6-day Coastal Backpacking Summer Camps for Young Adventurer’s
This is a Sample Itinerary only.
Highlights: Our Young Adventurer’s 6-day Youth Backpacking Summer Camps in Washington’s Olympic National Park are designed for participants ages 11-13, who are both new or experienced backpackers. These programs will offer shorter hiking distances, and promote leadership, skill-building and an introduction to camping, backpacking, and the outdoors while among the old growth forests, granite peaks, and pristine rivers of Olympic National Park! This summer camp near Seattle is sure to please!
Note: This is a sample itinerary only. Our itineraries and destinations in Olympic National Park are dependent upon a number of external factors. Due to the varying weather, snow levels, and the ongoing mountain goat removal project, we operate in various areas of the park. This is a sample Itinerary only and we will use other trails depending on registration.
Day 1: You will meet your Guides/Counselors and will have time to become acquainted with your group as well as your backpacking gear. We will then facilitate a group orientation, answering any last parent or participant questions before getting to know each other and spending the rest of the day exploring beautiful Lake Crescent. We will conclude the day with evening activities to strengthen bonds while goal-setting as a group to prepare for the trip.
Day 2: After morning circle time (stretches, map review, goal setting, etc.) we will catch a morning shuttle to La Push where we will launch our adventure at the Rialto Beach Trail. We will begin our journey hiking on the beach with sea stacks towering in the ocean next to us. Today we will hike about 4 miles to Chilean Memorial Campground, where we will relax and learn about marine life. Participants will enjoy the rewards at this popular location within the Olympic backcountry.
Day 3: Today is our longest day as we continue hiking about 6 miles along the beautiful Pacific coastline. Today we will have the 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 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, 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 and the westernmost point in the continental US. 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.
Day 6: On our final day we will hike about 3 miles through the coastal forest; a dramatic shift from the previous days on the beach. We will meet a shuttle at the Ozette Trailhead and be transported to the pick-up location to be picked up by noon.
Note: Remember this is only a sample itinerary. If we are unable to obtain the permits for the Sol Duc Loop, or if various conditions make this itinerary unfeasible, we will provide an alternative trailhead and itinerary in Olympic National Park.
Other: On all of our summer youth programs we have daily circle time in the morning where youth engage in group games, share highlights, offer praise 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 also 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.
Scholarship Application – Every youth deserves this opportunity!