Pacific Northwest Trip

Pacific Northwest

High Trails Adventure - Grades 9-12

This adventure is the perfect introduction to the wonders of the Pacific Northwest – a land of lush rainforests and towering volcanoes. Hike pristine coastal beaches and plunge into the azure Pacific. Sea kayak amidst orca whales, raft an exciting river, and climb the most famous rocks in the Pacific Northwest.

28 Days

$5,595

  • July 3rd - July 30th
  • Seattle, WA

Day 1-2

Your extraordinary journey begins with your arrival into the Seattle airport. There you’ll be greeted by your trip leaders as well as the rest of your new trip mates. Once everyone has arrived, it is only a short distance before you reach your first basecamp located along the tranquil waters of the Puget Sound. Your first evening under the stars together is always a great one. You’ll learn to set up camp, about our up coming excursions, but most importantly, about each other. Day two greets us as we rise with the sun full of energy and anticipation for what lies ahead. Our destination takes us south to the Olympic Peninsula.  Crossing Puget Sound by ferry, we’ll then drive to the gateway of Olympic National Park. En route we’ll stop to do a little shopping, picking up needed rations for the first segment of our trip. Up next will be our backpack in this amazing environment.

Day 3-7

Olympic National Park is home to one of the last remaining stretches of wilderness beach coastline in North America, and this is where we’ll be for the next few days. Backpacking along seemingly endless stretches of sandy beaches, lined with magnificent stands of old growth forest; our trek will even occasionally take us up and over rocky outcrops where we’re invited to view up and down the coastline for miles. Every night we’ll set up camp right on the shoreline around a colorful driftwood fire, enjoying the day’s experiences, and of course, a tasty meal.

Day 8-11

Heading north from the Olympic Peninsula , we will set out for the San Juan Islands. With our boats packed and ready to shove off, we’ll embark on sun-soaked days of sea kayaking through the waters of the northern Puget Sound. Originally the peaks of a prehistoric mountain range, the San Juan Islands are an ideal setting for us to master our sea kayaking skills. As we travel the shoreline waters we’ll observe this extraordinary ecosystem in person, becoming acquainted with the bald eagles, sea lions and even pods of Orca whales that share the area as their natural habitat. We’ll paddle our way through the string of islands camping somewhere new each night.

Day 12-19

Departing from the San Juan Islands and traveling south, the Mt. St. Helen’s area is a perfect place to stop and explore. After seeing such a unique environment, it is off to the Oregon Cascades.  We’ll be getting well acquainted with the Three Sisters Range as we hike along the Pacific Crest Trail. Our educational goals for this leg will be general wilderness travel, backcountry cooking, and route finding. We’ll have plenty of time to discuss these elements throughout the day, but it will surely make for great campfire conversation as we settle down each night at some of the most picturesque sites imaginable. Finally, weather permitting, we’ll be making a summit attempt on the South Sister before we depart from the area. A truly matchless view from the summit; at the top of your climb you’ll be able to see a majority of the dramatic Cascade Range, including summits of Mt. Hood and even Mt. Rainier.

Day 20-22

Our next locale will be Smith Rock State Park. Well known as a climbing Mecca in the U.S., it certainly won’t hurt to have the help from some expert climbing instructors to teach us the ins and outs of rock climbing in this remarkable area of high desert cliffs and crags. Eventually, once our skills and teamwork are superbly accomplished, we’ll take on a well-known route of the area, the Tyrolean traverse of the “Monkey’s Face!” A challenging route, your reward will truly be as great as the obstacle you’ve overcome to get there, not to mention the unparalleled views while you’re at it!

Day 23-25

After our experience in Smith Rock State Park, our next activity will be a great change of pace but every bit as thrilling, whitewater rafting on the great Deschutes River! A truly distinct stretch of river, we’ll find all the exhilaration we need over our stay here. Where perfect weather is almost the norm, we’ll take on rapids with names like “Rattlesnake” and “Buckskin Mary.” Aside from learning how to negotiate our way through the whitewater, we’ll spend some memorable nights camping shore-side along the river, reliving the day’s excitement while we dry off and enjoy an appropriate dinner for the day’s thrills.

