Pacific Northwest Adventure

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Pacific Northwest Adventure


Oregon, Washington

Current Grades

7th, 8th, 9th


18 Days

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Arrive: Seattle, WA (SEA)
Depart: Portland, OR (PDX)

Embark on an unforgettable 18-day adventure through the lush and vibrant Pacific Northwest! Hike and canoe through North Cascades National Park, known as the “American Alps” for its dramatic, glacier-covered peaks. Raft the emerald-colored Sauk River, fed by the same lakes we just canoed on. Explore the calm waters of Bellingham Bay by sea kayak, and then hike along the beach and sleep under the stars in Olympic National Park. Stand at the summit of Mt. St. Helens and peer into the still-smoking crater for an incredible photo opportunity before glissading down the mountain. Wrap up your epic journey with a thrilling rafting trip down the world-famous White Salmon River.


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Pacific Northwest Adventure Itinerary

Hike and canoe in North Cascades National Park

For five memorable days, hike through a national park with more glaciers than anywhere else in the United States, framed by framed by gigantic Fraser fir trees and cascading rivers. (But don’t worry, you won’t be hiking on ice and snow! Pleasant temperatures await.) This lush landscape offers multiple opportunities to marvel at its biodiversity—with a little bit of luck, you might even spot a few sunbathing marmots, mule or black-tailed deer, and mountain goats scrambling up rock faces! In between days on the trail, trade your backpack for oars as you canoe on picturesque Ross Lake, looking up at the soaring peaks surrounding you and your friends.


Whitewater raft the Sauk River

After exploring the North Cascades on foot, get ready to launch your rafts on the iridescent waters of the Sauk River, fed by glaciers stretching north to southern British Columbia. Paddle through exhilarating class II and III rapids with your friends, and don’t forget to look up for bald eagles soaring overhead.

Sea kayak in Bellingham Bay

Immerse yourself in nature as you sea kayak around Bellingham Bay, surrounded by eagles, great blue herons, cormorants, and maybe even a whale in the distance. Glide past craggy cliffs and keep your eyes peeled for sea stars, urchins, and playful otters. Camp on island beaches at night and share stories around a campfire. This sea kayaking adventure offers stunning wildlife encounters and breathtaking views!

Hike in Olympic National Park

Discover one of the world’s most stunning and wild beach hikes in Olympic National Park. Over two days, you’ll spot bald eagles, otters, sea lions, and seals while hiking with the Pacific Ocean on one side, and sheer cliffs on the other. Camp on the beautiful coast and watch the most colorful sunset you’ve ever seen, surrounded by your new best friends, impressive sea stacks, and starry skies.

Climb Mt. St. Helens (8,365 feet)

The most famous volcano in the United States beckons to student hikers all of levels. After scrambling up the iconic Monitor Ridge, students will stand on the edge of the ever-growing crater and its surrounding glacier, literally watching geology in the making. Rewards for this challenging hike also include 360-degree views of Mt. Rainier, Mt. Adams, and Mt. Hood.

Whitewater raft the White Salmon River

Ranked as a top place to visit worldwide by the New York Times, the White Salmon River is a must-experience adventure! This Wild and Scenic River is federally protected, ensuring pristine water and forestry. Get ready for an exhilarating ride as you and your friends tackle fun, sustained rapids—teamwork is a must, and laughter is guaranteed.

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Included in tuition:
  • All meals
  • Tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, backpack, and all group gear
  • Guided activities
Not included in tuition:
  • Airfare to SEA and from PDX
  • Travel protection (more info here)
  • Personal clothing and items (packing lists are available for enrolled families)

About two-thirds of our nights are spent at “frontcountry” campsites, where we’ll generally have a more developed campsite with running water, toilets, and sometimes cell phone service. This may be a public or private campground. We often stay at the same frontcountry site a few days in a row.

