Puget Sound Explorer

Puget Sound Explorer

Explorer Adventure - Grades 7-9

Explore emerald rainforests and wilderness beaches. See orca whales from the placid waters of the San Juan Islands. Raft an exciting whitewater river and canoe into the magnificent North Cascades.

21 Days

$4,595

  • June 22nd - July 12th
  • Seattle, WA

Day 1-3

Landing at the Sea Tac international airport, you’ll gather your bags and meet your trip leaders and your trip mates for the first time. You will feel a reciprocal enthusiasm amongst you and the rest of your group, a true sign of the great times to come. Once you’ve all assembled, you’ll travel the short distance to your first campsite. You will hang out and play games with your trip mates, get to know each other, learn how to set up camp, and talk about the things that are planned for the days to come. Your first morning together marks your departure from the Seattle area. You’ll set our sites to the northwest, and head to the astoundingly beautiful Olympic Peninsula.You’ll take a day hike through the Hoh Rain Forest, one of the largest temperate forests in the United States, and then prep for your first backcountry experience – backpacking Olympic Beach!

Days 4-7

You’ll set out to the shoreline of the stunning Olympic Beach. Traveling by foot, and making the beach your home for the next few days, you’ll discover all of the ways this unscathed environment will take your breath away. You’ll experience some of the most primitive natural coastline imaginable. Amongst the views of the ocean, cliffs, islands, coastal wildlife, you’ll practice Leave No Trail principles, route-finding, map and compass triangulation, and many other essential backcountry skills. At night you’ll build a fire on the beach and let the ocean lull you to sleep every night. Sleeping under the stars is certainly one of life’s simple pleasures, but there is certainly something different about sleeping next to the vast ocean. Each day your hike will take you somewhere new and astonishing, whether it be the abrupt rocky ridges that reach out into the sea, or the slow sloping beaches that embrace them, the only thing to possibly distract your gaze may be the frequent spotting of the local wildlife.

Day 8-12

Following the success of your backpacking excursion, you’ll take a day to shower, do laundry, and set your sites north to your next adventure: sea kayaking through the San Juan Islands!  You’ll travel by ferry to the far reaches of the Puget Sound amidst the small island chain of the San Juan Islands. These islands, which are actually the summits of an ancient mountain range, are the location of some of the most exceptional sea kayaking in the world. Home to an abundant amount of aquatic wildlife, including Orca whales, other wildlife such as bald eagles, deer and sea lions are sure to make an appearance. You’ll paddle your way through the string of islands camping somewhere new each night. This will truly be a life changing experience.  As if sea kayaking wasn’t enough fun, you will then zip-line through the island’s canopy in an exciting conclusion to your time in this area.

Day 13-18

From the beautiful San Juan islands, you’ll travel due east into the heart of one of America’s most stunning mountain landscapes. From the south end of Ross Lake, a thirty-five mile long lake deep in the North Cascades, you’ll set off by canoe for a paddle amongst the snow covered peaks that surround this alpine gem. You and your group will be met on the last morning by a water taxi that will carry you back to your starting point and provide a scenic end to this adventure. You will then take a day to do another round of showers and laundry, and prepare yourselves for your last water adventure: whitewater rafting on the Sauk River!

Day 19

For the final part of your adventure, you will meet with professional river guides and take to the water of the Sauk River. Your day will be spent mostly on inflatable paddle rafts as you follow the winding waters through soaring snow-capped peaks, sloping lush valleys, and across glassy pools and awesome whitewater. With the aid of your guides, you’ll also learn rafting basics like “reading the river” and how to maneuver the rafts through the slicey water.

Day 20-21

You will head back to the city of Seattle. With some time built in to explore this bustling city, you’ll visit the major sites including the Space Needle, Pike Place Market, and Pioneer Square. You’ll finish the last day with the traditional WA banquet. This will be your last time together as a group this summer, and you’ll take the time to celebrate your accomplishments and the new friendships that have grown from this unforgettable experience. Come morning, you’ll head back to the Seattle airport to say your final farewells and return home with amazing stories and lifelong memories.

