The Great Northwest

The Great Northwest

High Trails Adventure - Grades 9-12

Travel through one of the most stunning landscapes on Earth as you adventure in the great states of Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. Backpack Washington’s Olympic Beach Peninsula and surf the Oregon coast. Hit the trail once again in the Eagle Cap Wilderness of Oregon, then shift north to experience Idaho’s great Salmon River. Return to Washington to trek through the stunning North Cascades and culminate your trip by summiting the quintessential glaciated peak of Mt. Baker. This five-week adventure will take you to a land of lush rainforests and towering volcanoes where you will hone your outdoor backcountry skills. Wilderness Adventures is a permittee of Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, North Cascades National Park, Olympic National Park, the Oregon Marine Board, and Wallowa Whitman National Forest.

35 Days

$6,495

  • June 28th - August 1st
  • Seattle, WA

Day 1

Starting off your adventure in Seattle, you will meet your trip leaders and fellow trip mates at the airport. With gorgeous views of the Cascade Range already in sight, you will travel to your first campsite on the shores of Dash Point State Park. Sitting around the campfire on the first night with unobstructed views of Puget Sound, you will rest assured that your adventure is off to a perfect start!

Day 2-6

The adventure will begin in earnest in Olympic National Park with the first backpacking section of the trip. While traveling along the last remaining wilderness beach in the contiguous United States, there will be innumerable sights to see! From rainforests of Douglas Firs, Sitka Spruces, and Western Cedars to historic shipwrecks and ancient Makan whaling village remains, each day will provide new and different views. You may even see some wildlife along the way as this beautiful coastline is home to bald eagles, bears, deer, seals, otters, and, if you’re really lucky, whales! Along the way, you will practice backcountry living skills and essentials such as cooking, Leave No Trace principles, map and compass navigation, and more.

Day 7-9

After a few days of trekking through the wilderness, it will be 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. Hang ten! Every night after surfing you’ll camp in an oceanside park; it’ll be the perfect location for sunset watching and s’mores roasting.

 

Day 10-15

After getting your feet wet, your group will head to the northeast corner of Oregon. Here you will be greeted by the Columbia River Gorge, Multnomah Falls, and the town of Hood River (complete with world-famous Mike’s Ice Cream!).  After some time exploring these areas, you’ll set off to the Eagle Cap Wilderness in the Wallowa Mountains, the largest wilderness area in Oregon, for your second backpacking section. After your time on the Olympic coast, you will be well-prepared for this high alpine adventure. Navigating through glacier-carved valleys and gorgeous lakes high above tree line, this section of backpacking will continue to stretch your backcountry comfort and knowledge.

Day 16-20

As a fantastic reward following your  backpacking trip, you’ll set aside your packs and hop on the river! Rated as one of the premiere rafting trips in the country, you will embark on a 70 mile journey from the Lower Salmon River to the Snake River. You will have the opportunity to navigate your boat through exhilarating river sections full of rapids with appropriate titles such as Demons Drop, The Gobbler, and Wild Goose. Each night, you’ll find “home” on a white sand beach where the group will set up camp and cook delicious food over a driftwood fire.

Day 21-27

Next, you will take a day to explore the Grand Coulee Dam on the Columbia River before setting your sites to the far northwest corner of the country – the spectacular North Cascades! This extensive mountain wilderness of rugged, glacier-carved peaks; high lakes; and deep, lush forests is truly one of the world’s most beautiful mountain ranges. It’s earned its nickname: “The “American Alps.” You will backpack through this incredible wilderness full of dense forests, snowfields, and meadows full of wildflowers.

Day 28-32

Moving from the wilderness trails to the snow fields, you will join climbing guides as you prepare for your final challenge as a group. Mt. Baker is the highest peak in the North Cascade Range, towering at 10,781 feet. With ropes, crampons, and ice axes at the ready, you will proceed through an instructional mountaineering course at base camp to ensure that you are ready for the big climb!