Day 26-28

Returning to Seattle before departing, we’ll have time to visit some of the outstanding scenic and cultural aspects of this Northwest environment, concluding with our traditional celebration banquet. Regretfully, our final morning we part ways with our heads and hearts full of memories of lifelong friends, which we’ll never forget.

Day 1-2

Your extraordinary journey begins with your arrival into the Seattle airport. There you’ll be greeted by your trip leaders as well as the rest of your new trip mates. Once everyone has arrived, it is only a short distance before you reach your first basecamp located along the tranquil waters of the Puget Sound. Your first evening under the stars together is always a great one. You’ll learn to set up camp, about our up coming excursions, but most importantly, about each other. Day two greets us as we rise with the sun full of energy and anticipation for what lies ahead. Our destination takes us south to the Olympic Peninsula.  Crossing Puget Sound by ferry, we’ll then drive to the gateway of Olympic National Park. En route we’ll stop to do a little shopping, picking up needed rations for the first segment of our trip. Up next will be our backpack in this amazing environment.

Day 3-7

Olympic National Park is home to one of the last remaining stretches of wilderness beach coastline in North America, and this is where we’ll be for the next few days. Backpacking along seemingly endless stretches of sandy beaches, lined with magnificent stands of old growth forest; our trek will even occasionally take us up and over rocky outcrops where we’re invited to view up and down the coastline for miles. Every night we’ll set up camp right on the shoreline around a colorful driftwood fire, enjoying the day’s experiences, and of course, a tasty meal.

Day 8-11

Heading north from the Olympic Peninsula , we will set out for the San Juan Islands. With our boats packed and ready to shove off, we’ll embark on sun-soaked days of sea kayaking through the waters of the northern Puget Sound. Originally the peaks of a prehistoric mountain range, the San Juan Islands are an ideal setting for us to master our sea kayaking skills. As we travel the shoreline waters we’ll observe this extraordinary ecosystem in person, becoming acquainted with the bald eagles, sea lions and even pods of Orca whales that share the area as their natural habitat. We’ll paddle our way through the string of islands camping somewhere new each night.

Day 12-19

Departing from the San Juan Islands and traveling south, the Mt. St. Helen’s area is a perfect place to stop and explore. After seeing such a unique environment, it is off to the Oregon Cascades.  We’ll be getting well acquainted with the Three Sisters Range as we hike along the Pacific Crest Trail. Our educational goals for this leg will be general wilderness travel, backcountry cooking, and route finding. We’ll have plenty of time to discuss these elements throughout the day, but it will surely make for great campfire conversation as we settle down each night at some of the most picturesque sites imaginable. Finally, weather permitting, we’ll be making a summit attempt on the South Sister before we depart from the area. A truly matchless view from the summit; at the top of your climb you’ll be able to see a majority of the dramatic Cascade Range, including summits of Mt. Hood and even Mt. Rainier.

Day 20-22

Our next locale will be Smith Rock State Park. Well known as a climbing Mecca in the U.S., it certainly won’t hurt to have the help from some expert climbing instructors to teach us the ins and outs of rock climbing in this remarkable area of high desert cliffs and crags. Eventually, once our skills and teamwork are superbly accomplished, we’ll take on a well-known route of the area, the Tyrolean traverse of the “Monkey’s Face!” A challenging route, your reward will truly be as great as the obstacle you’ve overcome to get there, not to mention the unparalleled views while you’re at it!

Day 23-25

After our experience in Smith Rock State Park, our next activity will be a great change of pace but every bit as thrilling, whitewater rafting on the great Deschutes River! A truly distinct stretch of river, we’ll find all the exhilaration we need over our stay here. Where perfect weather is almost the norm, we’ll take on rapids with names like “Rattlesnake” and “Buckskin Mary.” Aside from learning how to negotiate our way through the whitewater, we’ll spend some memorable nights camping shore-side along the river, reliving the day’s excitement while we dry off and enjoy an appropriate dinner for the day’s thrills.

Day 26-28

Returning to Seattle before departing, we’ll have time to visit some of the outstanding scenic and cultural aspects of this Northwest environment, concluding with our traditional celebration banquet. Regretfully, our final morning we part ways with our heads and hearts full of memories of lifelong friends, which we’ll never forget.