Our trips are typically 4 days and 3 nights, often have ~6 clients, ~2-3 Guides and 5-7 llamas. Guests enjoy freshly cooked excellent meals. Llamas carry the kitchen, food, safety gear, etc as well as a camp chair and up to 25 lbs of your own personal gear (tent, sleeping bag, clothes, personal effects). Until March 15th the trip cost is $1550.per guest,which includes sales tax and permit fees. . If you think your guide does a good job, gratuity is welcome, but not required.
In the table below a 'spot' means we have room for one human guest. A short description of each trip can be found below; for additional information, we'd be happy to talk at rutherbio(at)live.com
In Fall (Sept/Oct/Nov), we also do some Drop camps (gear delivery/pickup) in ONP and the Cascades. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for current details.
We begin in an ancient temperate old growth forest, following the Quinault rainforest. Elk, kingfishers and many other wildlife sightings are common, especially in the morning. Anglers can enjoy fishing for Summer Steelhead Dolly Vardens or Sea Run cuthroat in the Quinault river. On day 2, we cross the river on a log bridge and enter the Enchanted Valley and visit it's Ghost Chalet. Depending on rainfall, up to seven different waterfalls can be seen at once. For those desire to climb into the alpine, can enjoy thee different high passes with meadows that directly accessible from the valley.
Typical day: 5 miles with 700 foot gain or loss. hiking olympic national park llama
Outstanding wildlife and mountain scenery. meadows and lakes above treeline. Like the Enchanted Valley this is a scenic highlight of the Olympic National Park. We typically visit in August, when black bears can been seen grazing on blueberries and Mt. Olympus's snow glistens under blue skies. Due to it's alpine character, only a limited number of overnight camping permits are offered by the park on this route, but we take care of that. Llamas, which are mountain animals, step and graze lightly on the land and are allowed up here in places where horses are not.
Typical daily distance: 5 miles, with 2000 ft gain or loss.
We begin in an ancient temperate old growth forest, the ecosystem with more total life than almost anywhere else on earth. We then climb above timberline, where we camp and dine in the high mountain meadows above. These meadows are favorite of humans and llamas alike. If you have four days or more, we can make it all the way to the Blue Glacier and Mt Olympus. Alternatively, we can fly or gear fish for Summer Steelhead in the Hoh river. Typical day: 6-8 miles with 200 feet of gain, or 4+ miles with 2000+ foot gain
Hike meadows and Circque Lakes in some of the finest scenery on the eastern slopes of the Cascades. This route starts higher than our Olympic routes, (e.g. 4000 ft elevation) on the dryer east cascades, and has a distinct beauty. The 4-5 day eagle/Boiling lake loop is a past favorite, with about 5 miles and less then 1500 ft elevation per day.