The Great Northwest

The Great Northwest

High Trails Adventure - Grades 9-12
35 Days

$6,395

  • July 1st - August 4th
  • 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 the Puget Sound, you will rest assured that your adventure is off to a perfect start!

Day 2-6

The adventure begins 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 are innumerable sights to see! From rainforests of Douglas Fir, Sitka Spruce and Western Cedar 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. This beautiful coastline is home to bald eagles, bears, deer, seals, otters, and, if you’re really lucky, whales! You and your group will practice backcountry living skills and essentials such as backcountry 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!

During your surf section, you will camp in an oceanside park, perfect 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 Hood River (complete with world-famous Mike’s Ice Cream!).  After some time exploring these areas, it’s off to the Eagle Cap Wilderness in the Wallowa Mountains for your second backpacking section. This is the largest wilderness area in Oregon and a sure treat! 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 of the previous backpacking trip, it’s river time! Rated as one of the premiere rafting trips in the country, you will embark on a 70 miles journey from the Lower Salmon River to the Snake River. With exciting whitewater sections throughout (aptly named things like Demons Drop, The Gobbler, and Wild Goose), you will have the opportunity to navigate your boat through these exhilarating river sections. 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 northwest 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 often described as the “American Alps” – truly one of the world’s most beautiful mountain ranges. You will backpack through this incredible wilderness, passing through 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 who will guide and outfit your ascent up Mt. Baker. Mt. Baker is the highest peak in the North Cascade Range, towering at 10,781′. 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. Here you will have the opportunity to explore this exciting urban center, making stops at Pike Place, Pioneer Square, and the Space Needle. The final evening together, 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 lifelong memories.

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 the Puget Sound, you will rest assured that your adventure is off to a perfect start!

Day 2-6

The adventure begins 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 are innumerable sights to see! From rainforests of Douglas Fir, Sitka Spruce and Western Cedar 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. This beautiful coastline is home to bald eagles, bears, deer, seals, otters, and, if you’re really lucky, whales! You and your group will practice backcountry living skills and essentials such as backcountry 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!

During your surf section, you will camp in an oceanside park, perfect 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 Hood River (complete with world-famous Mike’s Ice Cream!).  After some time exploring these areas, it’s off to the Eagle Cap Wilderness in the Wallowa Mountains for your second backpacking section. This is the largest wilderness area in Oregon and a sure treat! 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 of the previous backpacking trip, it’s river time! Rated as one of the premiere rafting trips in the country, you will embark on a 70 miles journey from the Lower Salmon River to the Snake River. With exciting whitewater sections throughout (aptly named things like Demons Drop, The Gobbler, and Wild Goose), you will have the opportunity to navigate your boat through these exhilarating river sections. 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 northwest 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 often described as the “American Alps” – truly one of the world’s most beautiful mountain ranges. You will backpack through this incredible wilderness, passing through 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 who will guide and outfit your ascent up Mt. Baker. Mt. Baker is the highest peak in the North Cascade Range, towering at 10,781′. 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. Here you will have the opportunity to explore this exciting urban center, making stops at Pike Place, Pioneer Square, and the Space Needle. The final evening together, 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 lifelong memories.