Length

6 days

Mileage | Rating

25 Miles
Strenuous

Map and Elevation

Cost

$1945

Meeting Location | Time

Deer Park Campground

4 pm

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The Grand Adventure

Highlights:

The Grand Adventure is a journey for those seeking the authentic wilderness experience. Our trail travels from high to low, visiting deep, riparian valleys and high, windy ridges. Engulfed in montane forest and subalpine meadow, this trip offers something for visitors of Olympic National Park that want to see the more rugged side of the peninsula. The Grand Valley is our main destination, and it is aptly named; panoramic views abound from the Olympic Mountains to the Puget Sound. Join us for in some of Olympic’s most spectacular backcountry for a backpacking trip that is nothing less than “grand.”

For a detailed map with elevation profile of the tentative itinerary, click here: Map.

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Itinerary

DAY 1
Meet your guide at 4pm at the Deer Park Campground (5300’). Get acquainted with everyone in your group as you go over what to pack and what to leave behind. Enjoy a good night’s rest with the cool ocean breeze and the stars above to prepare for our adventure tomorrow. Today’s Mileage/Elevation: 0 mi /0′

Day 2
Our day starts with a hearty breakfast at our campground. Soon we will start our first day hiking and head towards the Three Forks campground (2130’). The trail will give us access into the lower valleys of Cameron Creek, the Gray Wolf River and Grand Creek, the three of which make up the Three Forks. The trail to our camp for the night is a steady, moderately steep descent and we will be sleeping in a completely different environment than the night before. Today’s Mileage/Elevation: 4.2 miles -3,250 (5300 to 2050)

DAY 3
Today we will hike an easy descent to Lower Cameron campground. We will be following Cameron Creek as we hike deeper into one of the most magnificent valleys in Olympic National Park. Once we get to camp, we will have plenty of time to relax and prepare for the coming days that we will be climbing in elevation. Today’s Mileage/Elevation: 4.6 miles +1470 (2050 to 3520) (small site)

DAY 4
Today is our first day of significant elevation gain. We will be climbing out of the Cameron Creek drainage and up over the spectacular Grand Pass (6420’)! The incomparable views are a well deserved reward, and you have the opportunity to climb even higher to summit Grand Pass Peak (6,700’) the tallest point of our trip and only a quarter mile off our main trail! We will meander past alpine lakes for the rest of the day’s hike, and pitch our tents at Grand Lake (4760’) for the night. Today’s Mileage/Elevation: 6.2 miles +2860,-1660

DAY 5
Today we will take the Grand Traverse trail to our next campsite at Roaring Winds (6020’). Aptly named, this campsite is nestled high on the crest of the ridge between Obstruction Point and Deer Park. Views of the Puget Sound and the valley we hiked through, in days prior, open up and we will settle into camp for the night. Today’s Mileage/Elevation: 5.5 miles (small site) +2860’, -1600’

DAY 6
O
ur final hike takes us 4.6 miles back to Deer Park Trailhead and Campground (5300′). We will hike below the summits of Maiden Peak and Green Mountain through alpine meadows and into dense subalpine forests before returning to where we started. Generally, our goal is to finish between 2-4 PM but this can be later due to the human factors within the group. Today’s Mileage/Elevation: 4.6 miles +990, -1620’

We include backpacks, sleeping bags, tents, pads, trekking poles and eating utensils at NO EXTRA COST as needed. Lastly, all profits from our guided trips go towards our non-profit youth summer camp program.

Note: All trips are subject to Lasting Adventures obtaining the necessary wilderness permits. Although our success rate is 98%, should we not obtain the exact trail-head, a trip of equal quality will be obtained. Should weather, fire, and/or delayed seasonal openings affect the chosen itinerary, a different itinerary will be offered. Lasting Adventures is recognized for its commitment to safety and risk management. In this regard, the summit of any peak will not be attempted when clouds are in close proximity.

*All trips are pending permit availability which we gain 24-weeks in advance. Please refrain from making travel arrangements until we have confirmed dates.