Day 1-3

Landing at the Sea Tac international airport, you’ll gather your bags and meet your trip leaders and your trip mates for the first time. You will feel a reciprocal enthusiasm amongst you and the rest of your group, a true sign of the great times to come. Once you’ve all assembled, you’ll travel the short distance to your first campsite. You will hang out and play games with your trip mates, get to know each other, learn how to set up camp, and talk about the things that are planned for the days to come. Your first morning together marks your departure from the Seattle area. You’ll set our sites to the northwest, and head to the astoundingly beautiful Olympic Peninsula.You’ll take a day hike through the Hoh Rain Forest, one of the largest temperate forests in the United States, and then prep for your first backcountry experience – backpacking Olympic Beach!

Days 4-7

You’ll set out to the shoreline of the stunning Olympic Beach. Traveling by foot, and making the beach your home for the next few days, you’ll discover all of the ways this unscathed environment will take your breath away. You’ll experience some of the most primitive natural coastline imaginable. Amongst the views of the ocean, cliffs, islands, coastal wildlife, you’ll practice Leave No Trail principles, route-finding, map and compass triangulation, and many other essential backcountry skills. At night you’ll build a fire on the beach and let the ocean lull you to sleep every night. Sleeping under the stars is certainly one of life’s simple pleasures, but there is certainly something different about sleeping next to the vast ocean. Each day your hike will take you somewhere new and astonishing, whether it be the abrupt rocky ridges that reach out into the sea, or the slow sloping beaches that embrace them, the only thing to possibly distract your gaze may be the frequent spotting of the local wildlife.

Day 8-12

Following the success of your backpacking excursion, you’ll take a day to shower, do laundry, and set your sites north to your next adventure: sea kayaking through the San Juan Islands!  You’ll travel by ferry to the far reaches of the Puget Sound amidst the small island chain of the San Juan Islands. These islands, which are actually the summits of an ancient mountain range, are the location of some of the most exceptional sea kayaking in the world. Home to an abundant amount of aquatic wildlife, including Orca whales, other wildlife such as bald eagles, deer and sea lions are sure to make an appearance. You’ll paddle your way through the string of islands camping somewhere new each night. This will truly be a life changing experience.  As if sea kayaking wasn’t enough fun, you will then zip-line through the island’s canopy in an exciting conclusion to your time in this area.

Day 13-18

From the beautiful San Juan islands, you’ll travel due east into the heart of one of America’s most stunning mountain landscapes. From the south end of Ross Lake, a thirty-five mile long lake deep in the North Cascades, you’ll set off by canoe for a paddle amongst the snow covered peaks that surround this alpine gem. You and your group will be met on the last morning by a water taxi that will carry you back to your starting point and provide a scenic end to this adventure. You will then take a day to do another round of showers and laundry, and prepare yourselves for your last water adventure: whitewater rafting on the Sauk River!

Day 19

For the final part of your adventure, you will meet with professional river guides and take to the water of the Sauk River. Your day will be spent mostly on inflatable paddle rafts as you follow the winding waters through soaring snow-capped peaks, sloping lush valleys, and across glassy pools and awesome whitewater. With the aid of your guides, you’ll also learn rafting basics like “reading the river” and how to maneuver the rafts through the slicey water.

Day 20-21

You will head back to the city of Seattle. With some time built in to explore this bustling city, you’ll visit the major sites including the Space Needle, Pike Place Market, and Pioneer Square. You’ll finish the last day with the traditional WA banquet. This will be your last time together as a group this summer, and you’ll take the time to celebrate your accomplishments and the new friendships that have grown from this unforgettable experience. Come morning, you’ll head back to the Seattle airport to say your final farewells and return home with amazing stories and lifelong memories.