Backpack - Olympic Coast South: The Wildcatter Coast


Backpack - Olympic Coast South: The Wildcatter Coast

One description states, "Without a doubt, this backpacking trip should be on every hiker's bucket list. It's an incredible, challenging, and serene adventure". We will enjoy Toleak Point with Giants Graveyard, one of the more scenic areas on the Olympic National Park coast, and other photo areas on this 3 day trip.

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

The trip is planned to start at the 3rd Beach TH, and end at the Oil City TH (Hoh River), which requires a car shuttle. There is no plan to use a commercial shuttle service.

Tentatively we will plan to meet at the 3rd Beach TH and be ready to start hiking at 10am. The 3rd TH parking lot is small. In the event that it is already full there is an overflow lot at the 2nd Beach TH approximately 1 mile west. More detailed information will be available as the backpack gets closer.


As mentioned in the meeting place notes, the trip starts at the 3rd Beach TH, and ends at the Oil City TH. We will hike at a moderate pace. There should be plenty of time for taking pictures and enjoying the beach. 

There are a few ropes to help us get up/down bluffs.

There are also three creeks to ford.


  • Day 1: Hike from 3rd Beach TH to Toleak Point. We will have a rope assisted climb up a bluff. Note that Toleak Point and Giant's Graveyard is considered one of the most scenic areas on the coast.
  • Day 2: Hike from Toleak Point to Mosquito Creek. We will ford Falls Creek, Goodman Creek, and Mosquito Creek.  There is opportunity for exploration south along the beach. 
  • Day 3: The trail leaves the beach at Mosquito Creek until just past Hoh Head where there is another rope assisted area, before negotiating some slippery boulders.

COVID: Please note all participants must be fully vaccinated 

Please do not plan on getting home early. The tides will dictate the completion time. We will round the last set of rocks at low tide, approximately 3:30 and then finish the hike on the beach and then out the trail to the TH.

Cost: reservations cost $8 per person per night, and there was also a one time $6 reservation fee. So, participant cost is $25, to be paid in cash (leader doesn't do electronic payment methods).

Cancelation: The Olympic National Park requires the permit to be finalized a week (or so) before the trip. Anyone signed up for the trip at the cancelation date/time is committed to paying the $25 cost (simply because the leader would be stuck with the cost)

This is a leader permission required trip. Please don't send permission request emails until the sign-up date. There is no intent to give permission in the order of the requests. 

More information will be available at the trip gets closer.


Olympic Coast South: The Wildcatter Coast

  • Green Trails La Push No. 163S

    Custom Correct South Olympic Coast

    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 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
  • Bear canister
  • Tide chart
  • Some way to tell time
  • Topo map which shows headland tidal restrictions (Green Trails, or Custom Correct)
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