Thank you to all the contributors here answering questions!
I am leaving for Seattle tomorrow morning, and have the following itinerary planned. I've been trying to figure out what is possible and what's not due to weather, driving times, difficulty etc. Could you please provide some feedback on this itinerary?
Background: Mid-20s couple used to walking 2-3 miles every day to and from work. No hiking experience. Experience biking on roads but not mountain biking.
Wednesday, June 13: Arrive in Seattle
Thursday, June 14, morning: leave early in the morning (thinking 7-8am?) for Mount Rainier.
We were planning on doing the Skyline Trail. I am not sure if this will be open based on the road status on the park website:
As of May 29, according to the above link, Paradise Valley Road will still be closed when we arrive. Is it still possible to do the Skyline Trail?
Assuming we complete the Skyline Trail in ~5 hours, it should be about mid-afternoon / 3pm at this point. Will it be possible to do another trail/drive at this point?
Dinner at Alexander Country lodge at 7pm where we will be staying.
Friday, June 15 morning: Nisqually Vista trail? We will have a good amount of time on Friday as we were planning on driving back to Seattle in time for a 7pm dinner reservation. Still haven't ironed out the details of what to do on this day.
Saturday, Sunday June 16-17: Seattle
OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK:
Monday, June 18:
We were planning on doing the Hurricane Ridge Trail/Cirque Rim trail. Is it ambitious at this point to do the High Ridge and/or Hurricane Hill trail?
After Hurricane Ridge, depending on which trails we can do, we were thinking of stopping by Lake Crescent, which should be a ~45 minute drive, hang out there.
Is this itinerary too jam-packed? Ideally we want to see as much as we can without rushing too much (isn't that always the goal? haha)
Tuesday, June 19:
Leave early in the morning (6,7 AM) for Rialto or Ruby beach (which would you suggest?), budgeting driving time of about 2 hours. Based on the tide tables on Kaleberg.com, this should leave us (on arrival) at about mid-way between high and low tide. Is this advisable?
After Rialto or Ruby beach, Hoh Rain Forest, assuming we arrive there around 1pm after a 2 hour drive. We are planning on the River Valley Trail here. How much time should we budget for this?
Depending on your feedback on the tides, would it make sense to do the Hoh Rain Forest first, and then do Rialto or Ruby beach?
Wednesday, June 20: leave Olympic Lodge at 7:30 AM, and allot a 4 hour travel time, to make sure we get to SEA-TAC in time for our 2 PM flight.
What do you guys think? Thanks in advance for any feedback and thanks for all the contributions in other posts! They helped to create this (still draft) itinerary.