A friend and I want to go on a two day, two night backpacking trip. We were wondering which would be a better option if we're leaving from Seattle on a Sunday evening, and returning Tuesday evening. Eventually I'll be back in the area in a few years, but we'd love some mountains and beautiful views. Any advice?
I recommend Olympic National Park for sure! The Olympic Peninsula is just stunning too if you want to see a remarkable sunset. Camping Neah Bay is super unique and the furthest you can get. It is far, so 2 days might not be enough.
I LOVE Mount Rainier. Climbed it a couple of times but now I only go there for a long weekend PERFECT for two days.. Great places to car-camp with real flushing toilets and running water allow for you to do day hikes on the Wonderland Trail. Also allows you to have a campfire in the car-camp area( depending on the fire-risk) Beautiful starry nights and even an area where the Rangers give a nightly lecture and slide show.. Enter from the North near Alta Crystal Resort.
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Mount Rainier will save you some time, because your drive will be shorter. But there will probably be way fewer people in the Olympics, so that would be a better choice if you want to escape the crowds.