Classic hikes and lodges in Olympic and Mount Rainier National Parks
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|Trip Length||6 days/5 nights|
|Price||From $2,995 to $3,395|
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|*Price varies depending upon departure's group size.|
Day 1 (Seattle and Olympic National Park) Your guide meets you this morning at a central hotel location near the Seattle airport, and by lunchtime you’re ready for a hike and some unwinding at your first classic lodge, nestled among giant fir and hemlock trees on the shore of beautiful Lake Crescent.
Day 2 (Olympic National Park) Enjoy sea kayaking this morning, on a 2.5-hour paddle along protected coastline to a quiet cove harboring sea lions, seals, otters, bald eagles and seabirds. Keep your eyes open for gray whales and orcas too. This afternoon take to the high subalpine world of Hurricane Ridge (elevation 5,242 feet), the showpiece of Olympic National Park. You’ll hike through non-stop gorgeous meadows and vistas to a spectacular view of the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
Day 3 (Olympic National Park) One of today’s walks in the Hoh Rainforest will be the famous Hall of Mosses Trail. The Hoh is one of the few remaining temperate rain forests on the continent, home to monumental Sitka spruce and western hemlock stands that will enrapture you with their size and majesty. Continuing on through the forest you emerge at the seemingly endless beaches of Olympic National Park, with their wildlife-rich sea stacks and rocky islands. The afternoon is devoted to beachcombing, bird watching, and looking into tidepools.
Day 4 (Olympic National Park to Rainier) Wander with the guide this morning out the door of the lodge to explore the some of the nearby trails. On the list is the famous Big Spruce Tree Trail, which leads to the world’s largest Sitka spruce—standing 191 feet tall and said to be some 1,000 years old. Bidding farewell to the maritime environment of the Olympic Peninsula, you travel about three hours inland to Mount Rainier National Park, bound for the historic Paradise Inn, designated one of the “Great Lodges of the West.”
Day 5 (Mount Rainier National Park) Mount Rainier is a hiker’s dream, and you have all day to hike and explore. Any number of gorgeous trails lead to crystalline high mountain lakes, cascading waterfalls, meandering streams, wildflower meadows, and scenic vistas of the peaks and glaciers. Tonight, satisfy your well-earned hunger with a fabulous farewell dinner in the Inn’s dining room, with its stunning views.
Day 6 (Seattle for departures home) After breakfast, say goodbye to this enchanting area and head back to Seattle for afternoon flights.