Toleak Point

Forks, Washington

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Arguably the best one-night backpacking trip on the Olympic Coast, this challenging but rewarding trip offers plenty of variety for hikers. Included along the way is everything that makes this strip of wilderness coast so unique and beautiful: abundant wildlife, colorful tidepool creatures, terrific sunsets, rugged headlands, wild beaches, dramatic rock formations, and outstanding beach campsites far from any roads. Like all longer overnight trips on the Olympic Coast, it also requires some challenging hiking. You’ll be forced to take rugged inland scramble trails over Taylor Point and (depending on the tide) Scotts Bluff that include some ridiculously steep grades where ropes are installed to help you pull yourself up the cliff face. There are also plenty of muddy sections, roots to avoid, and a couple of headlands without inland trails, where you will have to wait for a medium to low tide to get around. But if you are able and willing, you’ll be rewarded with a coastal backpacking experience that is second to none.

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"Arguably the best one-night backpacking trip on the Olympic Coast, this challenging but rewarding trip offers plenty of variety for hikers. Included along the way is everything that makes this strip of wilderness coast so unique and beautiful: abundant wildlife, colorful tidepool creatures, terrific sunsets, rugged headlands, wild beaches, dramatic rock formations, and outstanding beach campsites far from any roads. Like all longer overnight trips on the Olympic Coast, it also requires some challenging hiking.

You’ll be forced to take rugged inland scramble trails over Taylor Point and (depending on the tide) Scotts Bluff that include some ridiculously steep grades where ropes are installed to help you pull yourself up the cliff face. There are also plenty of muddy sections, roots to avoid, and a couple of headlands without inland trails, where you will have to wait for a medium to low tide to get around. But if you are able and willing, you’ll be rewarded with a coastal backpacking experience that is second to none."

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Forks
Distance: 12.4
Elevation Gain: 950 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 2 days
Season: Spring-Fall

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