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Cancellation Policy/Traditional Backpacking

Multi-Day Adventures/Summer Camps Cancellation Policy

The following cancellation policy is only for trips booked directly through our official website, lastingadventures.com. If you have booked via a third-party website, such as The Clymb, TripAdvisor Experiences/Viator, or bookyogaretreats.com, the below policy does not apply, and you are held to the third-party’s cancellation policy.

If you cancel or leave a multi-day trip for any reason:

  • More than 90 days prior to the trip start date, we will grant you a full refund. (*Exception: our Lodging/Hiking package has a $100 non-refundable processing fee per room booked.)
  • Between 90 and 61 days prior to the trip start date, we will you a full refund minus a $50/person processing fee.
  • Between 60 and 46 days prior to the trip start date, we will retain 25 percent of the trip cost. You may also take a non-refundable credit of the full value paid.
  • Between 45 and 31 days prior to the trip start date, we will retain 50 percent of the trip cost. You may also take a non-refundable credit of the full value paid.
  • Less than 31 days prior to the trip start date, or once the trip has begun, there will be no refund or credit.
  • There will be no cost for cancellations for trips we are unable to run due to closures and/or restrictions by government officials. We will make departure determinations for trips 7 days in advance of the departure date. Refunds for trips not able to be run will be processed within 5 days of the intended departure date and can only be processed back to the original payment method used for the current trip. 
    • Exception: We may make this determination 15 days in advance for Lodging Packages. 
    • Any portion of a trip purchased with a credit from a previous year will revert back to a credit.
    • Due to the difficulties of running seasonal programs, a lost season can affect us greatly. We appreciate any of our customers that would choose to take a lifetime, transferable credit for the value paid of their trip, should the trip not be able to operate due to government restrictions.
  • Final payments on multi-day trips are automatically processed/due at 30 days in advance of the trip. Any new multi-day booking made at/within 45-days in advance will be required to pay in full.
    • Exception: Final payments are due at least 45 days in advance for our Lodging/Hiking package.
  • For our Summer Camps, due to COVID-19 in 2021 participants must have a responsible party available within 6 hours of Yosemite Valley for pickup in case of emergency. 
  • If we determine that a trip should be pulled or cancelled mid-way through the trip (for example, due to unhealthy smoke levels or other circumstances outside our control, we will provide a credit for the unused portion of the trip.

 

Traditional Backpacking

Lasting Adventures runs traditional backpacking trips. Traditional backpacking is done without the use of porters, stock, or other assistance. You will be expected to carry all of your own personal gear and a share of the group gear and food in a backpack for the duration of this trip. This weight will typically be between 30-50 pounds and in no case more than ⅓ of your body weight.

As needed, it is recommended that participants discuss their ability to conduct a backpacking trip with their doctor, including (but not limited to) the ability to carry heavy loads over long distances and over strenuous and uneven terrain. Levels of difficulty listed on our web site are relative and in no way an objective declaration of difficulty, and a regular physical exercise program is recommended prior to going on your adventure. A subjective guide to difficulty levels can be found here: Difficulty Levels.

 

Dietary Constraints

Although we are able to accommodate many specific dietary constraints and choices, we prepare foods in a facility with peanuts, gluten, soy, and other major allergens, and are not certified as an ‘allergen-free’ facility. We take steps to limit the risk of cross-contamination, but we cannot guarantee that foods we prepare will be fully free of major allergens.

2022 DATES BY MONTH

Departure Dates from Deer Park Campground

    July Departure Dates  

  • Fri, Jul 15th - Wed, Jul 20th
  • Mon, Jul 25th - Sat, Jul 30th
  • August Departure Dates  

  • Sat, Aug 6th - Thu, Aug 11th
  • Sat, Aug 20th - Thu, Aug 25th
  • Mon, Aug 29th - Sat, Sep 3rd

    September Departure Dates  

  • Mon, Sep 12th - Sat, Sep 17th
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*All trips are pending permit availability which we gain 26 weeks in advance. Please refrain from making travel arrangements until we have confirmed dates.

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