Olympic Coast North: The Shipwreck Coast


Backpack - Olympic Coast North: The Shipwreck Coast

The trip is out and back, starting and ending at Rialto Beach. Join us as we visit both the Norwegian and Chilean Memorial on the shipwreck coast.

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  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 20.2 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 260 ft

We need to meet at the Olympic Wilderness Center in Port Angeles at 8:00 AM.  Pre carpool locations are dependent on participant locations.

Although open to all club members over age 18, this trip is also part of the B3 Backpacking Building Blocks series and eligible for B3 course credit. In addition, this backpack will have a practical instructional/learning focus and offer experience in proper gear use and camp set-up techniques.

Discover the shipwreck coast was you navigate over large rocks, boulders, driftwood logs, basalt, and seaweed covered rocks and very slippery areas. Headland crossing are steep and aided with fixed ropes. This part of the coast can be challenging to navigate.

 1st day: We are hiking 3.8 miles from Rialto Beach to the Chilean Memorial where we camp for the next two nights.

2nd day: You have the choice of hiking to the Norwegian Memorial (around trip 12 miles) or enjoying a relaxing day around camp.

3rd day: We are hiking the 3.8 miles to the Rialto Beach trailhead.



Olympic Coast North: The Shipwreck Coast

  • Custom Correct North Olympic Coast

    Green Trails Ozette No. 130S

    Trails Illustrated Olympic National Park

    Green Trails Olympic Coast Beaches No. 99S
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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials plus overnight gear which may include:

  • Tent with footprint/ground tarp
  • Stove and fuel
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Water filter
  • Bear canister
  • Cooking pot/pan with plate and utensils
  • Toilet paper and shovel or blue bag to deal with waste
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