“Here, take a look,” whispered Ricardo. Peeking through the lens, I was six years old again. There was the bird I had been yearning to see, a quetzal as resplendent as I had read about—a vivid dream from my distant past. He sat on a tree branch, preening his feathers, cocking his head and looking […]
This journey features active immersion in a nature-lover’s utopia – Olympic National Park. Basing in two time-honored Northwest lodges – Lake Crescent Lodge and Kalaloch Lodge – you’ll find yourself waking each morning to some of the most exceptional smells, sights, and sounds. Kalaloch brings crashing waves, sea stacks, and rainforest, while Lake Crescent is more serene, with the turquoise waters and tree-covered mountains. Together, you’ll experience the peninsula’s range of habitats, from mossy forest to snow-covered ridgeline to rugged coast. This hiking focused trip takes us out on the trail for daily 4-8 mile hikes through subalpine forest, temperate forest, and along the rugged Pacific shore.
Meet in Seattle, then head straight for the wild Pacific Ocean. En route, stop in the Quinault Valley for a taste of rainforest and lunch overlooking beautiful Lake Quinault. The day ends at Kalaloch Lodge, situated right on the water and our base for exploring the Hoh Rainforest. Next, we’re off to Lake Crescent, stopping to visit and hike along some of the rugged coastal beaches. From Lake Crescent Lodge, days on the trail are spent in Sol Duc Valley and at the top of Hurricane Ridge.
This journey offers a memorable combination of days spent on the trail and evenings, dining and relaxing at classic national park lodges.