Easy backpacking with awesome views

After a short and easy hike on the Baker Lake trail you arrive at Anderson Point, an area of scattered camp sites next to Baker Lake with stunning views of Koma Kulshan (Mt. Baker). Koma Kulshan is an active volcano covered in a shimmering layer of glaciers.

This camp area can fill up quickly on the weekends but if you go during the week you well have plenty of privacy. Great begginners backpacking trip- also great for a relaxing overnight for all skill levels!

Stunning beach

After an easy hike you arrive at Shi Shi beach-. You can call anywhere on this stunning beach- just watch out for high tide! We saw all kinds of creatures, from starfish in the tide pools to otters on the beach and in the ocean. 

There is a relatively difficult but short hike over the bluffs to a stunning cove. You can't camp at the cove but If you are camping on the beach it is definitely worth a day trip. 

When I went in early April I had the beach to myself for two days and only saw through hikers and one other camping couple.

Pristine Rainforest Campground with Hot Springs

The Sol Duc hot springs campground is next door to the hot springs resort in northern Olympic National Park. The campgrounds are often crowded year round due to the popular hot springs as campers are given access to the hot springs pools inside the resort. We went over a chilly rainy weekend in April and had what felt like the whole place to ourselves. The camp sites, while close together, are semi private due to the lush rainforest all around. Starting a fire is difficult, make sure you pack rain gear, and keep your site clean because there are black bears around- however, none of this should stop you! It's a rain forest after all!

 The surrounding forest is pure magic- emerald green and full of old growth evergreen trees. There is an easy nature trail (unpaved and some incline so if you have trouble walking this may not be for you) less than 5 miles from the camp that offers some truly beautiful views of the Sol Duc River. There is also access to the Sol Duc Falls trail directly from Loop B campsites. This trail is fairly difficult coming from camp and is about 6 miles round trip. If you drive up the road a bit you can use the main trailhead for Sol Duc Falls and cut out a lot of the more difficult terrain.