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.
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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, WA for equipment check before heading to the trailhead.
Upon registration, you will be emailed a PreClimb departure PDF containing detailed trip information.
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 Cancellation/Refund Policy for details.
Guided climb and course
Scheduled meals on the mountain (breakfast, dinner, hot drinks)
Professional mountain guide
All group equipment (including tents, stoves, pickets, ropes)
Services not included
Trailhead parking pass fees
Lunch and snack food
Hotels or lodging
Trip cancellation insurance
Medical and evacuation coverage
A complete clothing and equipment list specific to your trip will be sent to you in the PreClimb departure information upon reservation. For your safety and comfort it’s extremely important that you adhere strictly to the equipment list.
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Head and Face:
**An expedition down parka w/ hood is required for Mount Rainier. A mid-weight insulated parka is required for Mount Baker and climbs and courses in North Cascades NP, Mount Olympus. Proper hard shell rain gear is required on all NWAG trips.**
**Proper hard shell rain gear is required on all NWAG trips. Gaiters are optional on mid and late summer climbs.**
**Read our Mountaineering Boot and Crampon guide for more information. Double plastic mountaineering boots or Heavy-weight synthetic/ hybrid mountaineering boots are required for Mount Rainier and early season Mount Baker and North Cascades NP climbs and courses. Single-weight synthetic/ leather mountaineering boots are adequate for mid and late summer climbs and courses on Mount Baker, North Cascades NP, Mount Olympus. NO Backpacking boots allowed on any trips, boots must be full shank and crampon compatible.**
**An adequate size backpack is required depending on the climb or course you’ve joined. You are responsible to carry all your personal gear and food, as well as a portion of group gear (tents, ropes, stoves, fuel, etc.).**
Personal Health and First Aid
Previous mountaineering experience is not required on most Northwest trips. Our guides will teach you the basic snow and glacier travel skills necessary to make a safe and successful climb. Although above average physical conditioning is required for most mountain climbs in the Cascades. Prior hiking, backpacking or climbing experience is very beneficial. High altitude experience is not required.
Most trips in the Pacific Northwest are rated as strenuous and we cannot over emphasize the importance of conditioning. By getting your heart, lungs, and legs in top physical condition, you can focus on learning, while being able to enjoy the high mountain environment. It is recommended that you have some hiking and backpacking (camping) experience prior to this trip. All participants are required to carry a share of the group food and equipment which includes tents, stoves, pickets, ropes. Be prepared to carry a 40 to 60 lbs backpack to high camp depending on the climb or course you choose.
The mountains of the Cascades Range are physically demanding and your ability to enjoy this adventure depends on your overall health and fitness.
It is often stated. The best training for mountain climbing is hiking, backpacking or climbing with considerable elevation gain (2000 vertical feet or more). Few other fitness activities truly replicate the physical demands of climbing steep mountains with a backpack.
We suggest you begin your training program at least four months prior to departure depending on your current conditioning. Walking up steep hills and stair climbing are both excellent ways to condition your lower body. Begin slowly, without the weight of a pack, eventually adding weight as you increase your training pace. In order to condition yourself to carry the weight, it will be important to take long hikes (4-6 hours) with a weighted pack at least one or two times a week. The best training for mountaineering is to carry a loaded pack up and down hills or small mountains. Hike uphill without breaks for at least an hour at a time when possible. Then break 10-15 minutes at the most and then continue hiking uphill for at least another hour. Do this as much and as often as you can. This is certainly not the only way to train but is probably one of the best ways to train for climbing big mountains. Don’t worry about your pace, this will increase over time, instead hike uphill slower if needed without taking as many breaks. Work at maintaining an even respiratory rate.
Unfortunately, many of you don’t live near good hills or mountains so then you will need to find another activity that will help increase your endurance. Supplement this with running, cycling, swimming, cross-fit sports, weight training, etc. for additional aerobic conditioning your heart and lungs. Any time spent at altitude will also prove beneficial. Remember mountain climbing (unlike running) is an activity where you slowly climb uphill over long periods of time while carrying heavy to a moderate amount of weight.