Day Hiking Olympic Peninsula: Gear List

  This is my suggested list of gear used for hiking around the Olympic Peninsula. Variations to adventure can be cycling, hiking, fishing, mushrooming or photography.  There are a lot of variables to building the your perfect list; including season, weather forecast and/or trip goals.  Consider starting with a base list and then customize it to your needs. 





Olympic Gear list






Ten Essentials & Suggestions

  • Sun and rain protection  -  Umbrella



  • First-aid  -  Kit



  • Extra Food  - Candy bars, ect.

  • Hydration  - Filter attached to large recycled water bottle






Need something to put it all in? This is the pack I use.



Did I miss something?  Have a question about this list?  Leave questions or comments below. 

Gossamer Gear Air Beam Sleeper Review

The Gossamer Gear Air Beam Sleeper (3/4 regular) is the perfect solution for lightweight backpacking.  Giving the ability to shave a few ounces off your back; without giving up a comfortable night's sleep.  This is especially nice for trips where you could be faced with sleeping on various terrain types.  It has helped me sleep soundly on everything from razor-sharp scree to river gravel bars in the Olympic Mountains.





Gossamer Gear air beam sleeper review





Backpack across Olympic National Park

  Walking across the Olympic National Park from the north near Hurricane Ridge.  We would backpack south through the Olympic Mountains using a custom route.  Our path would include 2 days of off trial travel, intersect the Pacific Northwest Trail for a full day, sleeping on the shoulder of the Bailey Range and then continue southbound into the Quinault Rainforest; using a mostly high route.   

Join our 10 day adventure, told through photography and video.

Editors Warning: Map reading, route finding and compass required. Several of the days include a traverse that require basic mountaineering skills.  It is not suggested for someone that does not feel comfortable with exposer or leaving a trail.






Sawyer Squeeze Water Filter
Lake Lillian Olympic
Second day off trail





Bailey Range: Stephen Basin

Join us while we traverse a section of the Bailey Range for 5 days. This backpacking trip took us into some of the best country the Olympic Mountains have to offer. Walking the divide between the Hoh and Elwha valleys, Olympic National Park. Stunning views of Mount Appleton, Mount Olympus, Mount Carrie, Stephen Peak, Mount Ferry, Mount Pulitzer, Mount Scott, Mount Dana and even motor vehicle traffic viewed on Hurricane Ridge.

  Editors Warning: Map reading, route finding and compass required. This traverse has several points where a fear of heights is not welcomed. There are also several bad gully crossings; a slip would be fatal. Rock scrambling and glacier travel skills are also required.




Bailey Range Traverse
Day 1:  Bailey Range Traverse




Backpack: Japan to Olympic Mountains

Spend seven days backpacking in the Olympic Mountains.  Accompanied by the founder of Locus Gear from Japan.  Walk a thought hike of the Olympic National Park from Dosewallips road to Quinault Rainforest; plus detours.  Story told through photography and video.








Summer Update: Stephen Basin, Bailey Range

  Just finished a five day traverse of the Bailey Range, Olympic Mountains.  We visited a less traveled area known as Stephen Basin.  It was tough landscape to walk on in minimalist footwear.  Millions of razor sharp rocks do not agree with the feet.  Then add record setting heat wave to boot.  (That was a pun)  Followed by a 24 hour thunder storm event.

Update: Read full Trip Report





olympic mountains
Olympic Mountain Explorer - Evening 2 of 4 on the Bailey Range