Mount Rainier Trip

Mount Rainier

High Trails Adventure - Grades 12-12+

Explore the most diverse ecosystem in North America. Climb Washington’s two tallest snow-clad peaks. Trek the “American Alps”. Raft thrilling whitewater. Watch the sun rise from above the clouds on the summit of Mount Rainier.

21 Days

$4,995

  • July 17th - August 6th
  • Seattle, WA

Day 1

Today marks your arrival into the bustling city of Seattle! Upon entering the airport, you’ll be promptly greeted by your Wilderness Adventures group leaders, as well as be introduced to the rest of your new friends and teammates. Once everyone is gathered, we’ll depart from the airport and drive just a short distance to our first campsite for the evening. There, we’ll set up our tents for the first time, hang out, and realize what an incredible team we’re going to be as well as what an incredible summer we’re going to have!

Day 2-9

Today we’ll begin our preparations for our trek through the most ruggedly stunning part of the Northern Washington! While traveling along our alpine traverse, we’ll trek though some of the most incredible backcountry landscape that most of us have ever seen; glacier carved peaks, thriving fir and pine forests, and flower carpeted meadows will be our homes while we’re out in the wilderness these days. Our new environment is also an ideal location for us to acquire our advanced outdoor and peer leadership skills. Map and compass use, route and campsite selection, backcountry cuisine, and minimum impact camping will all become second-nature practice to us all. Above all however, will be the skills we learn by working as a team and unified whole when out in the backcountry. Toward the end of our first journey, we’ll all begin to assume more and more responsibility for route planning, meal preparation, and maintaining the general well-being of our community. And by the completion of our adventure’s segment, we’ll have crossed the cascades, certainly a lifetime achievement for all of us!

Day 10

Departing the backcountry, we’ll arrive at the shores of the White Salmon River, where we will meet our professional river guides. Our legs ready for a little rest, we’ll pick up rafts and paddles and hit the whitewater! Our day will be spent navigating the winding waters moving through soaring snow capped peaks, sloping lush valleys, and across glassy pools and exciting white water. Following our thrill ride, we’ll then have the chance to do some laundry, take showers, and also send and receive some mail before we venture out once again into the great outdoors and toward Mount Adams and Mount Rainier!

Day 11-14

After taking a break from backpacking, we will move south to Mount Adams, the second-highest point in Washington. We will learn the basics of traveling and camping on snow from experienced mountain guides. As we backpack along the old prospecting trails through dense fir forests, we’ll soon find ourselves gaining elevation as we enter the high country, providing us with unrivaled views of snowfields, flower-laden meadows and knife-like ridges! On the final day, we will wake up early and full of excitement to make the push toward the 12,280 foot summit. We will be moving before dawn, and the early morning light will only heighten the beauty of this picturesque mountain. From the top, we will see our next and final destination: Mount Rainier. Mount Adams will be the perfect activity to further hone our group skills before Mount Rainier.

Day 15-19

At 14,416 feet, Mt. Rainier is the highest and most beautiful volcano in the northwest; the place we’ll be calling home for the next three days! Upon arrival we’ll meet up with our professional guides and instructors. From them we’ll acquire the essential basics of snow climbing and mountaineering safety. Our first day on the mountain will find us setting up our basecamp at Camp Muir elevated at 10,000 feet. Once we’re situated we’ll pretty much relax, enjoy a great meal, and get ready for our summit assault the following morning. On our second day, we’re awake before even the sun traveling by the light of our trusty headlamps. Eventually, as we rope together and secure our crampons, the sun will rise to warm our backs and faces; there’s nothing quite like watching a sunrise from 12,000 feet! And then finally we are there, on top of the world! A challenging climb for most of us, every single obstacle we’ve overcome pales in comparison to the rewarding view given to us on the summit of Mt. Rainier! Truly the climax of our summer, this is something you will never forget.

