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6 & 13-Day Olympic Young Women’s Program

Olympic Young Women's Backpacking Summer Camp Adventure

Trip Highlights:

Sol Duc Falls

Ozette Coast

Hoh Rainforest

Ages 13-18

Female-only trip

Our all-female Young Women’s Backpacking Summer Camp Adventure is aimed at instilling confidence and leadership skills in the next generation of female adventurers! Available in both 6-day or 13-day sessions, this unique Washington summer camp for ladies ages 13-18 is led by our top female guides! Along the way, our knowledgeable outdoor educators focus on showing young women their true potential in both an outdoor setting and in their day-to-day lives, while teaching the practical skills of backpacking and outdoor safety.

Through our adventure-based programming, campers will be challenged to turn their goals into action on a daily basis, utilizing perseverance and determination to summit mountains and accomplish new feats. Our experienced outdoor educators, who are are trained specifically for the Olympic area, share their knowledge with participants as the group covers between 4 and 8 miles of hiking each day. For young women looking to develop their outdoor skills by fully immersing in some of the world’s most majestic wilderness, the Olympic Young Women’s Backpacking Adventure is the ultimate choice.

Book 6 Day
Book 13 Day

Age Range

13-18

Price

$1,500 - $3,500

Length

6-13 Days

Mileage & Difficulty

35-75 Miles

Departure 

12 pm

Pickup

12 pm

Book 6 Day
Book 13 Day

#1 Rated Guide Service in the West

Summer Camp Parent, 2021
Summer Camp Parent, 2021
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“From a parent's perspective, Lasting Adventures provided plenty of communication before and during the trip, so I knew he was in good hands. From a kids perspective, this adventure taught him skills he may not have otherwise learned, built up his self-confidence and independence, and fostered a love for the outdoors. He already can’t wait to do this camp again!”
Summer Camp Parent, 2019
Summer Camp Parent, 2019
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“The guides were so knowledgeable of the area, cooked amazing meals, taught the kids about nature, kept them safe, and most importantly helped each kid prove to themselves they could do it! That built more confidence in my daughter and made her more reliant on herself and trusting of herself.”
YHCA Teen Participant, 2019
YHCA Teen Participant, 2019
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“My friends and I (aged 13-15) went on a two-week backpacking trip with Lasting Adventures. Our group grew close as a family, and on the last night, we had a very joyous celebration. We joked, messed around, and ate delicious food prepared by the guides. I strongly recommend them if you are looking for a physical and active summer camp, with amazing views along the way.”
Summer Camp Parent, 2019
Summer Camp Parent, 2019
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“My daughter participated in the 7-Day summer camp in Yosemite and, WOW, is all I can say! I was nervous, but the staff was quick to respond via email to all my questions. She had the time of her life and she can’t wait to do it again next summer!”
Summer Leadership Expedition Parent, 2018
Summer Leadership Expedition Parent, 2018
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“My 15 (Nearly 16) year old son just got home from an EPIC trip with Lasting Adventures on the Outdoor Leadership Expedition. He had such a wonderful time and communicated that his guides were "the best." If you're looking for a journey for your young family members this comes genuinely, very highly recommended. All of the kids were thrilled, and all of the most free and relaxed of smiles!”
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NOTE: This is a sample itinerary only, and reflects the activities of our 13-day program. For a sample 6-day itinerary, see our Olympic 6-day Mountain Adventure

While we do our best to replicate the itinerary described below, our itineraries and destinations in Olympic National Park are dependent upon a number of external factors, including weather, snow levels, and the ongoing mountain goat removal project. In the event that we must adjust the itinerary, parents will be notified by email with ample notice prior to the trip dates.

Day 1: Meeting at Fairholme Campground, get to know your Guides/Counselors and group while learning about your backpacking gear in preparation for the voyage. After a group orientation, we will answer parent or participant questions before getting to know each other and spending the rest of the day exploring the geography of beautiful Lake Crescent. The day will end with evening activities, strengthening our bonds and learning more about the weeks ahead, before settling in to camp for the night at Fairholme Campground.

Day 2: The first half of our journey will take us to the beaches of the Olympic Coast. After taking a shuttle from our camp to La Push, the group will begin hiking on the beach next to sea stacks towering over the ocean. Today we will hike about 4 miles to Chilean Memorial Campground, where we will relax for our first night of many in the backcountry.

