Pacific Northwest Discovery

Pacific Northwest Discovery

Discovery Adventure - Grades 5-6

With its snow-capped volcanoes, temperate rainforests, coastal headlands, and high desert rivers, the Pacific Northwest provides nearly unlimited opportunity for the budding outdoor enthusiast. The Pacific Northwest Discovery trip includes hiking, surfing, whitewater rafting, and a bit of mountaineering, all surrounded by this incredible natural setting. With a little taste of just about everything, this trip will keep you moving and help that aspiring outdoor enthusiast blossom into a capable adventurer.

21 Days

$4,695

  • June 20th - July 10th
  • July 13th - August 2nd
  • Seattle, WA

Day 1

Your group will assemble at the Seattle airport ready to begin your adventure! Already with views of the Cascade Range in sight, it will be clear that fun is right around the corner. After meeting your trip mates, you will travel together to your first campsite in Dash Point State Park where you will get your first glimpse of the amazing Puget Sound. This first night will be exciting as you get to know your group, learn more details about the upcoming activities, and learn basic camping and outdoor techniques such as pitching a tent! Your trip leaders will guide you through it all step-by-step!

Day 2-5

First on the docket is to spend some time on the Olympic Peninsula. This incredible landscape is home to three ecosystems: you will experience the high alpine terrain of Hurricane Ridge with dramatic views of Mt. Olympus; a wilderness coastline complete with broad sweeping beaches; and a temperate rainforest with green canopy, mosses, ferns, and tropical trees. Not a bad start to your exploration of the Pacific Northwest! You will get the chance to hike in all three ecosystems, learning about each as you spend your days with your new friends and trip leaders.

Day 6-8

After a few days of hiking, it’s time to take a little break and hit the beach! You may not think of Oregon as a mecca for surfing, but there are fantastic opportunities to surf on Oregon’s northern beaches. Working with professional surf instructors, you will spend a couple of days learning about everything from ocean awareness and water safety to surfing etiquette and techniques. Each night you will camp in an oceanside park, perfect for sunset watching and s’mores roasting. Hang ten!

Day 9-11

No trip to Oregon would be complete without a visit to Crater Lake National Park. You will explore the waters of this deep caldera (2,148 feet!) by boat. You will visit Wizard Island as well as the “Phantom Ship,” a stunning natural water pillar. In addition to your boat cruise, you will get the opportunity to hike the famous Garfield Peak trail where spectacular panoramic views of the southern Cascade Range await. This location is sure to knock your socks off.

Day 12-13

Once you put your socks back on, you and your group will hit the road and head to Bend, Oregon to re-supply for the last week of your adventure. This high desert area continues to add to the variety of landscapes you will encounter  on your adventure. While in Bend, you’ll head over to Smith Rock State Park for some epic climbing with Timberline Mountain Guides. Starting with the basics of rock climbing skills, you’ll work your way up to some sport climbing on impressive rock formations of tuff and basalt.

Day 14-16

Next, you and your group will turn up the adrenaline with two days of whitewater rafting on the Deschutes River. Trout Creek, White Horse, Buckskin, Mary, Wapinitia, Boxcar, Oak Springs, and other colorfully named rapids stud the river’s course amidst the breathtaking beauty of the Deschutes River Canyon.After getting off the river, you will make a visit to Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument to learn about the historic eruption of May 18, 1980.

Day 17-19

Finally it’s time to visit the hallowed Mount Rainier, the third and final national park visit of your adventure. Over these 3 days, you will get to hike along dramatic portions of the Wonderland Trail. You will even get the chance to play in the snow a bit and experience a day of mountaineering school with our professional guides. What a way to conclude this grand adventure!

Day 20-21

Before departing Seattle, your group will spend a day exploring the must-see sights in this exciting city from the Space Needle to Pike Place Market. Celebrating the end of the trip with a banquet in Seattle will be a special way to reflect on the wonderful experiences from the last 20 days and bid farewell to your new friends.

Day 1

Your group will assemble at the Seattle airport ready to begin your adventure! Already with views of the Cascade Range in sight, it will be clear that fun is right around the corner. After meeting your trip mates, you will travel together to your first campsite in Dash Point State Park where you will get your first glimpse of the amazing Puget Sound. This first night will be exciting as you get to know your group, learn more details about the upcoming activities, and learn basic camping and outdoor techniques such as pitching a tent! Your trip leaders will guide you through it all step-by-step!

Day 2-5

First on the docket is to spend some time on the Olympic Peninsula. This incredible landscape is home to three ecosystems: you will experience the high alpine terrain of Hurricane Ridge with dramatic views of Mt. Olympus; a wilderness coastline complete with broad sweeping beaches; and a temperate rainforest with green canopy, mosses, ferns, and tropical trees. Not a bad start to your exploration of the Pacific Northwest! You will get the chance to hike in all three ecosystems, learning about each as you spend your days with your new friends and trip leaders.

Day 6-8

After a few days of hiking, it’s time to take a little break and hit the beach! You may not think of Oregon as a mecca for surfing, but there are fantastic opportunities to surf on Oregon’s northern beaches. Working with professional surf instructors, you will spend a couple of days learning about everything from ocean awareness and water safety to surfing etiquette and techniques. Each night you will camp in an oceanside park, perfect for sunset watching and s’mores roasting. Hang ten!

Day 9-11

No trip to Oregon would be complete without a visit to Crater Lake National Park. You will explore the waters of this deep caldera (2,148 feet!) by boat. You will visit Wizard Island as well as the “Phantom Ship,” a stunning natural water pillar. In addition to your boat cruise, you will get the opportunity to hike the famous Garfield Peak trail where spectacular panoramic views of the southern Cascade Range await. This location is sure to knock your socks off.

Day 12-13

Once you put your socks back on, you and your group will hit the road and head to Bend, Oregon to re-supply for the last week of your adventure. This high desert area continues to add to the variety of landscapes you will encounter  on your adventure. While in Bend, you’ll head over to Smith Rock State Park for some epic climbing with Timberline Mountain Guides. Starting with the basics of rock climbing skills, you’ll work your way up to some sport climbing on impressive rock formations of tuff and basalt.

Day 14-16

Next, you and your group will turn up the adrenaline with two days of whitewater rafting on the Deschutes River. Trout Creek, White Horse, Buckskin, Mary, Wapinitia, Boxcar, Oak Springs, and other colorfully named rapids stud the river’s course amidst the breathtaking beauty of the Deschutes River Canyon.After getting off the river, you will make a visit to Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument to learn about the historic eruption of May 18, 1980.

Day 17-19

Finally it’s time to visit the hallowed Mount Rainier, the third and final national park visit of your adventure. Over these 3 days, you will get to hike along dramatic portions of the Wonderland Trail. You will even get the chance to play in the snow a bit and experience a day of mountaineering school with our professional guides. What a way to conclude this grand adventure!

Day 20-21

Before departing Seattle, your group will spend a day exploring the must-see sights in this exciting city from the Space Needle to Pike Place Market. Celebrating the end of the trip with a banquet in Seattle will be a special way to reflect on the wonderful experiences from the last 20 days and bid farewell to your new friends.