The extremely talented Steve Walasavage takes us into the wilderness for his costal camping trip around the breathtaking Olympic National Park, Washington, USA.
In the northwestern corner of Washington state is one of the National Park Services (partially) hidden gems: the wild coast of Olympic National Park. Over seventy miles of rugged beaches provide ample time and opportunities to escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life, despite being only a few hours’ drive from Seattle. Tree-lined sea stacks, crashing waves, and tidepools teeming with life await you… But don’t think you won’t have to work hard to get these Pacific views!
To get to many of the beaches on the coast, you’ll need to hike anywhere from one to several hours over terrain of varying difficulty. The beaches can get crowded during the warmer months, so keep that in mind when planning your travels. Bear canisters are required for all food items, and of course it’s always important to abide by ‘Leave No Trace’ principles. Overnight camping requires permits (see nps.gov for details).
I would definitely recommend a trip to the Olympic Coast; as a photographer, I myself can’t wait to get back there someday. Maybe we’ll cross paths!