Day 20-21

Following our successful conquest of Mt. Rainier, we’ll be heading back to Seattle and to civilization. Our last night together will be spent feasting at our celebratory end-of-summer banquet. That night we’ll laugh reminisce, and exchange contact information so we can keep in touch with each other. Then sadly, the following morning, we’ll head back to the airport to part our separate ways; at least though not without new friends and memories to last a lifetime.

Day 1

Today marks your arrival into the bustling city of Seattle! Upon entering the airport, you’ll be promptly greeted by your Wilderness Adventures group leaders, as well as be introduced to the rest of your new friends and teammates. Once everyone is gathered, we’ll depart from the airport and drive just a short distance to our first campsite for the evening. There, we’ll set up our tents for the first time, hang out, and realize what an incredible team we’re going to be as well as what an incredible summer we’re going to have!

Day 2-9

Today we’ll begin our preparations for our trek through the most ruggedly stunning part of the Northern Washington! While traveling along our alpine traverse, we’ll trek though some of the most incredible backcountry landscape that most of us have ever seen; glacier carved peaks, thriving fir and pine forests, and flower carpeted meadows will be our homes while we’re out in the wilderness these days. Our new environment is also an ideal location for us to acquire our advanced outdoor and peer leadership skills. Map and compass use, route and campsite selection, backcountry cuisine, and minimum impact camping will all become second-nature practice to us all. Above all however, will be the skills we learn by working as a team and unified whole when out in the backcountry. Toward the end of our first journey, we’ll all begin to assume more and more responsibility for route planning, meal preparation, and maintaining the general well-being of our community. And by the completion of our adventure’s segment, we’ll have crossed the cascades, certainly a lifetime achievement for all of us!

Day 10

Departing the backcountry, we’ll arrive at the shores of the White Salmon River, where we will meet our professional river guides. Our legs ready for a little rest, we’ll pick up rafts and paddles and hit the whitewater! Our day will be spent navigating the winding waters moving through soaring snow capped peaks, sloping lush valleys, and across glassy pools and exciting white water. Following our thrill ride, we’ll then have the chance to do some laundry, take showers, and also send and receive some mail before we venture out once again into the great outdoors and toward Mount Adams and Mount Rainier!

Day 11-14

After taking a break from backpacking, we will move south to Mount Adams, the second-highest point in Washington. We will learn the basics of traveling and camping on snow from experienced mountain guides. As we backpack along the old prospecting trails through dense fir forests, we’ll soon find ourselves gaining elevation as we enter the high country, providing us with unrivaled views of snowfields, flower-laden meadows and knife-like ridges! On the final day, we will wake up early and full of excitement to make the push toward the 12,280 foot summit. We will be moving before dawn, and the early morning light will only heighten the beauty of this picturesque mountain. From the top, we will see our next and final destination: Mount Rainier. Mount Adams will be the perfect activity to further hone our group skills before Mount Rainier.

Day 15-19

At 14,416 feet, Mt. Rainier is the highest and most beautiful volcano in the northwest; the place we’ll be calling home for the next three days! Upon arrival we’ll meet up with our professional guides and instructors. From them we’ll acquire the essential basics of snow climbing and mountaineering safety. Our first day on the mountain will find us setting up our basecamp at Camp Muir elevated at 10,000 feet. Once we’re situated we’ll pretty much relax, enjoy a great meal, and get ready for our summit assault the following morning. On our second day, we’re awake before even the sun traveling by the light of our trusty headlamps. Eventually, as we rope together and secure our crampons, the sun will rise to warm our backs and faces; there’s nothing quite like watching a sunrise from 12,000 feet! And then finally we are there, on top of the world! A challenging climb for most of us, every single obstacle we’ve overcome pales in comparison to the rewarding view given to us on the summit of Mt. Rainier! Truly the climax of our summer, this is something you will never forget.

Day 20-21

Following our successful conquest of Mt. Rainier, we’ll be heading back to Seattle and to civilization. Our last night together will be spent feasting at our celebratory end-of-summer banquet. That night we’ll laugh reminisce, and exchange contact information so we can keep in touch with each other. Then sadly, the following morning, we’ll head back to the airport to part our separate ways; at least though not without new friends and memories to last a lifetime.