3 Days in Olympic National Park from Seattle: Silent Forest - Hoh Rainforest

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A first-rate adventure in our favorite 1,100 square mile national treasure – spend time on foot in our favorite places in Olympic National Park! Our team built this tour to reconnect with natural silence in powerful landscapes; Olympic National Park is recognized as likely the quietest place remaining in North America. We’re out to pursue the tranquility that has been part of how humans have experienced the world for millennia – as we believe silence being rapidly compromised in our modern age. For three refreshing days, leave behind the bustle of the city to unwind in the beauty of Olympic National Park's pristine beaches, rivers, forests, and mountains. Follow in the footsteps of Roosevelt elk and black tail deer, discover tumbling waterfalls that feed into the crystalline Hoh River, decompress under a canopy of green as moss-draped Big-Leaf Maples spread upwards overhead.

Itinerary Details

Operated by: Evergreen Escapes Seattle

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Day 1 The Puget Sound, Lake Crescent, Marymere Falls, and the Pacific Coast

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Starting in Seattle, leave the bustle of the city behind on a morning ferry crossing of the bottomless Puget Sound while you keep lookout for seals, whales, and porpoises.

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Crescent Lake

Learn the story of the remarkable Elwha river restoration – the largest on-going dam removal project on Planet Earth – as we make our way deeper into the Olympic Peninsula toward sparkling Lake Crescent. After a family-style picnic lunch near the lake, we’ll get our first full immersion in lush forests and babbling streams on our hike to fern-laden Marymere Falls.

Duration: 3 hour

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After listening to the crashing water echo through the towering trees we’ll head for the coast and rugged Ruby Beach. Climb haystacks, explore tide pools, or just sit back and contemplate the vastness of the Pacific Ocean as waves crash into the shore.

Duration: 2 hour

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It’s just a short drive to your cozy camp, a beer cooler & charcuterie, a private beachfront, and a warm fire. Enjoy some downtime to wander and unwind. We’ll cook dinner for you tonight as we gather to share our own stories over the pulsing rhythm of the ocean. Tonight, it’s dreams of the rainforest in sleek off-grid, locally-built, mobile tiny-cabins.

Duration: 3 hour

Day 2 The famed Hoh Rainforest

Stop At: Hoh Rain Forest

Our second day is a true highlight. We delve into the Hoh Rainforest with renowned sound recordist Matt Mikkelsen to discover One Square Inch of Silence, likely the quietest place in North America. This perspective-altering exchange with Mikkelsen is a powerful re-orientation to our own roots in the natural world, how we once moved through it, and how we understood our place in it. By engaging the world through sound and taking time to truly listen, we give the forest a whole new life and maybe even find some deeper truths that extend beyond the edge of the trees. Once you dive into the intricate beauty of the ecosystem, you’ll never see the forest quite the same. Our relaxed pace allows us to move a few miles into the park, soaking in the subtle details of the place, the story it tells us, learn a little about the language of the birds, and even step into an ancient time when our presence in the forest was guided by a need to hear but not be heard. There is something powerful about the connections that arise in the quiet and Matt is an insightful, wistful, and fascinating guide on this journey.

Duration: 6 hour

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We’ll return to camp for plenty of laughs and stories over dinner at the nearby lodge.

Duration: 4 hour

Day 3 Hurricane Ridge

Stop At: Hurricane Ridge

We’ll enjoy a relaxed morning exploring the beach and taking in the ocean soundscape before we launch into our final day of adventure. After breakfast we’ll say goodbye to our camp and head inland once more. There are a few hidden gems we’ll stop to visit before heading to our main attraction for the day; Hurricane Ridge. We’ll climb up away from the sea, up proud of the towering rain forest canopy to reach the gusting winds of the alpine. After a filling lunch we’ll pack up some water and delve into this unique landscape. The trees here huddle close together to brace against winter storms and wind-swept branches indicate the direction of shelter. We take in the difference in sounds between the rain forest and this alpine ridge, while we let ourselves expand into the vastness of the valleys, rivers, and forests dropping away below us to the coast. We’ll witness the snow-capped Olympic Mountains jagged in the distance, and admire the tiny story of lichen written in the rocks at our feet. When you’re good and tired, we’ll find our way back down the mountain and onto a ferry, and our last crossing together, as we return to the shining Emerald City of Seattle.

Duration: 4 hour
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