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Olympic Classic Camping/Hiking

Olympic Classic Camping/Hiking

Trip Highlights:

Ocean Shores

Lush Rainforest

Mountain Peaks

Amazing Sunsets

Fireside Conversation

Lasting Memories

Many people remember their first time sleeping outside in a tent at one of our National Park’s impressive campgrounds. Fond memories of cozy sleeping bags, day hikes through dense forests or past great vistas, and eating delicious s'mores around the campfire still bring smiles to our faces. While Lasting Adventures is best known for its incredible trips backpacking in the backcountry, we also love bringing our brand of adventure closer to the comforts of home on our classic camping trips. Our Olympic National Park Classic Camping is an adventure suitable for anyone and everyone.

Join us as we embark to all corners of the park known for its diversity; from lows exploring the depths of the tide pools along Rialto Beach, to highs marveling at the beautiful Blue Glacier of Mt. Olympus. We will work with you to select the best day trips for you and give you a trip to remember for years to come. We value providing interesting and remarkable experiences that highlight the Native and contemporary history of the land, the resident flora and fauna, the epic geological story, and any interest you may have. 

Top-of-the-line camping gear is provided to make your stay at camp as comfortable as possible. Relax under the stars on the shores of the famous Lake Crescent as our guides prepare delicious camp meals every night. Of course, the night wouldn’t be complete without a campfire and s’mores.

This multi-day tour is a great trip for people of all abilities and experience; perfect for families and solo travelers. This is a top choice for first-timers to Olympic National Park.

In addition to our published dates, you can contact us about planning other dates/packages ranging from at least three days in length.

*Classic Camping Dates remain tentative until we are able to secure campsites, which we obtain approximately 6 months in advance. Don't see dates that work for you? Contact us to schedule additional dates.

Mileage & Difficulty

Average 27 Miles

Length

5 Days

Price

$2,180

Per Person

Departure Info

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2024 Departure Dates by Month

    June Departure Dates  

  • Mon, Jun 24th – Fri, Jun 28th

    July Departure Dates  

  • Mon, Jul 15th – Fri, Jul 19th
  • August Departure Dates  

  • Mon, Aug 5th – Fri, Aug 9th
  • Sat, Aug 24th – Wed, Aug 28th

    September Departure Dates  

  • Sat, Sep 14th – Wed, Sep 18th
  • October Departure Dates  

  • Thu, Oct 3rd – Mon, Oct 7th


All 2024 dates remain tentative until we are able to secure campsites, approximately 6 months in advance. Please remain from making travel arrangements before this time.”

Olympic National Park Classic Camping

This is a sample itinerary only.

Day 1: Fairholme Campground

You will meet your guide at the Fairholme Boat Launch at 4 pm. This will be followed by group orientation and introductions. After getting settled in the campsite and after dinner, the group will have the opportunity to relax by the picturesque Lake Crescent. Campfire in the campsite as time allows. Total Mileage: 0 miles

Day 2: Rialto Beach, Hole in the Wall

After a hearty breakfast, we will shuttle to Rialto Beach to explore the beach next to sea stacks emerging from the Pacific Ocean. We will hike the gentle mile to the famous arch known as Hole in the Wall and the tide pools teeming with life at its base. If we are lucky enough to arrive at low tide, we will have plenty of time to enjoy some tide pooling and eat lunch on the massive driftwood on the beach. Following the hike we will drive back to our campsite for dinner and relaxation. Total Mileage: 2-3 miles

Day 3: Hurricane Ridge, Klahane Ridge, Hurricane Hill

After an early morning breakfast, we will head to Hurricane Ridge, renowned for its spectacular vistas and views of the Olympic Mountains. We will spend some time here appreciating the namesake of the park, before deciding between the options for day hikes. After arriving back at the Hurricane Ridge parking lot, if the weather is favorable, we will have the option to stay for a ranger led star gazing program. The program includes telescopes capable of focusing on far away planets, stars, and galaxies and will be a guaranteed highlight of your trip. Note: If this is a viable option, this should be discussed before leaving camp so that the guide can prepare a to-go dinner at Hurricane Ridge. Total Mileage: 3.0-7.0 miles

