Mountains, Waterfalls, Rugged Coastlines, and Rainforests

July 24–30, 2023

The Olympic Peninsula takes all of the best natural features the Pacific Northwest offers—snow-covered mountains, lush rainforests, rugged coastlines, and beautiful waterfalls—and concentrates them into one region. This workshop is designed to optimize the photography opportunities in this special corner of Washington. We’ll be staying at the best accommodation closest to each shooting location—towering sea stacks at Rialto Beach, the verdant greenery of the Hoh Rainforest, and spectacular views of the Olympic Mountains from Hurricane Ridge.

Plan on bringing a wide variety of lenses to capture the rich array of subjects, from intimate details of the rainforest to vast mountain vistas. You’ll also want to bring neutral density filters, as we’ll be creating evocative long exposures, both in low light and in the middle of the day. We’ve planned this workshop to coincide with wildflower season in the alpine regions, and the best time of year for clear, coastal sunsets. Regardless of the weather, though, there is always something to photograph! We’ll be working by day and into the night.

Our experienced pros will share with you their unique vision and techniques, helping you optimize your compositions and process your images. There will also be ample time for one-on-one image reviews and group critiques.

This workshop can be followed by our Mt. Rainier National Park workshop.

Muench Workshops is an Authorized Permittee of the National Park Service.

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Washington State, USA




July 24–30, 2023

Fitness Level



Open for Registration
Limited to 8 Guests


This itinerary is subject to change due to weather, local conditions, and other factors.

July 25, 2023: We’ll start the day early with sunrise in the rainforest bordering Lake Quinault. Following our first image review and dinner we’ll photograph the dramatic Ruby Beach coastline at sunset.

July 26, 2023: We start early today for Hoh Rainforest and the spend morning photographing the Hall of Mosses and Spruce Nature Trail. In the afternoon we move to the town of Forks. After a bit of downtime in the hotel and dinner in town, we’ll head to Rialto Beach for sunset.

July 27, 2023: For sunrise this morning we head back to Rialto Beach with a hike to Hole in the Wall and some beautiful tide pools. We’ll hold another image review and instruction session in the afternoon. After dinner on the Quileute Indian Reservation we’ll hike to Second Beach for sunset.

July 28, 2023: We’ll get up early for the drive and hike to Sol Duc Falls this morning. Following breakfast at Lake Crescent Lodge, we’ll head to our hotel in Port Angeles. Late afternoon through sunset, we’ll work the vistas from Hurricane Ridge.

July 29, 2023: This morning, we’ll have another early start for wildflowers, wildlife, and panoramic views of the Olympic Mountains from high on Hurricane Ridge. We’ll make a late-morning return to the hotel for breakfast, an extensive image review, and lessons on post-processing in Adobe Lightroom. After our wrap-up dinner, we can shoot along the waterfront in front of our hotel at sunset.

July 30, 2023: Depart early for the Kitsap Peninsula to catch the ferry from Bainbridge Island to downtown Seattle. We’ll have you back at SeaTac for flights leaving after 1:30 PM.



Moderate: You must be able to do hikes up to three miles on uneven and sometimes steep ground or deep sand. You must be able to scramble over obstacles and ford small creeks without assistance.


Arrive Seattle–Tacoma International Airport (SEA), Seattle, Washington before 10:30 AM on July 24, 2023. Flights out can be made after 1:30 PM on July 30, 2023.

What to Bring

Please see our page How To Prepare For Your Workshop. We will send you a detailed information document 90 days before your workshop. This document will include specifics of where and when to meet, gear and clothing recommendations, and more.

What’s Included

  • Double occupancy lodging. Single available for $1,075 supplement.
  • All meals, soft drinks, and snacks during the workshop
  • All permits and park fees
  • All transportation during the workshop
  • Tips for crew, drivers, and local guides
  • Photographic guiding and instruction from 2 pros
  • Image reviews and post-processing instruction
  • Adventure, fun, inspiration, and a great time!

Not Included

  • Travel to and from Seattle, Washington.
  • Passport and visa fees (if applicable).
  • Any meals or accommodations before or after the workshop dates.
  • Items of a personal nature.
  • Alcoholic beverages.
  • Travel Medical and Trip Cancellation Insurance (optional, but recommended).
  • Anything else specifically not listed as included.
  • Single rooming available for $1,075 supplement.

Payment Terms

  • Your deposit of $2,995 will hold your space in this workshop.
  • The balance is due not later than April 1, 2023.
  • All of our standard Terms and Conditions apply.
  • Need special payment arrangements? No problem, just ask us.


“Greg has to be one of the most kind and patient photographers/human beings I have ever met. His photographic knowledge and knowledge of Olympic national park are outstanding. ”

— Charles Taylor, Olympic National Park '21

“Greg Vaughn is a class act. He is an excellent instructor and a gentleman. Up till now I have booked trips based on location, but in the future I might book a trip I would otherwise not be too excited about, if he was to be the instructor. ”

— Bob Slackman, Olympic National Park '21

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