Long-Distance Backpacking


Long-Distance Backpacking - Olympic Coast North: The Shipwreck Coast

Backpack the wild North Olympic Coast from North (Shi Shi Beach) to South (Rialto Beach) involving a river crossing, climb over steep headlands with hand lines, and explore ancient petroglyphs.

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  • Strenuous
  • For Beginners (Getting Started Series)
  • Mileage: 20.2 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 260 ft

Carpooling/Meeting Locations:

7:00 am in Poulsbo at the Windermere parking lot off Highway 305

8:30 am at the Olympic National Park Wilderness Information Center

Location are flexible depending on participant's origin.


Olympic Coast North: The Shipwreck Coast

  • Custom Correct North Olympic Coast

    Green Trails Ozette No. 130S

    Trails Illustrated Olympic National Park

    Green Trails Olympic Coast Beaches No. 99S
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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Normal backpacking equipment with the following additions:

- Shoes or sandals for the river crossing.

- Gloves to prevent burning your hands on the friction descending the fixed hand lines.

- Bear Canister to keeps animals out of your food. Each participant must have a bear canister. Bear canisters can be obtained at the Wilderness Center.


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