Experience Olympic Guided Ecotour Options, Features, and Rates

Customize the perfect guided ecotour with Experience Olympic on our menu by contacting us

Tours Kid Friendly Half or Full Day Yearly Timing Elevation

Hurricane Ridge

Yes

Half or Full

May - October

High

3 - Parks

Yes

Full

May - October

Variable

Hoh Rainforest

Yes

Full

March - October

Low

Tide Pools

Yes!

Half for Salish Sea

Full for Coastal Beaches

March - August

Lowest

Elwha River

Yes

Half or Full

March - October

Low

Cape Flattery

Yes

Full

March - October

Low

Sol Duc Waterfall

Yes

Half or Full

March - October

Middle

Three smiling participants hold yellow salmonberries up to their mouth while their smiling Experience Olympic guide cups more of the delicious berries in her hands

A smiling boy takes a moment to pose on a rocky shore while touching a Giant Green Anemone, causing it to close

Experience Olympic ecotour guide Carolyn Wilcox smiling while holding a large toad

Book Carolyn Wilcox as your guide (pictured with toad)

If you have room to provide transportation for Carolyn in your vehicle and are well prepared to be outdoors, please consider our self-drive guide service. 

This option makes sense for safe drivers with their own vehicle, groups larger than 6 people, people with special needs, people with pets, or for situations when it makes sense to meet or drop off your guide outside of Port Angeles.

You Drive Us - $300 for Half Day (up to 6 hours)

You Drive Us - $400 for Full Day (up to 10 hours)

OR Carolyn Wilcox drives (1-6 Participants)

Add $200 for riding in our minivan plus loaner tour gear, thus:

Carolyn Drives Us - $500 for Half Day (up to 6 hours)

Carolyn Drives Us - $600 for Full Day (up to 10 hours)

Half Day Destinations:  Hurricane Ridge, Salish Sea Tidepooling, Sol Duc, Elwha River Restoration, or Birding Dungeness

Full Day Destinations:  Hoh Rainforest, Pacific Coast Tidepooling, Cape Flattery, Birding Neah Bay, or multiple half day destinations

A young participant sits on an old-growth Sitka Spruce log communicating with naturalist guide Carolyn Wilcox

Carolyn generally brings a spotting scope and her binoculars to share for all tours.  When Carolyn drives the Experience Olympic minivan the tour also includes:

Transportation to and from lodging near downtown Port Angeles, WA (up to 6 people)

Personal use of binoculars* (except on beaches due to sand exposure)

General hiking tour gear use as needed*

Various-sized outdoor clothing use as needed*

* Personal binoculars and gear use for the day might not be available, or appropriate, for children age six and younger.

Side profile of a woman looking through a spotting scope at a herd of Roosevelt Elk in a Geyser Valley meadow

Tour Reservations and Guidelines

Reservations: Email Carolyn Wilcox with your travel dates at tours@experienceolympic.com and she will set you up with a booking form for private tours (which should be finalized at least 24 hours in advance of any booking) or an expression of interest for our group tours (sign up anytime, payment due April 15).  Private tours can be booked anytime starting the year the tour operates.

Multi-day tours should be reserved on consecutive days.  Group tours and private tours where the total amount due exceeds $600 will owe a 10% nonrefundable deposit.

A hiker winds up a small Olympic National Park trail with snow still lingering on lush green Klahhane Ridge

Rates:  Rates are in United States Dollars (USD).  We generally can not supply loaner gear such as binoculars or trekking poles unless we are driving. 

Cancellation Policy:  Cancellations should be made with Experience Olympic as early as possible.

Hurricane Hill is pictured in the background as four participants stopping to pose while hiking on a snow-covered Olympic National Park trail at Hurricane Ridge

Private Tour Hiking Levels

Vehicle-based (mostly sightseeing)

Easy (walking)

Moderate (appropriate for all ages)

Challenging (longer distance with more elevation changes)

Group Tour Hiking Level

You should be able to comfortably walk 5 miles at a nature-loving speed each day of the tour.