Day 3: After our first day warming up our legs, we continue today hiking about 6 miles along the beautiful Pacific coastline. Today will be our first chance to practice navigating tides, hiking in and out of the coastal forest above the ocean. We will camp on the beach tonight listening to the sound of the ocean waves and watching the stars as we share stories and play games together on the endless stretches of sand.

Day 4: Today we will hike about 5 miles to Yellow Banks campsite while learning about the Olympic Wilderness and history through storytelling. We will have the chance to learn about tidal pools, and perhaps be lucky enough to see ocean life such as sea otters, sea lions, whales, eagles, flocks of pelicans, sea stars, anemones, and much more.

Day 5: Today our destination is about 5 miles further at Cape Alava; a stunningly beautiful camp on the beach and the northernmost part of our journey.  Along the way, we will keep watch for historical and culturally significant petroglyphs estimated to be 300 to 500 years old. We will have time today to explore further north along the coast for a day hike and enjoy a sunset over the ocean while relaxing on massive driftwood logs at the westernmost point of the contiguous U.S.

Day 6: On our final day on the coast, we will hike 3 miles through the ancient coastal forest; a dramatic shift from the previous days on the beach. We will pass through coastal meadows and bogs before meeting a shuttle at the Ozette Trailhead and be transported to the Sol Duc Campground where we will celebrate the halfway point of our journey with ice cream and a re-supply of fresh food and a clean change of clothes.

Day 7: Today is a well deserved “Zero Day”. The ladies will rest today, enjoying each other’s company and the area around camp. We will do some skill-building and self-esteem oriented activities, and there will be an opportunity for some mellow day hiking. We’ll finish the day by preparing for the next half of our trip, which starts tomorrow.

Day 8: After a night of rest, we will have the chance to sleep in this morning! Our hike today will take us 3.5 miles to picturesque Mink Lake high in the mountains and surrounded by deep, dense forest. We will settle in for our first night in the mountainous backcountry with an entirely different perspective of the same national park.

Day 9: After our regular morning circle time we will embark on one of our more strenuous days of uphill as we travel to Deer Lake. By now we will have had plenty of practice in trail games and keeping spirits high as we pass through forests draped in mosses and slime molds. There is an alpine lake at camp today, and after we have had time to set up our camp, we will get to swade in the water and relax as we watch the alpen glow of the mountains reflected in the water.

Day 10: Today will be another long day, hiking over 6 miles to CB Flats Campground. Yes the day will be strenuous, but after more than a week of hiking together we will have found a rhythm to make the time pass. We will have the chance to look back on the valleys and lakes below, where we can see just how far we have come already. We will finish our day with a descent past beautiful Hoh Lake and camp in a more secluded area near meadows of wildflowers.

Day 11: Today we will hike about 5 miles to Sol Duc Park. Along the way, we will hike across the High Divide which provides unparalleled views of the Olympic and Bailey mountain ranges. We will break for lunch at one of the passes and relax near alpine lakes, mountain creeks, and meadows of wildflowers. We might even have the opportunity for sledding and snowball fights! Hiking through the Seven Lakes Basin is an unforgettable experience and our sleep tonight will be well deserved.

Day 12: On our second to last day, we will have an easier hike. Continuing about 2 miles to Seven Mile Group Site, we will have the chance to relax for a good part of the day as we prepare to reenter the front country tomorrow. We will take our time identifying all of the flora and fauna of the forest and spend the afternoon learning about the geological, cultural, and human history of this part of the park as we relax in the shade of giant trees near the river.

Day 13: On our final day we will pass by the famous Sol Duc Falls, reflecting on our long journey, as we descend to the Sol Duc Trailhead by noon for pickup.

Other: On all of our summer camps, we have a daily circle time in the morning where youth engage in group games, share highlights, offer encouragement and support to each other, stretch, review maps and day itineraries, and set individual and group goals for the day. Also, whether breaking on the trail or in the afternoon or evening in the campsite, our Guides facilitate additional opportunities for youth to develop a personal connection with nature. Problem-solving and initiative games are common as are smiles. Additional outdoor skills are gained as we practice Leave No Trace principles and promote environmental stewardship throughout the length of the program.

Drop-off/pick-up time & location: Our 13-day Young Women’s program begins at the Fairholme Campground at the west end of Lake Crescent at 12pm on Sundays and ends at the Sol Duc Trailhead at 12pm on Friday.

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