New Trip: Olympic National Park

Here comes another one!

We love the Pacific Northwest, so our latest release, Olympic National Park, will look to explore even more of this wondrous region. Backcountry Journeys has developed a really cool itinerary that’ll position us to explore the incredibly diverse wonders of Olympic National Park!

 

Diversity is the best word to describe Olympic National Park. The Park features an incredible range of precipitation and elevation that combine to create a variety of different ecosystems inside the nearly million-acre park. Protected inside its boundaries are a vast wilderness, thousands of years of human history, and the previously mentioned ecosystems that include glacier-capped mountains, old-growth temperate rainforests, and over 70 miles of savage Pacific Ocean coastline.

Phenomenal views can be enjoyed any time of the year from overlooks in the Olympic Mountains. Beautiful alpine lakes, sparkling rivers, and valleys make this ecosystem spectacular.   

West of the mountains are temperate rainforests, where rainfall is measured in feet – they receive on average 12-14 feet annually – and a lush green canopy of coniferous and deciduous trees. The Hoh Valley, located here, is one of the finest remaining examples of temperate rainforest in the country.

Rocky beaches, giant drift logs, pounding waves and views of offshore islands known as ‘sea stacks’ are incredible features of coastal areas of Olympic National Park.

Travel with Backcountry Journeys to the Pacific Northwest during the spring season to take advantage of fewer crowds and great chances at photographing the spectacular landscapes, roaring waterfalls, and even wildlife such as Roosevelt Elk and Black bear, as both become more visibly active during spring.

We expect this trip to be highly sought-after by Backcountry Journeys photographers as we venture to the Pacific Northwest for its outstanding and unrivaled diversity for landscape photographers.

Olympic National Park
Lodge-based hiker photo
May 17th – 22nd, 2020
6 Days / from $3,495

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Kenton Krueger

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kenton Krueger grew up and spent the first 33 years of his life in the corn country of Omaha, Nebraska. After studying aviation at the University of Nebraska Omaha’s Aviation Institute, he “conned” his way into the newsroom at the award-winning Omaha World-Herald where for 3+ years he wrote and photographed news articles on a variety of topics such as community events, travel and even mixed martial arts for the sports department. Yet something was missing. While on backpacking trips to Grand Teton and Grand Canyon National Parks in the mid-2000’s he was quick to realize that the wild lands of the western United States stoked a fire in his heart as nothing else could. This realization led to a relocation to Flagstaff, Arizona, and he hasn’t looked back. He has spent the past several years guiding backpackers, hikers and photographers into the wild places of the American West such as Havasu Falls, Grand Canyon, and Yellowstone National Parks as well as in the Grand Staircase Escalante in southern Utah. In addition to backpacking and camping, his adventures include rock climbing, exploring the slot canyons of southern Utah, mountain biking, and bagging 14ers in Colorado’s San Juan Mountain Mountain Range. Kenton is a trail runner, a former pilot, newspaper photographer, and writer. Kenton looks forward to utilizing his years of guiding experience, combined with his passion and experience behind the lens to provide memorable and unforgettable experiences at the wild places we will visit together.

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