Olympic Coast South: The Wildcatter Coast


Backpack - Olympic Coast South: The Wildcatter Coast

One way shuttle hike

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

Meet at Oil City TH, 1:00 P.M.  We will leave two cars there and two cars will shuttle all of us north to Mora Ranger Station to self register our permits.  We will  then proceed over to the Third Beach TH to start our trip.  It is a 3.5 to 4 hours drive from the Seattle area.  Carpooling can be organized.

This trip is weather dependent.  A few showers or light rain will be okay. This trip requires the climbing of ropes  up and down steep slopes and fording moderate streams, possibly from calf to waist deep (a waist deep ford would be from heavy rains in which case we will likely cancel anyways).  Ban cannisters are required--no substitutes. Eight dollars per night ONP backcountry campsite fee.   Two treking poles and water shoes for the fords are required.  Looking at camping at or near Scott Creek, Jackson Creek and Mosquito Creek.  Distance between camps will be short with ample time to explore the beaches, relax, etc. each day.  Please print out  and bring the tide chart for Quillayute/Rialto Beach.


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 include:

Theses items are required:

  • Tent 
  • Stove and fuel
  • Sleeping bag in waterproof bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Water filter
  • Bear canister 
  • Cooking pot/pan with plate and utensils
  • Toilet paper 
  • Full waterproof clothing and pack cover
  • Warms gloves and hat
  • Treking poles
  • Water shoes for fords
  • Tide chart
  • Full hiking boots
  • Cash for permits $24, plus cash for carpool expenses, ferry
  • Bags for your dirting clothes and boots
  • Change of clothes for the drive home
  • Food and snacks for  4 days

Optional items:

Fire starter, poems or stories to share, binoculars, books to read, fishing pole, camera, camp shoes,  pillow, field guides, gaiters, work gloves, sun hat, sun lotion, small day pack, bug stray  money for possible  meal on drive home.


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