Day 4: Deer Park to Maiden Peak or the Hoh Rainforest

We have a very difficult choice to make today, in the best way possible. Option 1 is to hike to Maiden Peak, where you will see 360 degree views from the Olympic Mountains to the Puget Sound. Option 2 is to travel deep into the dense Hoh Rainforest, famed for its ancient, giant trees and being one of the wettest places in the country. Neither choice will disappoint. We will share a warm cooked meal around the campfire when we return back to camp. Total Mileage: 2.0-8.0 miles

Day 5: Madison Falls, Marymere Falls, Sol Duc Falls

During breakfast your guide will present some options for self-guided tours when you leave Olympic. There are a number of beautiful waterfalls that are well worth your visit and are sure to impress. Your guide will help you make the best plan and give you tips for your last day in the park. Because of the campsite reservations, please plan to leave the campsite by 10 am.

This is a sample itinerary only.

Although we do our best to follow this itinerary; it can and will change for matters out of our control. Should weather, fire, tides, and/or delayed seasonal openings affect the chosen itinerary, a different itinerary will be offered. Also, as a group you can work with your guide to develop new daily itineraries by request.

Additional Information

  • Camping is within Olympic National Park in the same campsite for the 4-nights.
  • We include top-of-the-line tents, sleeping bags and pads, tent lighting, camp furniture, and eating gear.
  • There are bathrooms at every campground, but not always showers. Pay-to-use showers are not included in the price of this trip.
  • Transportation is provided to/from day hikes throughout the duration of the trip.
  • Price includes: 4 nights Custom Camping, professional guides/cooks, transportation within the park, all meals from dinner on Day 1 through breakfast and snacks on Day 5, group gear, permits and insurances.
  • Single travelers will be provided with single tents at no additional charge.
  • Not included: Transportation to/from Olympic National Park, alcoholic beverages, and guide gratuities.
  • Remember, your participation helps sustain our non-profit mission of supporting youth, families, and disadvantaged communities with positive experiences in America’s National Parks and natural spaces.

REQUIRED FORMS

In addition to full payment, the final acceptance of any participant is subject to receipt and review of all the Required Forms. These forms are also attached to your confirmation email once you register online.

We will require an additional medical release for any guests on multi-day trips, any “Half Dome in a Day” hiker, or any guest who is currently under the care of a physician for any ongoing disease, illness, or any other condition/factor that may be a concern on the trip.


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 the foods we prepare will be fully free of major allergens.

We have experience in accommodating a variety of dietary choices and concerns, including, but not limited to:

  • Vegan and Vegetarian
  • Peanut and/or Tree Nut Allergy
  • Lactose Intolerant
  • Celiac or Gluten-Free
  • Kosher

 

If we have questions or concerns about the information on your medical form, we will call you the day before your trip to ensure we are packing foods you are able to eat without issue.


TRADITIONAL BACKPACKING

Lasting Adventures runs “traditional backpacking” trips. This is done without using porters, stock, or other outside assistance. For this trip, you will be expected to carry your personal gear, a share of the group gear, and food in a backpack. The weight can be expected to be 30-50 lb. and no more than the recommended ⅓ of your body weight.

As needed, it is recommended that participants discuss their ability to fully participate in a backpacking trip with their doctor, including (but not limited to) the ability to carry heavy loads over long distances and strenuous and uneven terrain. Levels of difficulty listed on our website are relative and in no way an objective declaration of difficulty. A regular physical exercise program is recommended before going on your adventure.


TRIP ITINERARIES

All trips are subject to itinerary changes for various reasons, including, but not limited to permitting, weather, forest fires, park or public land closures, and/or road closures. In most situations, we will offer an alternative itinerary of equal value and quality or a credit equal to the total amount paid through the end of the following season. Payments are non-refundable for itinerary changes. If a trip is canceled before its start date due to circumstances beyond our control, a credit equal to the total amount paid will be issued.


