Pacific Northwest Discovery

Pacific Northwest Discovery

Discovery Adventure - Grades 5-6

The Pacific Northwest provides ample opportunity for the budding outdoor enthusiast. With snowcapped volcanoes, temperate rainforest, coastal headlands, and high desert rivers to keep your eyes poppin’ with delight, this adventure includes hiking, surfing, whitewater rafting, and a bit of mountaineering. 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

  • July 15th - August 4th
  • Seattle, WA

Day 1

Beginning in Seattle, your group will assemble at the airport 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 fun and 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 traveling on foot 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. During your surf section, 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

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 meet 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 rock formations of tuff and basalt.

Day 14-16

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 breath-taking 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. This third and final national park visit will round out the end of the 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 this exciting city. From the Space Needle to Pike Place Market, there are some must-see spots in Seattle that you won’t want to miss. 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

Beginning in Seattle, your group will assemble at the airport 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 fun and 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 traveling on foot 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. During your surf section, 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

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 meet 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 rock formations of tuff and basalt.

Day 14-16

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 breath-taking 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. This third and final national park visit will round out the end of the 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 this exciting city. From the Space Needle to Pike Place Market, there are some must-see spots in Seattle that you won’t want to miss. 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.