Historic Press Traverse

Days: 8

Dates: July-September

Start & Finish: Seattle, Washington

Group Size: 10

Accommodation: 3-star hotel, guided camping and backpacking

Total Miles Covered: 53 miles

Physical Rating: 5/5

This trek will earn you bragging rights! By traversing many of the most remote parts of Olympic National Park you will cross 53 miles of trails in Washington Olympic National Park. Climb through primeval rainforests, ford deep and strong rivers, and relax and take in wide open alpine valleys all while raising money for a meaningful cause. 

You will follow the course of the original Press Expedition’s traverse of the Olympic Mountains (1889-1890). These European explorers were sponsored by the Seattle Press, calling their trip the Press Expedition. Their route later became known as the Press Traverse. This south-north traverse of the Olympic Mountains took the Press Expedition 6 months over one of the worst winters on record, but you will do it in just 6 days. You will never forget this journey or what has led you to take this path!

One can expect long days of hiking, significant elevation changes, downed trees and river crossings. Embrace some wet feet! It is a journey that will reconnect you to the land and connect you with your hiking companions for life.