Day 33-35

After celebrating at the summit of Mt. Baker, you will make your way back to Seattle, where it all began. You’ll explore the local area on your last set of day hikes within the area. On the final evening of your trip, you will celebrate all of your accomplishments as a group and the friendships you have made throughout this incredible adventure at the traditional end-of-trip banquet. That next morning, you’ll fly back home with stories to tell and memories that will last a lifetime.

Day 1

Starting off your adventure in Seattle, you will meet your trip leaders and fellow trip mates at the airport. With gorgeous views of the Cascade Range already in sight, you will travel to your first campsite on the shores of Dash Point State Park. Sitting around the campfire on the first night with unobstructed views of Puget Sound, you will rest assured that your adventure is off to a perfect start!

Day 2-6

The adventure will begin in earnest in Olympic National Park with the first backpacking section of the trip. While traveling along the last remaining wilderness beach in the contiguous United States, there will be innumerable sights to see! From rainforests of Douglas Firs, Sitka Spruces, and Western Cedars to historic shipwrecks and ancient Makan whaling village remains, each day will provide new and different views. You may even see some wildlife along the way as this beautiful coastline is home to bald eagles, bears, deer, seals, otters, and, if you’re really lucky, whales! Along the way, you will practice backcountry living skills and essentials such as cooking, Leave No Trace principles, map and compass navigation, and more.

Day 7-9

After a few days of trekking through the wilderness, it will be 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. Hang ten! Every night after surfing you’ll camp in an oceanside park; it’ll be the perfect location for sunset watching and s’mores roasting.

 

Day 10-15

After getting your feet wet, your group will head to the northeast corner of Oregon. Here you will be greeted by the Columbia River Gorge, Multnomah Falls, and the town of Hood River (complete with world-famous Mike’s Ice Cream!).  After some time exploring these areas, you’ll set off to the Eagle Cap Wilderness in the Wallowa Mountains, the largest wilderness area in Oregon, for your second backpacking section. After your time on the Olympic coast, you will be well-prepared for this high alpine adventure. Navigating through glacier-carved valleys and gorgeous lakes high above tree line, this section of backpacking will continue to stretch your backcountry comfort and knowledge.

Day 16-20

As a fantastic reward following your  backpacking trip, you’ll set aside your packs and hop on the river! Rated as one of the premiere rafting trips in the country, you will embark on a 70 mile journey from the Lower Salmon River to the Snake River. You will have the opportunity to navigate your boat through exhilarating river sections full of rapids with appropriate titles such as Demons Drop, The Gobbler, and Wild Goose. Each night, you’ll find “home” on a white sand beach where the group will set up camp and cook delicious food over a driftwood fire.

Day 21-27

Next, you will take a day to explore the Grand Coulee Dam on the Columbia River before setting your sites to the far northwest corner of the country – the spectacular North Cascades! This extensive mountain wilderness of rugged, glacier-carved peaks; high lakes; and deep, lush forests is truly one of the world’s most beautiful mountain ranges. It’s earned its nickname: “The “American Alps.” You will backpack through this incredible wilderness full of dense forests, snowfields, and meadows full of wildflowers.

Day 28-32

Moving from the wilderness trails to the snow fields, you will join climbing guides as you prepare for your final challenge as a group. Mt. Baker is the highest peak in the North Cascade Range, towering at 10,781 feet. With ropes, crampons, and ice axes at the ready, you will proceed through an instructional mountaineering course at base camp to ensure that you are ready for the big climb!

Day 33-35

After celebrating at the summit of Mt. Baker, you will make your way back to Seattle, where it all began. You’ll explore the local area on your last set of day hikes within the area. On the final evening of your trip, you will celebrate all of your accomplishments as a group and the friendships you have made throughout this incredible adventure at the traditional end-of-trip banquet. That next morning, you’ll fly back home with stories to tell and memories that will last a lifetime.