Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park is one of the most majestic parks in the United States. Initially established as a national monument in 1909, it later became a national park in 1938. The furthest reaches of the park are only 100 miles or so from Seattle, but incredibly Olympic houses some of the most remote wilderness in the lower 48.

The park encompasses nearly one million acres and is home to a diverse range of landscapes – temperate rainforests, rugged coastline, and alpine glaciated mountains. It is one of the most remarkable spots for photography in the Pacific Northwest.

At Backcountry Journeys, our workshops are aligned with the best times to photography the park: spring and fall. Both seasons bring the best conditions to the park. The coastal rainforests are lush with color and the chance at nice skies over the coastal beaches is amplified. We will visit the iconic Hoh Rainforest, as well as the lesser known Quinault Rainforest. These temperate forests are lined with mosses and ferns, which are towered over by old growth cedars and firs. Early morning sunshine filters into the forests of Olympic and brings them to life. It is a spectacular thing to see and photography.

Our other primary focus will be the 73-miles of primitive coastline within the park. The coastline is dotted with sea stacks, tide pools, and interesting rocks. The ever-changing tide always make each visit different. During our workshop, we will photograph the three best beaches on the Olympic Coast at sunset – Ruby Beach, Rialto Beach, and Second Beach.

Olympic is undoubtedly an absolute gem of the park service and one of our favorite photography destinations.  We hope that you will join us on this once in a lifetime excursion!

Highlights

  • Peak Wildflower Season
  • Mind blowing Sea-Scapes
  • Stunning temperate rainforests
  • Some of the BEST landscape photography on the planet
  • Small groups
  • Cozy hotels on the Olympic Peninsula
  • Shoot alongside a professional photographer

Olympic National Park

6 Days

Trip Price: from $3495 double occupancy

+$550 single supplement

Deposit: $1000

Meals: Most meals included (see itinerary)

Lodging: 5 nights lodging

Fly In/Out: Seattle, WA

Hours: Mon-Fri 8am to 4pm Mountain Time

928.478.1521


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Dates & Pricing

The earlier you book, the more choices you’ll have on dates and you’ll lock-in our lowest prices! Plus you can always change your mind – you won’t be charged to switch to a different trip before your final payment is due!

Trip Details

Physical Requirements
All participants must be in good physical condition and have the ability to hike with a daypack.

Group Size
We keep groups small to maximize your one on one time with the guide / instructor.

Accommodation
We will be staying at a cozy hotel along the Olympic Peninsula with one night in Seattle.

Meals
Most meals are included during the trip dates. Dinners are at hand picked local restaurants. We often do snacks on the trail and then return for a late breakfast during photography trips as we are often out early to capture the morning light.

Weather
Expect warm pleasant days with cold misty mornings and evenings. The weather can prove unpredictable in the Pacific Northwest and can change on a moments notice. Remember some of the best photographs are made before, during and immediately after a storm cycle. There is no such thing as bad weather just poor layering and gear choices – please plan accordingly! For more info on what to bring please email or call us.

Price Includes
Most meals, ground transportation, accommodation during the trip dates, professional photography instruction, medically certified wilderness guide.

Price Does Not Include
Airfare, alcoholic beverages, accommodations before or after the trip dates, guide & staff gratuities

Travel Details
Departure city is Seattle, Washington (Sea-Tac International Airport)

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