What to Bring on an Overnight Hike in Olympic National Park and Forest
The equipment items in my pack variates, depending on amount of nights I will be spending in the backcountry. I sometimes carry up to 15 days of food in the summer; without resupplying. Again, conditions outside and the trip's purpose is also a huge variable. It is inefficient to have one set of items for everything, so I'm listing things in generally used on average. Always practice how to put your backpack together at home!
Usually the purpose of my Olympic Peninsula adventures include backcountry photography, fishing, off trail and alpine traverses, so I pack accordingly for those variables. Be sure to check out my guide on recreating on the Olympic Peninsula.
|High overnight camping in the Olympic Mountains|
(Overnight Hiking) Being Prepared for Bad Weather
The Peninsula can have very unpredictable weather; even in the summer. I always base my packing list off of a worse case scenario concept. Many times I've woke up to below freezing conditions in September; which is the annual peak in good weather. It is not uncommon for a year around threat of bad systems to move in off the Pacific Ocean. This may lead to a few inches of rain in a 24 hour period. A hiker must be prepared of this reality. Always bring rain protection when hiking! Going out in cold weather? Check out this bad weather gear list!
Overnight Hiking Olympic Mountain Gear ListDisclaimer: Article contains ads in the form of affiliate links.
|Type||Gear Item||Weight (oz)|
|Packing||Seek Outside Divide Pack||47|
|Trash Compactor Bag||2|
|Foam Insulation Pad||5|
|Polycryo Ground Cloth||1.6|
|Shelter||Locus Gear Khufu Sil||16.57|
|Sea to Summit Mosquito Pyramid||2.9|
|Hydration||Sawyer Squeeze Filter||2.5|
|Cooking||Bobcat Kovea Spider||15|
|Sea to Summit Spoon||0.4|
|Food Storage||BearVault BV450||33|
|Trail Footwear||Luna Oso Sandals||16|
|Injinji Nuwool Toe Socks||3|
|Rain Protection||Frogg Toggs Rain Gear||3|
|Lighting||Petzl Tikka 2 Headlamp||3.1|
|Camera||Fuji X-T1 Mirrorless||768|
|Peak Design P.O.V. Mount||4.7|
Camping in the Wilderness Backcountry
This checklist will alter by case-by-case basis. Example: Backpacking during a weekend, will have separate needs to a hike across the Olympic National Park. It's important that you familiarize yourself in fair conditions, so what you are prepared for what mother nature's hands you. Always check the weather forecast before heading out the door. Stay safe out there!
Looking to camp not as lightweight? Check out my traditional overnight backpacking gear list!
Updated in October 2016 by Barefoot Jake