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post #1 of (permalink) Old 07-05-2017, 12:18 AM Thread Starter
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Default Olympic Coast Trail (June 30th to July 3rd)

June 30th to July 3rd, 2017
Eight of us spent our Canada Day long weekend down in the Olympic National Park.
Day One: After a long day driving and getting our permits in Port Angeles, we spent our first night at Third Beach near La Push. Cloudy and warm.
Day Two: Hiked the 2.5km out from Third Beach to the trailhead. Did an hour drive to Oil City and started our real journey. The trail started out with some easy beach walking and boulder hopping. After that, most of the hike was done inland. Took us about three hours to do that part. LOTS of ups and downs in the forest. Just when you hear the sound of the waves and you're hiking downhill, the trail leads you back uphill! Second night, camped at Mosquito Creek. Relatively warm, sunny and windless.
Day Three: The sun came out! Well, morning mist but it burned out by the time the we started passing by the sea stacks. Wow! I've been yearning to see these sea stacks in person for ages.They are stunning. And this day definitely did not disappoint. The sun came out making this trek from Mosquito Creek to Scott Creek the highlight for me. Just miles and miles of walking on the sandy shores. Beyond the water line stood those giant pervasive sea stacks continually keeping us company
It was July 4th weekend down there so at Toleak Point, it was pretty busy with other backpackers and day hikers. Initially we had wanted to stay here. But with the crowds and the fact we needed to get to Scott Creek before high tide, we continued on for another hour or so. Spotted a dead Grey whale around Strawberry Point. What a nasty that smell that was! Third night, camped at Scott Creek. Windy but had a outstanding sunset.
Day Four: Hike out. Back to Third Beach trailhead. Us drivers started our hike early so we can retrieve the other cars at Oil City. Started our day at 5:45am. Unfortunately, the tide was to high still to use the beach route. So we ended up going inland again. But the hike wasn't as tough as the second day. The ups and downs weren't as frequent. And the trail and ropes were dry at this point.


A highly recommended relatively easy backpack with quality scenery to say the least. Relatively easy in drier conditions that is. Could be kind a treacherous in rainy soggy weather with lots of slick clay sections , greasy rock beach boulders and what would be nasty log walking. Totally worth the drive and the effort.








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post #2 of (permalink) Old 07-05-2017, 12:41 PM
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Thanks for the report. I've spent a lot of time on the northern olympic coast but haven't gone down to the southern section yet. Each time I try to plan a trip either the weather or the tides have conspired against me. This one is now higher up on my list.
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Your Welcome.

I myself have been having the same problem with the southern portion and am pleased to have finally gotten to explore this coastal trek. Was definitely worth all the planning involved in getting this done with 7 others. It's wasn't easy organizing the logistics for everyone on this one. Now to do the northern section next time.


Btw I think we met at Ancient Lakes up above the lakes on the knoll where you were camped Easter Weekend I believe it was. We were just passing through on our way over to the other Dusty Lake coulee. We were chatting for a while on the trail. I'm just going by your picture. Could be totally wrong though. (:


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Wow, that is one trip with quite a different landscape to our usual hiking trails. That whale must have put up a rather bad smell.

Those rock formations are so surely neat, almost like a group of teeth

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How much was camping at Third Beach? Was it 5$ per night?

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Btw I think we met at Ancient Lakes up above the lakes on the knoll where you were camped Easter Weekend I believe it was. We were just passing through on our way over to the other Dusty Lake coulee. We were chatting for a while on the trail. I'm just going by your picture. Could be totally wrong though. (:


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It was $8 for backcountry camping NP fee at Shi Shi earlier this year. Additionally at Shi Shi there are fees for Makah tribal permit and parking.
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Whoops! My mistake. Yes it must be your doppelganger then (;


As for the 1 night cost it is 8 bucks for a nightly permit you need to pickup in Port Angles ranger station. Could possibly pick it up at the other ranger stations in the area too. Not sure about that though. Seems we saw signage for 3 different stations along the way.


Well put Karl. A good analogy. Like giant teeth popping up through the water and the land. Ready to gobble up any stray hikers passing by. And yes the smell was HORRENDOUS! We new we were getting close having been told by the on sight ranger of it's presence. Probably down wind 300 meters when we noticed something was afoot.

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