STAFF SCHEDULES

Due to the nature of backpacking, our guides work long hours. To provide the best possible experience to our guests and guides, we limit the number of hours our guides work to 15 hours per day. Guides will not be required to be available from 9 pm to 6 am unless the group agrees to a different period before this standard break.

During time off, our guides will be available for emergencies but should be allowed to rest and not be considered available for other purposes outside of working hours. Please don’t request non-time-sensitive assistance from guides during this period. Our guides are also entitled to take 10 minutes every four hours and 30-minute meal breaks every 5 hours, between 6 am and 9 pm.  We appreciate your cooperation with these scheduling requirements.


COUPONS

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REQUIRED FORMS

In addition to full payment; final acceptance of any participant is subject to receipt and review of all the Required Forms. These forms are also attached to your confirmation email once you register online.

We will require an additional medical release for any guests on multi-day trips or any guest who is currently under the care of a physician for any ongoing disease, illness, or any other condition/factor that may be a concern on the trip.


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.

We have experience accomodating a variety of dietary choices and concerns, including, but not limited to:

  • Vegan and Vegetarian
  • Peanut and/or Tree Nut Allergy
  • Lactose Intolerant
  • Celiac’s or Gluten Free
  • Kosher

If we have questions or concerns about the information on your medical form, we will call you the day before your trip to ensure we are packing foods you are able to eat without issue.


TRIP ITINERARIES

All trips are subject to itinerary changes for a wide variety of reasons including, but not limited to permitting, weather, forest fires, park or public land closures, and/or road closures. In most all situations we will offer an alternative itinerary of equal value and quality or a credit through the end of the following season. Payments are non-refundable for itinerary changes. If a trip is canceled due to circumstances beyond our control prior to its start date a trip credit equal to the full amount paid will be issued.


STAFF SCHEDULES

Due to the nature of backpacking, our guides work long hours. In order to provide the best possible experience to our guests and our guides, we limit the number of hours that our guides work to 15 hours per day. Guides will not be required to be available from 9 pm to 6 am, unless a different time period is agreed upon by the group prior to this standard break period. This varies on our summer camps, where our outdoor educators are available as needed at all times.

During time off, our guides will be available for emergencies, but should be allowed to rest and should not be considered available for other purposes outside of working hours. Please refrain from requesting non-time-sensitive assistance from guides during this period. Our guides are also entitled to take off 10 minutes every four hours, as well as 30-minute meal breaks every 5 hours, between 6 am and 9 pm.  We appreciate your cooperation with these scheduling requirements.


FIREARM POLICY

Lasting Adventures understands that firearm laws and policies vary in every area we operate in. Regardless of local laws and policies, Lasting Adventures does not allow firearms on any of our trips. Participants who bring firearms will not be allowed to participate while in possession of their firearm.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

For your protection and ours, we strongly recommend the purchase of Travel Insurance, which can provide you with coverage for trip cancellation/interruption (including COVID-19), travel delay, medical expenses, emergency assistance, airfare, and baggage loss/delay to protect your financial investment. We recommend those with “cancel for any reason” clauses included. See reviews of some of the best Cancel For Any Reason Travel Insurance Options presented by Forbes or Squaremouth. Other good student options include InsureMyTrip and Allianz Travel Insurance for Students.

Travel Insurance is the easiest and best way to protect yourself and our smaller non-profit organization against last-minute cancellations. We are happy to provide timely and accurate documentation for any insurance claim related to our trips when requested. Please remember that when canceling a reservation, you must first contact the company responsible for ensuring your reservation.


PAYMENT SCHEDULE

Full payment is preferred for all backpacking trips and youth programs/summer camps. During check-out, you may pay a 50% deposit at the time of booking and the remaining 50% at least 30 days from departure. If choosing this option, you can either complete payment on your own with the self-service link in the confirmation email, or you will be billed automatically at or shortly after the 30-day interval for the remaining amount. Final Lodging/Hiking package payments are due 45 days in advance. Any new multi-day booking made at/within 45 days in advance must be paid in full. Feel free to contact us directly to set up any other payment plan.

