This is the spring backpacking trip you've been waiting for! The hike is 20 miles SOUTHbound on the beach from Ozette to Rialto. This is Olympic National Park's longest stretch of hike-able beach. It will take 4 days and 3 nights. Mel will be leading this group.
The hiking is on sand and rocks--some of the hiking is pretty difficult. 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, or if you want to share a tent, please post below so you can arrange to share. 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.
More details-- Jen (leader of the NORTHbound group) will arrange carpooling so we can get into the smallest number of cars. 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, this group (SOUTHbound) will switch cars with Jen's NORTHbound group. SOUTHbound folks will drive other other group's cars up to Ozette, and the NORTHbound group will drive our cars down to Rialto. When we meet on the beach on Sunday, we'll exchange keys.
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 dou to weather, you will get a refund of your deposit, minus the camping permit fee.