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Peaceful Beach Backpack Trip to ShiShi Beach 4th, 5th (leaving on the 3rd after

I don't know about you, but the neighborhood I live in is a war zone of illegal explosives over the 4th of July weekend...

I'm planning on getting the heck out of dodge to the one place that isn't overwhelmed/over populated, even on a holiday weekend.... ShiShi Beach in Olympic National Park (because it's a total PITA to get to with NPS, Tribal and parking to deal with which weeds out the “riffraff”)

Serioulsy, ShiShi Beach is one of the most amazing places on the planet...

I'd LOVE to leave after work on Thursday, July 3rd because it sucks to live in my neighborhood then, but if no one can, I'm willing to leave early on the morning of the 4th if no one can do it after work on the 3rd.

If we don't get out in time to backpack out on Thursday night, there are car camping options at Neah Bay.

The plan is to be back in Tacoma reasonably early on Sunday.

Hard sided bear canisters are required by the NPS.  If you don't have one you can rent from REI or we can make a quick stop at the Wilderness Information Center in Port Angeles and get our permit at the same time.

Dogs are not allowed in wilderness areas of Olympic National Park

It is customary to stop in Port Angeles for Mexican Food on the way home.  Not required if you hate it, but super fun, filling and who doesn't love a place that immediately brings chips and salsa to your table?


Pitch in for gas (I can take one person comfortably, or two if someone doesn't mind sitting in the side facing seat in the cab behind the driver seat) Fair warning, my truck is not cheap to operate, so I'm happy to pitch in for gas for a more economical (and comfortable) vehicle.

Split cost of tribal permit $15 (good for the year and anyone who splits cost is welcome to use it on their own)

Split cost of NPS permit, $7 plus $2  per person per night.
Split cost of parking (seriously, you can't park at the trailhead)

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  • L Lisa L.

    Hey guys.

    I'm getting ready to post a trip for Saturday for either Marmot Pass or Colonel Bob.

    You were both talking about Colonel Bob.

    I was thinking about doing the Pete's Creek approach. Do either of you have any experience with that one?

    July 14, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great Trip. We got the best camping spot on the beach! Thanks Lisa

    1 · July 8, 2014

  • L Lisa L.

    Hi Seng,

    I can't imagine that a half hour is going to make a terrible difference in the grand scheme of things on a holiday weekend. We'll be hiking out in the dark no matter what.

    I'll put it out to the rest of the group just to make certain that everyone is OK with that.

    July 1, 2014

  • L Lisa L.

    I just started a new job, so there is no way I can get out earlier this time :(

    I'm happy to help drive if we have to take the truck, but there is one other person I haven't heard from yet about their vehicle.

    RSVP's for this close tomorrow at noon, so we should be able to finalize the arrangements by then.

    I doubt we'd make it all the way out to ShiShi leaving that late, but I'm happy to find anyplace to camp that is far away from the illegal explosive madness that is Tacoma on the 4th.

    I'll be calling about the permit later today on my lunch break.

    June 30, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I can pick up someone in Lakewood. Traffic might be rough at 5:00. Is there a chance of leaving earlier?
    I would prefer not to drive my truck but it has a back seat and can easily fit four, maybe five. If we take my truck I might ask someone to help with the driving.

    June 30, 2014

  • L Lisa L.

    We have someone who lives in Lakewood (and can't drive) who would like to meet up with someone at the Lakewood Park and Ride on their way out to Tacoma.

    I live just off of Hwy 16 and have plenty of safe, on street parking, so as of right now, that might be a good place to meet.

    June 27, 2014

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