Tips & Payment:  If our services went above and beyond your expectations, tipping is a great way to communicate your satisfaction.  Additionally, choosing to pay with a personal check or cash supports small businesses because the business does not have to pay any transactional fees.  For example, when you pay by credit card you are most likely paying the credit card company a larger percentage than we pay Olympic National Park (3%) for our commercial use authorization (CUA).

Close-up of a young participant kissing a yellow banana slug, where you can clearly see its tentacles, eyes, and pneumostome

Private Tours:  All our tours are private with the exception of our week-long group tours that can accommodate up to 5 participants in our minivan.

Timing:  Our private tours do not operate on a schedule, rather they are by reservation only.  Our group tours will start early in the morning (email us for a detailed itinerary).  Start time for all tours is early based on sunrise, tides, avoiding lines of cars, and in order to maximize wildlife viewing opportunities.  A typical start time from Port Angeles and Forks is around 7 AM.  If we are traveling to the Hoh Rainforest, we must arrive earlier than 9 AM and generally can not combine tidepooling since the low low tide is usually also in the morning.  The timing of guide service for start/end locations outside of Port Angeles is based on Clallam Transit bus schedules and buses do not run on Sundays or holidays.

Two participants posing at Ruby Beach in Olympic National Park with waves crashing in the background

Peak Season:  Peak Season runs from roughly mid-May to mid-September on a yearly basis.  During peak season, please make your reservation by contacting us as early as your plans allow but within the same year.

Meeting Location:  Private tours generally start and end near downtown Port Angeles but guide service to the Hoh Rainforest or west of Lake Crescent can start and end in other locations (such as Forks).

A couple using binoculars and looking for wildlife from one of the Cape Flattery platforms

Weather:  Tours operate under variable weather conditions however July and August is our dry summer season.  Destination, hiking level, or focus of Olympic National Park tours could change based on the weather, especially outside of July or August. Generally, the natural elements and rain in particular will not impact our outdoor plans. In other words, we will hike in the rain.  Read more about ExperienceOlympic tour gear to help ensure a safe and fun outdoor adventure for everyone.

Self-Drive Guide Service Vehicle Space:  Your guide will be traveling in your vehicle with you if opting for guide service so please make sure there is space for both the guide and a large backpack.

Olympic National Park hikers pose on a lingering snowfield at Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park

Food:  Please either bring your food with you or we will stop at a convenient grocery store or restaurant.  Food costs are not included in any of our tours.  We will make sure you have food.

Pets:  We can not transport pets in our vehicle.  Pets are generally not allowed on hiking trails in Olympic National Park.  Please arrange for Guide Service if bringing your pet (on a leash).

Olympic hiker going uphill next to a lovely subalpine meadow of red and blue wildflowers

Olympic National Park Entrance Fee:  Experience Olympic 's Commercial Use Authorization from Olympic National Park requires adult participants to pay an entrance fee (termed a "per person fee") unless a national park pass and identification (state driver’s license or passport) is presented by the participant to the fee attendant while on tour.  Participants on private tours should therefore bring a national park pass and identification or pay the entrance fee (credit card) at the time of entry while on tour.  A national park pass covers 3 additional adults traveling with the pass holder.  Children under the age of 16 are not charged the entrance fee.

Two hikers wind around old-growth Western Cedar trees and Sword Ferns in an old-growth montane forest

You Cover Olympic National Park Entrance Fees:  Experience Olympic tours do not cover entrance fee costs on our private tours but we wish to assist you in navigating Olympic National Park's entrance fee structure because the fee structure is complex and fees have been increasing.

Outside the Park is Great for Birding, One-Day Excursions, or Budget Travel:  Amazing Olympic Peninsula destinations like the Salish Sea are not in Olympic National Park.  When we go bird watching, the best locations are generally outside the national park. 

Lingering Questions:  Read over Experience Olympic Tours Frequently Asked Questions and then contact us

A herd of fifteen Roosevelt Elk relax in a subalpine meadow

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