Olympic National Park Guided Ecotour Options, Features, and Rates

Customize the perfect Olympic National Park guided ecotour on our menu by contacting us

Ecotours Kid Friendly Local Yearly Timing Elevation

Hurricane Ridge

Yes

Yes

all year

(In winter, HR road open Fri-Sun and holidays)

High

Elwha River

Yes

Yes

all year

Low

Hoh Rainforest

Yes

No

all year

Low

Tide Pools

Yes!

Yes

spring and summer

Lowest

Snowshoeing

Yes

Yes

winter and spring

(HR road opens daily in May)

High

Cape Flattery

Yes

No

all year

Low

3 - Parks

Yes

Yes

all year

(check HR access in winter)

Variable

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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

 

Youth under 16 years of age are FREE on tour!

Inclusive guided ecotour rates expressed in the table below as the total amount per tour:

Number of People

Aged 16+ years

 

Local Ecotour

(6 - 8 hour estimate)

Hoh Rainforest & West of Lake Crescent

(8 - 10 hour estimate)

 
1   $260 $385    
2   $300 $425    
3   $340 $465    
4   $380 $505  
5   $420 $545    
6   $460 $585    

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

Inclusive Olympic National Park guided ecotours include:

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

Transportation to and from lodging near downtown Port Angeles, WA

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*

Snacks and lunch

All taxes and fees

* 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, food or equipment.  Past circumstances where guide service has made sense include but are not limited to:  groups larger than 6 people who already have transportation, 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 such as on tours starting west of Lake Crescent. 

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 is not an inclusive tour and therefore does not include fees, like the Olympic National Park entrance fee, transportation, food, or equipment.  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; Adults are 16 years of age or older; youth (under the age of 16) are free on our inclusive tours.  Rates are either for inclusive tours or hourly guide service, we generally can not combine elements from these separate services.  

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:  Inclusive 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

Inclusive Guided Ecotour Size:  Our minivan can seat a maximum of 6 people, which creates a small group experience.

Private Guided Tours:  We can provide private Olympic National Park guided ecotours by not adding more people to guided ecotours or through our guide service. 

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.

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

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, Cape Flattery, 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 three days (72 hours) before your reserved date.

Olympic National Park Talks in Port Angeles (or in other locations accessible by Clallam Transit): $100 per talk

1) Olympic Changes Over Space and Time - a photographic look at the Olympic Peninsula from low to high elevation and through the seasons

2) A Changing Elwha River - an overview of the historical, cultural, and biological significance (as well as personal) of the removal of the Elwha Dams

3) Olympic Peninsula Avian Indicators - explores the ecology of important birds like the Spotted Owl, Marbled Murrelet, American Dipper, and more. 

A herd of fifteen Roosevelt Elk relax in a subalpine meadow