home for the next two evenings. Enjoy some downtime to wander and unwind. We’ll gather for dinner to share our own stories and plan for tomorrow over the pulsing rhythm of the ocean.
Walking Distances: 3 to 5 miles
Accommodations: Kalaloch Lodge
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Day 2: The Hoh Rainforest
Ancient Trees, Peaceful Hiking, & The Hoh River
Our second day is a true highlight: experience the Hoh Rainforest – one of the quietest places in North America. This perspective-altering tour day is a powerful re-orientation to sound, our own roots in the natural world, and how we see ourselves in nature. Once you’ve felt this forest, you’ll never see the Pacific Northwest in quite the same way. Our relaxed pace allows us to move a few miles into the park, soaking in the subtle details of the place, the story it tells us, and even learn a little about the language of the birds. There is something powerful about the connections that arise in the quiet. After you’re suitably relaxed, return to camp for plenty of laughs and stories over dinner at the nearby lodge.
Walking Distances: 2 to 10 miles
Accommodations: Kalaloch Lodge
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Day 3: Hurricane Ridge
Morning on the Pacific Coast, Hurricane Ridge, Bainbridge Island Ferry
Enjoy a relaxed morning exploring the beach before we launch into the final day of adventure. After breakfast, we’ll say goodbye to the Pacific Ocean and head inland once more. There are a few hidden gems we’ll stop to visit before heading to our main attraction for the day: Hurricane Ridge. We’ll climb up and away from the sea, above the towering old-growth forest canopy to reach the gusting winds of the alpine. After a filling lunch we’ll pack up some water and stretch our legs in this unique montane landscape. The trees here huddle close together to brace against winter storms and wind-swept branches indicate the direction of shelter. Contemplate the difference in sound between the rainforest and this alpine world, while we enjoy the vastness of the valleys, rivers, and forests dropping away below us to the coast. When you’re good and tired, we’ll find our way back down the mountain and onto a ferry for our final crossing together as we return to the shining Emerald City.
Walking Distance: 2 to 5 miles
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Olympic National Park Tour Details
Unplug and re-center in the simple silence of the Hoh Rainforest. Finally find the time to reconnect with a wilder part of yourself.
Admire radiant anemones and sea stars in tide pools along the rugged coast. Clamber around sea stacks to find a different perspective.
Wake up to waves breaking on the shores of Kalaloch Beach. Relax after trail days with the coastal soundtrack of thunderous seas and wind-rustled trees.
Marvel at the full spectrum of greens in Western Washington woods. Ponder your own existence while standing beneath 800-year old giants.
Wander through wildflower meadows as the thinned air enhances your admiration of alpine vistas. Compare the soundscapes of elevations ranging from sea level to a mile-high.
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National Park entry fees.
Overnight accommodations at Kalaloch Lodge both nights.
Local, organic picnic lunches - served outside when the weather is right.
All meals are included: 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners
Pick up and drop off in downtown Seattle.
All ferry fees and transportation.
Snacks, water, sparkling water, local wine, local adult beverages available throughout the tour.
Kalaloch Lodge is one of the iconic resorts within Olympic National Park. The Main Lodge was built almost 100 years ago with driftwood collected from Washington’s wild coast. For two days you’ll stay just feet from Pacific bluffs and beachfront, climbing over driftwood and the small streams that dump fresh water into the ocean.
The lodge has a delicious restaurant featuring Washington ingredients, a mercantile, and provides daily bundles of firewood for those staying in rooms with fireplaces!
Three Breakfasts: Pastries, fruit, coffee & tea on Day One, freshly prepared buffet breakfast at the Creekside Restaurant on Days Two & Three.
Three Lunches: Local, organic picnic lunches - served outside in the National Park.
Two Dinners: Campfire dinner on the beach prepared by your guide on Day One, dinner at the historic Kalaloch Lodge on Day Two.
Snacks, water, sparkling water, local wine and other adult beverages available throughout the tour.