Olympic Coast South: The Wildcatter Coast


Backpack - Olympic Coast South: The Wildcatter Coast

This is a moderately challenging 18 mile coastal trip that consists of miles of beach travel, ropes and ladders to ascend and descend overland trails, climbing over boulder filled headlands, and navigating tides. We will begin at Third Beach and end at the Hoh River. $60 shuttle ride and $16 camping permit for Olympic National Park is required for this trip.

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  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 17.5 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,900 ft
  • Pace: 1.5-2 mph

 Meet at Oil City Trailhead to catch shuttle to Third Beach Trailhead.  Meeting time TBD

 ​This hike can be challenging with rope ladders to ascend and descend headlands, rocky beaches to hike, and creeks to wade. We will use the Olympic Hiking Company shuttle service in order to leave our vehicles at Oil City and get dropped off at Third Beach. The cost is $60/participant. 


Olympic Coast South: The Wildcatter Coast

  • Green Trails La Push No. 163S

    Custom Correct South Olympic Coast

    Trails Illustrated Olympic National Park
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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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