Lasting Adventures in Olympic

In Olympic National Park, take a guided backpacking trip or sign your children up for summer camp with Lasting Adventures, a longtime guiding company.
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Hiker at Point of Arches on Shi Shi Beach in Olympic National Park

Hiker at Point of Arches on Shi Shi Beach in Olympic National Park

Are you looking for a backpacking adventure in one of the most ecologically diverse national parks in the country?

With some of the world’s last remaining intact temperate rainforests, gorgeous coastline and spectacular alpine scenery, Olympic National Park is a hidden gem of the park system. And there’s no better way to experience it than by foot with Lasting Adventures’ experienced guides.

With Lasting Adventures, you can choose a three to five-day backpacking adventure in the Hoh Rainforest, the Seven Lakes Basin, the Ozette Coast or the Point of Arches, or you can customize your own itinerary. Read more at

Founded in 1997, Lasting Adventures is the largest, top-rated guide service in Yosemite National Park. It expanded into Olympic National Park trips in 2020, and its professional guides—some of whom have worked as park rangers—know the parks inside out.

“After growing to be the largest backcountry user in Yosemite, we knew we would like to benefit youth and clients in another area of the country,” says Scott Gehrman, founder and executive director of Lasting Adventures. “We decided to stay along the West Coast, and Olympic National Park was unique for being able to offer multi-day backpacking trips and for its proximity to Seattle, Portland and Vancouver.”

While exploring Olympic with Lasting Adventures, you’ll hike through stunning scenery and a range of ecosystems. Take, for instance, the Hoh Rainforest and Blue Glacier five-day trip where you’ll walk through a temperate rainforest, past pristine alpine lakes and take in breathtaking views of Mt. Olympus and Blue Glacier. Along the way, you’ll enjoy great backcountry meals, group camaraderie and opportunities to improve your survival skills.

Lasting Adventures also offers youth and teen camps, which means while you’re backpacking, your kids can be at camp in the same park. There are 6-day adventure summer camps for Young Adventurers ages 11 to 13, and for High Country Adventurers ages 13 to 18. All but one rest day is spent backpacking, with lots of breaks to take in the scenery and relax.

Youth programming is a core part of the organization. The camps focus on environmental education, wilderness skills, Leave No Trace practices and team-building. Along the way, kids will be challenged with supportive activities and fun experiences that boost their self-confidence, self-esteem and self-worth.

“Olympic National Park is unique in that it sprawls over several different ecosystems ranging from the coastal [mountain] range to the higher alpine ranges along with rainforests and old growth forests,” Gehrman says. “Despite its amazingly unique and historic wilderness, it's also among the least-utilized national parks, and we would like to help increase tourism to this spectacular national park treasure.”

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Cascade in the forest of Olympic National Park

Visit Olympic National Park Virtually

You don’t have to visit Olympic National Park in person to experience its spectacular mountains, rain forests and beaches.

Park ranger and kids at the coast

Ranger-led Walks and Talks in Olympic National Park

Ranger-led programs are available throughout the year at visitor centers. Visitors of all ages learn at ranger-guided walks and evening programs.

A family exploring the tide pools on Rialto Beach.

9 Things to Do with Kids in Olympic National Park

With four distinct ecosystems, there are tons of activities to keep the whole family happy. Here are our top family-friendly things to do in the park.

Hiker with a cell phone

Cell Phone Audio Tour of Olympic National Park

The National Park Service's phone-based audio tour highlights nine areas, so you can choose which ones you want to learn more about.

Park visitors get advice, permits, bear cans and maps from rangers at the Port Angeles Visitor Center near the Hurricane Ridge Entrance Station

Olympic National Park Entrances

Accessed via US 101, which circles the peninsula, Olympic National Park has many entry points. Here are the six most popular.

Camping on the Olympic Coast

Where Should I Camp in Olympic National Park?

A personalized guide to help you decide where to spend the night, from car camping paradise and remote backcountry sites to a slice of RV heaven.

Breaching gray whale

6 Wild Animals for your Olympic National Park Watch List

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Merriman Falls in Olympic National Park

8 Ways to Live in the Moment, Olympic-Style

Here are exceptional ways to have fun and be present, even if you can't be at Olympic National Park in person.

The "Hole-in-the-Wall" north of Rialto Beach in Olympic National Park

Which Trail Should I Hike in Olympic National Park?

Our personalized guide gives you a sense of what to expect on the trails from a relaxing stroll down a striking beach to a strenuous hike to a waterfall.