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.