Best 1.5 (Cheap) Days in Olympic National Park?
September 17, 2010 10:03 AM Subscribe
Myself and two friends have decided to do our annual reunion in Olympic National park but since we’re all short on vacation, we only have Friday night through Sunday afternoon. Is there a way we could somehow combine a 4-10 mile day hike with a coastal experience in this amount of time? I've seen the wta.org and nps.gov sites but I'm sort of overwhelmed by choice and looking for recommendations.
posted by neko75 to Travel & Transportation around Port Angeles, WA (5 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I’m flying in from the Midwest, so I’d like to do the “best” of the park. We need to bring/cook all our own food because of a severe gluten allergy in the group and because of an old sports injury, another person can’t carry enough gear to do overnight backpacking. We are all fit, outdoorsy and reasonably skilled hikers, however, so we can handle a fairly intense hike, and ideally we'd like to save money on accommodations by camping at the end of our day of hiking, although cabins could also work. Do we need to choose mountains or coast? Should we entirely forget about the coast because we’d be teaching ourselves to read tide tables between now and then using the internet? We’re intrigued by the hot springs—are they worth trying to fit in? General recommendations of trails, campgrounds/cabins and "you should know" anecdotes all welcome. We'll be driving from Seattle and Vancouver.