Climbing in Olympic National Park
At 7,980 feet, Mt. Olympus is the highest peak in the park and the most popular climb in the region. To attempt the summit, participants must register at the Glacier Meadows Ranger Station. Mt. Constance, the third-highest Olympic peak at 7,743 feet, has a well-traversed climbing route that requires technical experience; reservations are recommended for the Lake Constance stop, which is limited to 20 campers. Mt. Deception is another possibility, though tricky snows have caused fatalities and injuries in the last decade. Climbing season runs from late June through September. Note that crevasse skills and self-rescue experience are highly recommended. Climbers must register with park officials and purchase wilderness permits before setting out. The best resource for climbing advice is the Wilderness Information Center in Port Angeles.
Outfitters and Expeditions
Alpine Ascents. This company offers a backpacking and wilderness navigation course in the Olympic ranges. 109 W. Mercer St., Seattle, WA, 98119. 206/378–1927. www.alpineascents.com.
Mountain Madness. Choose from several adventure trips to summits around the Olympic Peninsula. 800/328–5925 or 206/937–8389. www.mountainmadness.com.
The Olympia Mountaineers. A branch of the Seattle Mountaineers, this group schedules climbing-oriented activities throughout the park. 360/570–0296. www.olympiamountaineers.org.
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