Olympic Coast South: The Wildcatter Coast


Backpack - Olympic Coast South: The Wildcatter Coast

Third Beach To Hoh River

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  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 17.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 250 ft
7:00 AM at TBD
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 graduation credit. In addition, this backpack will have a practical instructional/learning focus and offer experience in proper gear use and camp set-up techniques.

On day 1, we will set up our car shuttle, and then hike about 3.5 miles to Scott Creek. On day 2, we will hike 7.5 miles to Mosquito Creek, crossing the Creek near low tide (5:08 PM) to camp on the south side of the Creek. On day 3, we will leave camp early to take advantage of a -2.0 low tide at 6:04 AM to hike along the beach, ascending above Hoh Head, and finally descending again to the beach and completing our hike at the Hoh River, hiking 6 miles on day 3. We will pick up our car(s) parked at the starting trailhead, before heading home.

Maps: Custom Correct South Olympic Coast or Green Trails No. 163 LaPush. You can also locate and print USGS topo maps online for free – see http://www.mountaineers.org/foothills/hiking/docs/how_to_print_usgs_maps_for_free.html Guide books: 100 Classic Hikes in Washington and 100 Hikes in South Cascades and Olympics (both Mountaineers Press).

Leader permission is required, which you can obtain by sending an e-mail to the leader.

I expect low overnight temperatures will be in the 40s. You should check the current weather report shortly before departure: http://www.findlocalweather.com/forecast.php?config=&forecast;=zandh&pands;=forks%2C+wa

Since this is a Washington coast trip, rain should be expected, and you should bring rain coat, rain pants, and pack cover and clothes that will keep you warm when wet (no cotton!). The trip is subject to change or cancellation if the predicted weather is unusually poor.

Other gear notes:

1. Bear canisters are required, which you can rent for $3 from the Ranger Station in Port Angeles. (The bear canisters are required because of raccoons; not bears.)

2. You should bring some method of water purification.

3. Bugs are certainly possible; bring bug repellant.

4. To reduce pack weight, you should consider sharing gear, especially stoves, cooking pots, water filters, and tents. About 1 week before the trip, I will send an E-mail to all. If you are interested in sharing any items, Reply All to this E-mail, describing gear you would like to provide for sharing or if you are interested in sharing another’s gear. Sharers should make arrangements directly with any interested people.

Carpooling will be encouraged and arranged about 1 week before departure. The trailhead is about a 4 hour drive from Seattle; another half hour if we stop in Port Angeles to pick up bear cans.


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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