Olympic National Park Guided Ecotour Options, Features, and Rates

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Tours Kid Friendly Hours with Guide Yearly Timing Elevation

Hurricane Ridge &

Snowshoeing

Yes

6 - 8

all year except Nov. & Apr. if snowy

Snowshoeing only in winter

Hurricane Ridge access in winter

High

3 - Parks

Yes

8

Might have to substitute Lake Crescent

for Hurricane Ridge Nov. - Apr.

Variable

Hoh Rainforest

Yes

6 - 10

all year

Low

Tide Pools

Yes!

6 - 8 for Salish Sea

6 -10 for Coastal Beaches

spring and summer

Lowest

Elwha River

Yes

6 - 8

all year

Low

Cape Flattery

Yes

10

all year

Low

Sol Duc Waterfall

Yes

8 - 10

road usually closed in winter

Middle

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Three smiling participants hold yellow salmonberries up to their mouth while their smiling Olympic National Park 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

Tours Priced Based on the Distance to Each Destination from Port Angeles:

Total Cost for 1-6 People per Tour   Single Destination + An Out-of-the-Way Destination  

Hurricane Ridge

(including snowshoeing)

  $300

+ most destinations east of Lake Crescent

including 3-Parks with tidepools $350

   

Elwha River &

Salish Sea Tidepooling

  $300

combine tidepooling and the Elwha

for the same price (on-the-way)

   

Sol Duc Waterfall Tour

  $375

+ Marymere Falls (on-the-way)

   

La Push Beach Tour

  $425

+ Hoh Rainforest $500

 

Hoh Rainforest Tour

  $450

+ Coastal Beach $500

   

Cape Flattery Tour

  $475

+ Salish Sea Tidepooling (on-the-way)

   

A lunch wrap, apple, and strawberries on a plate next to binoculars with a view of Lake Crescent and the surrounding Olympic Mountains in the distance

Guided tours with transportation include:

Experienced Port Angeles local naturalist, hiking, and birding guide Carolyn Wilcox

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

Personal use of binoculars* (except while tidepooling)

Shared use of spotting scope (when appropriate)

General hiking or snowshoeing 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.

Olympic National Park ecotour guide Carolyn Wilcox smiling while holding a large toad

Olympic National Park guide service ($25 - $35 / hour)

It does not always make sense for ExperienceOlympic to provide transportation.  If you have room to provide transportation for the guide in your vehicle and want to be on tour for a minimum of 6 hours, please consider our guide service.  Past circumstances where guide service has made sense include but are not limited to:  individuals with their own vehicle, groups larger than 6 people with space in their vehicle(s), families with car seats or lots of kid stuff, people with special needs, people with pets, people who prefer to drive and excel at safe driving, locals, or for situations when it makes sense to meet or drop off your guide outside of Port Angeles. 

It is REALLY easy for us to meet you M-F and Saturday in Forks!

The rate for guide service is twenty five to thirty five dollars an hour based on various factors.  Guide service does not include transportation.  ExperienceOlympic has not only guided individuals, families, and groups of friends but has also guided for birding, hiking, and school groups to provide essential local knowledge of the Olympic Peninsula.  We love working with anyone outdoors, so please reach out and get in touch about our guide service.

A line of 12 hikers coming down a trail parallel to the Elwha River in Olympic National Park

Experience Olympic LLC service guidelines

Reservations:  Please be prepared to provide a credit card number over the phone as part of your reservation, which needs to be finalized within 24 hours of your booking date.  You will not be charged on your credit card until your booking date and can alternatively choose to pay with personal check or cash.  Multi-day tours should be reserved on consecutive days.

Rates:  Rates are in United States Dollars (USD); CAD okay if similar exchange rate.  Rates are either for tours that include transportation or an hourly rate where the guide rides in your vehicle.  We generally can not combine elements from these separate services (i.e. loaner gear such as snowshoes and binoculars not included with guide service).  

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

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.  Remember that when you pay by credit card, you are most likely paying the credit card company a larger percentage that we pay Olympic National Park (3%) for our commercial use authorization (CUA).

Timing:  Guided tours do not operate on a schedule, rather they are by reservation only.   Start time generally based on your preferences, sunrise, sunset, and tides in order to maximize wildlife viewing opportunities.  A typical start time is 8 AM.  The timing of guide service for start/end locations outside of Port Angeles is based on Clallam and Jefferson Transit bus schedules and buses do not run on Sundays or holidays.

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

Peak Season:  Peak Season runs from roughly mid-May to mid-October on a yearly basis.  During peak season, please make your reservation by contacting us as far in advance as your plans allow to ensure guide availability.

Meeting Location:  Ecotours generally start and end near downtown Port Angeles but tours to the Hoh Rainforest or west of Lake Crescent can start and end in other locations (such as Forks).  Our guide service can start and end in locations serviced by Clallam and Jefferson Transit bus service (great bus service M-F, limited Saturday bus service, and no bus service on Sundays and holidays).

Weather:  All guided tours operate under variable Olympic weather conditions.

A woman on snowshoes taking a photograph of the winter wonderland at Olympic National Park's Hurricane Ridge

Private Guided Tours:  Generally all our tours are private. 

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.

Food:  Please either bring your food with you or we will stop at a convenient grocery store (Country Aire Natural Foods at 200 W 1st St, Port Angeles, WA 98362 is open 8 AM - 8 PM daily) or restaurant.  Food costs are not included in the tour.  Tours with transportation include use of a cooler and picnic supplies (as needed).  We will make sure to stop for food if you have not already shopped the night before.

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 should therefore bring a national park pass and identification or pay the entrance fee (credit card or cash) 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.

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

You Cover Olympic National Park Entrance Fees:  Experience Olympic tours do not cover entrance fee costs but we wish to assist you in navigating Olympic National Park's entrance fee structure because these fees have been steadily increasing since Experience Olympic started operating in 2013.  In fact, a dramatic change to the current national park fee structure has been proposed for popular parks like Olympic National Park.  Keep in mind that there are still a few free days in the national parks scheduled for this year.

Outside the Park is Great for Birding, One-Day Excursions, or Budget Travel:  Amazing Olympic Peninsula destinations like the Salish Sea, Neah Bay, Cape Flattery, Hobuck Beach, La Push, and First Beach are not in Olympic National Park.  When we go bird watching, the best locations are generally outside the national park.  These "outside the park" locations may become important considerations if you don't already have a national park pass, only have one day to tour, and are on budget. 

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 and consider tours to the Elwha, Neah Bay, La Push, or Ruby Beach if bringing your pet (on a leash).

Lingering Questions:  Read over Olympic National Park Eco Tours Frequently Asked Questions and then contact us

Cancellation policy

All cancellations must be made with ExperienceOlympic at least two weeks before your reserved date.

 

A herd of fifteen Roosevelt Elk relax in a subalpine meadow