When registering online, expect to pay a booking fee of 3.0% (which is capped at $30) and a processing fee of 2.7% (no cap). These fees can be avoided when paying by check. For detailed information, see our Payment Options page.


CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICIES

Lasting Adventures reserves the right to cancel trips. If a trip is canceled due to circumstances beyond our control, a credit equal to the total amount paid will be issued. Lasting Adventures is not responsible for additional expenses incurred while preparing for the trip.

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 TripAdvisor/Viator, bookyogaretreats.com, or 57Hours), the below policy does not apply, and you are held to the third-party’s cancellation policy.

Multi-Day Adventures/Summer Camps Cancellation Policy

  • More than 90 days before the start date, we will grant a full refund minus a 2.7% processing fee for credit card transactions.
  • Between 90 and 61 days before the start date, we will grant a full refund minus $50/person and a 2.7% processing fee for credit card transactions.
  • Between 60 and 46 days before the start date, we will retain 25% of the total trip cost. You may also take a non-refundable credit of the total value paid.
  • Between 45 and 31 days before the start date, we will retain 50% of the total trip cost. You may also take a non-refundable credit of the total value paid.
  • Less than 31 days before the start date, or once the trip has begun, no refunds or credits will be issued.

 

48-Hour Risk-Free Cancellation Policy

Any reservation can be canceled within 48 hours of the initial booking, and we will grant you a full refund minus a 2.7% processing fee for credit card transactions. After 48 hours, our standard terms and conditions apply. To cancel, please email us at staff@lastingadventures.org or leave a voicemail at 800-513-8651. This policy does not apply if the booked trip occurs within 96 hours of the initial booking.

Fire/Smoke Cancellation Policy

Fire/smoke cancellations are considered circumstances beyond our control. If your chosen travel insurance does not cover fire/smoke cancellations, a credit equal to the total amount paid will be issued. If we cancel during your adventure with us, we will issue a non-refundable credit equal to the dollar amount associated with the number of days not used. In both cases, these credits will be lifetime/transferable but non-refundable.

Other Considerations

Departing From a Trip: Once a participant has joined a trip and the trip has begun, no refunds or credits will be issued, regardless of the reason for departure. Costs associated with assisting a participant with evacuating from the wilderness will be passed on to the participant. Travel Insurance is strongly recommended.

Minimum Participants: Our Guide Service multi-day trips have a two-person minimum. (Yoga trips have a three-person minimum.) Our Summer Camps have a four-person minimum. Should we fall short on these minimums, we will contact you 30 days before your scheduled start date with options that may include switching to another trip/date and/or a single-participant surcharge.

Infectious Illness Policy (including COVID): Any participant on any program/trip with any sign/symptom of a potential illness will not be able to participate, and no refund or credits will be given. Many forms of Travel Insurance cover these circumstances. We ask that you screen yourself and/or your child before participating and contact us to cancel if any sign of illness is present. Health screenings can be expected in all youth programs.

Half Dome & Other Summits: Reaching the top of a summit, such as Half Dome, is risky and can be made far worse by inclement weather. While we aim to get everyone to the top, summiting is not guaranteed. Lightning and rain can be deadly on exposed summits, and our experienced guides may have to call off a summit bid if weather conditions are unfavorable. You will not be allowed to summit using a Lasting Adventures permit should the experienced guide decide the conditions are not favorable.


TRIP CHANGE/CREDIT POLICY

Once you book a trip with Lasting Adventures, the value you paid is valid towards switching to another trip in the current or the coming year, pending available spaces on the new trip. Changes to your booking and conversion to credit must occur more than 30 days before your original start date. Changes within 30 days are subject to fees. Once changed to a lifetime/transferrable credit, credits are non-refundable and are a dollar-for-dollar value.


COUPONS

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