Blue Glacier • 5-day – $1320
Blue Glacier • 4-day – $1220 (advanced)
Blue Glacier Adventure trek • 5-day – Inquire for price (minimum 4-6 hikers)
We approach Mt. Olympus, which at 7,962 feet is the highest peak in the Olympic Mountain range. The mountain is also one of the most aesthetic peaks in Washington State and offers a truly unique wilderness experience. The climb is demanding due to its eighteen mile approach hike up the Hoh River. The final summit pyramid (West Peak) climbs low fifth class rock and offers fantastic views of the Olympic Mountains and the distant Cascade Range. NWAG guided ascent traverses the Blue Glacier and ascends Snow Dome gaining the Olympus Massif to its West Peak summit. On the approach we experience the Hoh rain forest and Glacier Meadows with its beautiful Avalanche Lily. The five day ascent provides adequate time to summit and our professional guides will introduce the basic mountaineering skills necessary to make the climb.
For large groups, it’s possible to hire Lama support. The benefit of lama support makes the journey much more pleasant and allows more time to experience this wonderful alpine setting. Please note: Lama’s are only able to carry loads to Elk Lake, requiring climbing parties to carry heavy backpacks from Elk Lake to Glacier Meadows. 2.2 miles, 1800 vertical feet gain. Or further to the base of the Snow Dome.
Come experience the lush old growth rain forest of the Hoh river valley and step foot on the majestic Blue Glacier. We’re able to provide a fully supported trek using Lama’s, meaning you only carry a small hiking backpack with your essential clothing and camera gear. Add a few bottles of wine, cheese and crackers and enjoy the mountains first class. Who say’s you shouldn’t have some fun while exploring the backcountry!
Day 1 • Hike to Lewis Meadows, camp near the river.
Day 2 • Hike to Martins Creek, relax and take a swim in Elk Lake.
Day 3 • Hike to Blue Glacier, explore the glacier, return to Martins Creek.
Day 4 • Hike to Lewis Meadows, camp near the river.
Day 5 • Hike to Hoh River trailhead.
Climbs begins and ends in Olympic NP
Plan to arrive the day before the climb begins.
Day 1 • Hike to Camp
Meet at the Wilderness Information Center in Port Angeles. Gear check. Drive to the Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center. Hike the Hoh Rain Forest trail to camp at Lewis Meadows. (B)
Day 2 • Hike to High Camp
Hike to camp at Glacier Meadows or cross the Blue Glacier and camp at the base of Snow Dome. Basic skills review. (B, D)
Day 3 • Summit Day • Mount Olympus • 7,929 feet
Summit day starts early. Begin climbing the Blue Glacier or Snow Dome from camp to the summit pyramid. The climb traverses rock and snow before reaching the final exposed summit pitches. We scramble rock (class 3) to the summit. Descend to camp. (B, D)
Day 4 • Hike to Camp
Hike to Lewis Meadows. (B, D)
Day 5 • Hike to Trailhead
Pack our gear and return to the trailhead. (B)
Plan to depart the day after the climb ends.
NWAG makes every effort to uphold the scheduled itinerary, although our guides are given discretion to adapt the itinerary for reasons beyond our control or due to the needs of the group. Meal schedule: (B) Breakfast (L) Lunch (D) Dinner
Where to Meet
8:00 am, the morning of the climb, we meet in Port Angeles for equipment check before heading to the trailhead.
We will email you PreClimb info including gear list and departure details upon registration.
Wilderness Information Center
3002 Mt Angeles Road
Port Angeles, WA 98362
Registration and Payments
$500.00 deposit includes a $200.00 non-refundable registration fee, due with application.
Balance due 90 days prior to start date. Please read NW Alpine Guides Reservation/Refund Policy for details.
Guided climb and instruction
Scheduled meals on the mountain (breakfast, dinner, hot drinks)
Professional mountain guide
Group equipment (including tents, ropes, stoves, etc.)
Services not included
National Park entrance fee
Lunch and snack food
Hotels or lodging
Trip cancellation insurance
Medical and evacuation coverage