20 miles NORTHbound on the beach!

     Here it is--the spring backpacking trip you've been waiting for! We're going to hike 20 miles along the beach from Rialto to Ozette. This is Olympic National Park's longest stretch of hike-able beach. We'll be gone 4 days and 3 nights.

     We'll be hiking on sand and rocks--some of the hiking is pretty difficult. We'll average about 5 miles miles per day. Expect to see some really cool tidepools, bald eagles, raccoons, and possibly seals. Expect windy cool weather, and at least 1 day of rain. Consider bringing a book, or another way to entertain yourself in camp.

     What you'll need-- tent, sleeping bag, warm clothes, rain gear, food for 4 days, positive attitude, and a sense of adventure. If you don't have a stove or water filter, please post below so you can arrange to share with someone who has one. Post below if you want to share a tent. Bring a bear cannister if you have one; otherwise we'll rent when we get our camping permit in Port Angeles. (One cannister can hold food for 2 people on a 4-day trip.) Gaitors may be useful. I will have a big tarp, so if it rains we'll have a place to sit and cook.

     More details-- I'm going to arrange carpooling so we can get into the smallest number of cars. PLEASE ANSWER THE RSVP QUESTIONS SO I CAN MAKE THE CARPOOLS. Carpool details will be emailed about Tuesday May 21. We'll take the 7:50am Edmonds-Kingston ferry. We'll stop in Port Angeles and pick up our camping permit and rent bear cannisters. Then we'll stop at the Hungry Bear Cafe in Beaver WA at 11:15. At the Hungry Bear, we'll meet Mel's group of SOUTHbound hikers. We'll swap cars. We'll drive the SOUTHbound groups' cars to Rialto, and the SOUTHbound group will drive our cars up to Ozette. We're hiking NORTHbound; Mel's group will hike SOUTHbond. When we meet on the beach on Sunday, we'll exchange keys. (And probably all camp together near the Starbuck mine.)

     More details-- I will reserve the camping permits on May 1st. I have a tide chart and have figured out where and when we have to be each day.

     COST: Plan on $50-$75 to equally split the cost of gas, ferry, camping permit, and bear can rental. Bring cash for a restaurant meal on the way home. You will pay $20 to RSVP-- that money will be applied towards your $50-$75 total cost. The deposit is NON-REFUNDABLE. If you RSVP "Yes", then change your RSVP to "No", YOU WILL LOOSE YOUR DEPOSIT.

     It's a long drive from Seattle (almost 5 hours)-- consider bringing a change of clothes to leave in the car, so you can change at the end of the trip. A very bad weather prediction will cancel the trip. If the trip is cancelled due to weather, you will get a refund of your deposit, minus the camping permit fee.

     Please feel free to email me with any questions. I'll be out of town May 5-14; I will reply to emails when I'm back.

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  • Alan L.

    Still trying to work out the logistics. I live in Bellevue. Would I bring my own car and, if so, where would I park?

    May 21, 2013

    • Alan L.

      Hi, Jen. Can we talk briefly?[masked]

      May 21, 2013

  • Shawn

    Jen-- In your email, you recommended everyone arrive at the Edmonds ferry terminal at 7:30 to catch the 7:50 ferry. However, I noticed the WSDOT website says "expect heavy traffic and long wait times westbound Thursday evening, Friday afternoon and evening, and Saturday morning" due to it being a holiday weekend and recommends arriving 30-60 mins early at normal peak traffic times. Just wondering if we should all arrive at ~7:00 instead, to be safe? Sucks to have to wake up earlier but it would be a bummer if some people made the 7:50 and others had to wait til the 8:50 ferry.

    May 21, 2013

    • Michelle

      Hi Shawn, I think the plan is I will pick you up at 6:45 at your place so we can be to Chris place by 7. Chris only has one parking space so I will need to pick you up.

      May 21, 2013

    • Shawn

      Sounds good, Michelle. I'll email you my address.

      May 21, 2013

  • Alan L.

    I have only hiked/camped for one night at a time. Can anyone recommend what and how much food to bring? Also, I have a water filter that I use in lakes but never saltwater. What do I need for this trip as far as water goes? Thanks!

    May 20, 2013

    • Alan L.

      What kind of food do you bring? All dehydrated stuff from REI?

      May 21, 2013

    • Shawn

      I usually bring a mix of dehydrated meals and fresh stuff (fruit, bagels, cheese, etc). The dry meals are expensive but require minimal preparation and are very light. The fresh stuff is usually bulkier and heavier, but a nice change of taste. Here's a link to give you some ideas: http://www.rei.com/le...­

      May 21, 2013

  • Alan L.

    I'm a photographer who would love to go on this trip. Will there be time to do some photography along the way or is it serious, non-stop hiking?

    May 20, 2013

  • B.G

    Wondering if the logistics get complicated if I join the trip driving up from Portland.

    April 30, 2013

    • Jenni D

      Hey Bhaskar! I am interested in this trip, and if I go, I will also be driving from Portland. It is possible I will wind up staying with friends in Seattle for a day or two before or after, so I may be a one-way ride... But if that is something you would find helpful let me know! Alternatively, if you don't mind driving, I could at least provide some conversation on the drive and then ride the train home! :)

      May 3, 2013

    • B.G

      Hi Jenni, sorry for replying late, I'm seeing your message now. I switched to the Northbound trip are let me know if you want to workout the carpooling on the return trip. We will have Mel for first 2 hr of the trip and couple of others coming from Portland, it will tight in the back seat with 3 sitting for the first 2 hrs.

      May 15, 2013

  • Shawn

    Sounds great, Jen! Now let's hope for decent weather. I have a stove and a Steripen purifier I'm willing to share; no water filter. I may be willing to share a tent too, if campsite space is limited (?), as long as the other person doesn't snore, roll around too much, or have night terrors (learned the hard way on that one). Will need to split a bear canister with someone too.

    May 9, 2013

  • Michelle

    I'm always looking to carry a lighter pack. I'm willing to share my tent, stove, and water purifier if someone is willing to help me carry them. I am also willing to share the bear container I will need to rent with someone.

    May 6, 2013

    • Chris

      I'll gladly help out with the water purifier and stove. =)

      May 9, 2013

  • Jenni D

    Oh hellz yes this sounds cool. I am pretty sure I can make it; will RSVP for certain ASAP!

    May 3, 2013

  • Phil C

    Sorry to be missing it Jen!

    April 29, 2013

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