20 miles SOUTHbound on the beach!

     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.

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  • Mel

    Many Thanks to Jen for putting this on, the car swap is the only way to do a trip like this. Bashkar it was good to meet you hope you do some more trips with us, your stories about Death Valley helped us all forget about the rain. Dave thanks for bringing the tarp and extra food hope we all get to do another hike together soon.

    May 29, 2013

  • B.G

    I have Aquamira drops for water purification, I may have to borrow a filter from you guys if required. I'm also getting a Jetboil and a 110gm canister, if someone wants to share the stove you are welcome to do so.

    May 23, 2013

    • B.G

      okay, I'll drop my jetboil and just bring a canister.

      May 24, 2013

    • Dave L

      Yeah, weather report is better. As you see it changes very quickly. Let's just hope the getting better trend continues...I like sun!

      May 24, 2013

  • Dave L

    Weather looks rainy in the NOAA forecast. I would suggest we bring along a few tarps for some shelter around the campfire and some string to tie them up.

    May 24, 2013

    • johnny

      I agree. Anyone have a tarp they want to bring. I could swing by REI and get one of those fancy backpacking ones maybe. . .

      May 24, 2013

    • B.G

      I don't have a tarp, but I have some 50ft paracord.

      May 24, 2013

  • johnny

    Actually, I just checked NOAA, and the forecast has improved! woo!

    Saturday Partly sunny, with a high near 57. Light and variable wind becoming southwest 5 to 8 mph in the afternoon. Saturday Night Mostly cloudy, with a low around 45. West northwest wind 5 to 7 mph becoming north after midnight. Sunday Partly sunny, with a high near 57. Light and variable wind becoming west northwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Sunday Night Mostly cloudy, with a low around 49.

    Memorial Day A 30 percent chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 60.

    Monday Night A chance of rain. Cloudy, with a low around 52.

    Tuesday A chance of rain. Cloudy, with a high near 58.

    May 24, 2013

  • Dave L

    Hey Guys, I would suggest you all get a large black plastic garbage can liner and put it inside your pack and then fill the pack with all your gear. This is a light and efficient way to help keep all that stuff dry even under very wet conditions

    May 24, 2013

  • Mel

    Just a reminder to everyone to bring good raingear and packcover and No cotton. Bring your camera this trip is going to be awesome!

    May 23, 2013

    • B.G

      Mel, how about boots? Goretex boots or running shoes?

      May 23, 2013

    • Mel

      Id go with boots and gaiters we have some overland trails that get pretty muddy

      May 23, 2013

  • Mel

    Hey Johnny we will be stopping at the forks ranger station for bear cans and permits.

    May 21, 2013

    • Dave L

      Mel, I found my bear can so I won't be needing one, but thanks for offering one for me. See you at the Black Bear about 11:30 or so.

      May 22, 2013

    • Mel

      Ya Johnny my van is gased up and ready to go see you sat

      May 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have done this hike before and it's incredible! However, no dog equals no national parks without a dog sitter so not this time, but have fun!!

    May 20, 2013

  • johnny

    Huh, so I should have read the description better. I thought this was 3rd bech to oil city. How does this hike compare to that one?

    May 20, 2013

    • B.G

      This trip is north route, oil city to third beach is south route.

      May 20, 2013

  • johnny

    If we're not going through port angeles, where do we get permits and bear cans?

    May 20, 2013

  • johnny

    Hey Bhaskar, do you want to carpool from Portland? I was thinking we would leave Friday night and stay in Seattle that night, then meet them at the ferry. Or were you thinking you'd drive up Saturday morning and meet in Port Angeles or Beaver, WA?

    May 9, 2013

  • Mel

    Sure Johnny we got two spots left.

    May 9, 2013

    • johnny

      Oh cool, that's not so obvious on Android app.

      May 9, 2013

  • johnny

    Could I possibly bring my girlfriend as a plus-one?

    May 9, 2013

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