The other third will be spent “backcountry” camping, referring to wilderness locations where we are most likely out of cell phone service and away from our vehicles, electricity, and other amenities. Multi-day activities like backpacking and canoeing take place in the backcountry.

Challenge/fitness level

No experience necessary; all skill levels welcome!

Fitness and physical challenge are subjective, so Adventure Treks does not “rate” its trips based on challenge. However, because we’ll be engaged in different outdoor activities throughout each trip, our students have the responsibility to be physically fit. We know physical fitness looks different for everyone, but it’s important to come prepared so that you and your fellow students can succeed. One student not coming prepared with physical fitness will negatively impact the entire group. In the months leading up to their trip, students should develop a routine that emphasizes stamina and sustaining a moderate level of exertion for many hours, several days in a row. Running, swimming, bicycling, aerobics classes, and team sports are all beneficial and will help improve cardiovascular fitness in preparation for a student’s trip.



Mountain summit

Sea Kayaking

Whitewater Rafting



Dani Klein Modisett, parent from Los Angeles, CA

My son had been quarantined in his room in Los Angeles for 16 months when I started my search for camp options. I was determined to get him off screens and into nature. To my great good fortune, I stumbled upon Adventure Treks. Three weeks in the Pacific Northwest, a place he had never been, living with a small group of peers and learning how to fend for himself in nature. I took a leap of faith and signed him up. He cried two nights before he was to get on the plane, “Why are you making me do this? I don’t even like camping!” he wailed. At the airport he pulled his hoodie down and boarded anyway. Eight days later, the young man who called us from the road sounded like a different person. Exuberant, joyful, and in complete wonder at the sights, sounds, smells, and even tastes of this literal adventure. He made friends he will keep for life, he jumped off a 15-foot ledge into water, and he loves to boast regularly how I could never do what he did. We will always be grateful to Adventure Treks for giving our son this experience at a time when he needed it most. These folks have passion and heart and are experts at creating community far away from everything familiar. Do it.

Ginny Pace, parent from Hendersonville, NC

Ford had a fabulous time in the Pacific Northwest. His description of the geography and the activities gave me confidence that he was having a wonderful time and appreciating being able to go on that trip.

Matt Wilson, parent from Bethesda, MD

Adventure Treks was exactly what we’d hoped for and more. Our daughter had so much fun thanks to hard-working instructors and a thoughtful plan and group. The friends and role models with similar interests were a valuable part of the program. Thank you so much; what a special summer you gave her!

Carrie Powers, parent from Harrisburg, NC

This trip was the highlight of our son’s summer! It is definitely for adventurous kids who are looking to do more than traditional camps allow and want to push themselves to be something more. My son made really good friends with all the kids and instructors.

Jen Cippoletti, parent from Darien, CT

Adventure Treks is my daughter’s happy place. She loves the activities, the incredible scenery, the physical challenge, and the feeling of being outdoors for 3 weeks. But the best part is the friendships, the bonding, and the feeling of being completely herself with a group of supportive, inclusive people. She loved the entire group, and loved that they came from many parts of the country and came together with no preconceived ideas of each other. She misses them all terribly and hopes to reunite with many of them soon. After the most difficult year of her life, AT was exactly what she needed.

Stephanie Carroll, parent from Carlsbad, CA

I couldn’t have asked for a better experience for my 13-year-old. The Pacific Northwest trip provided the adventure and (supervised) independence that I felt was most necessary for my child as she enters her last year of middle school. From day one of the trip, my child was able to have fun and new experiences, make friends, and be outside of the little world she has been forced into by the circumstances of the past few years. She appreciated her peers’ differences and was grateful for their similarities. These were the things that also made the trip special; she could bond over similarities and learn about how differences can sometimes be beneficial or a challenge, depending on the circumstances. I couldn’t be more grateful for the experience Adventure Treks provided for her. There was just the right amount of challenge mixed in with laid back moments to keep her happy. I will forever refer my friends and family to Adventure Treks.

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