I always love going back to Olympic National Park to camp, it seems like every time is a unique experience. Each time I return, I make it a goal to drive forest roads I haven’t yet seen, which usually results in finding new camping spots.
This was the last camping trip in my jeep, so I wanted to make it count. I started my trip at the Hoh Oxbow free campground, and It was no surprise the campground was extremely full. Usually when I make a trip to the coast I have some privacy, but coming here in summer can feel like Disneyland at times. I set up camp for the night in a parking spot, which is a nice option to have with the tent being on the roof of my car.
My next day was a little more spontaneous as I decided to scout the forest roads in search for a more private camping spot. I made stops at Kalaloch Beach and Third Beach on the way, checking out the surfers struggling to find a good summer swell. Just before the Hoh Rainforest turn off, a forest road begins. I easily recognized this forest road from previous Instagram photos I’ve seen, everyone has only photographed the same stretch of road. I decided to drive this road deeper, and for about an hour or so It didn’t come to an end. I came upon a small lookout, and decided to set up camp. I put my Cook Partner stove to use, and utilized it’s power by making some percolator coffee.
Going forward my new adventures will be in my new Toyota 4runner. It was a great rig, but as my adventure ambitions grew I found that I was limited by my Jeep Patriot. I’m excited to not be held back anymore in off road situations. I haven’t yet figured out exactly how I want to outfit my new truck, but after some long upcoming road trips I will be making some decisions on how I want to customize it. Either way I can’t wait to take it back to the coast and tackle the roads I couldn’t drive in my jeep.
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