Olympic Coast South: The Wildcatter Coast


Backpack - Olympic Coast South: The Wildcatter Coast

Shorter but rougher than the northern coast route, the Wildcatter Coast consists of daunting headlands, saturated forest, secluded coves, sprawling tide pools, magical beaches, and the shattered dreams of oil men and realtors who had hoped to exploit this rugged beauty. But now you can extol it! Marvel at roving shorebirds harvesting the surf, and investigate crusty rocks decorated in purple and orange by colonies of starfish. Not least, experience amazing sunsets— a fire-red sun extinguished by a furious ocean and glowing amid jagged sea stacks and bulky guano-stained bird-incubating islands.

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  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 17.5 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,900 ft

Do to the tides for the weekend, we need to start early on Friday. Therefore, we will be camping at South Beach on Thursday (see overview on South Beach camping below). Let me know what time you will arrive at South Beach. 

I will be leave early Thursday morning if you would like to carpool with me let me know and we will coordinate a carpool location 


South Beach Campground
Positioned on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, South Beach offers panoramic ocean views and beach access.

  • 2018 Season: TBD. 2017 Season: May 19 - September 25.
  • Reservations: First-come, first-served.
  • Sites and Fees: 55 total sites, $15 per a night.
  • RVs: Sites for 21 feet, a few for 35 feet.
  • Facilities: No potable water. Flush toilets available.

Friday morning we are driving cars to Oil City for a shuttle to Third Beach. We are scheduled for pick up at 7:00am. We are using the Olympic Hiking Co out of Port Angeles.

The cost for this trip is: $40 per person for the shuttle and $5 per camping night on the coast. Please bring $50 to reimburse me for expenses. 

Tides are the lowest early in the day, except early morning days for this trip.


Olympic Coast South: The Wildcatter Coast

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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 or extra stuff sack and cord designated for hanging food
  • Cooking pot/pan with plate and utensils
  • Toilet paper and shovel or blue bag to deal with waste
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