​Pacific Northwest Discovery

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​Pacific Northwest Discovery


Oregon, Washington

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10 Days

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Arrive & Depart: Seattle, WA

Adventure Treks is excited to offer a 10-day trip for middle schoolers who are looking for their first foray into the outdoors, but aren’t quite ready to head out for two to three weeks. This introductory trip is jam-packed with adventure: We’ll start with a day hike to the scenic Pyramid Lake in North Cascades National Park. Then we’ll head out for a two-day, one-night backpack to Ross Lake in the Cascades, followed by a day of canoeing on this lake’s brilliantly blue waters. Two days of sea kayaking in the San Juan Islands means we’ll get to see seals, porpoises, bald eagles, and perhaps an Orca! An Adventure Treks trip wouldn’t be complete without a proper Washington mountain summit and a thrilling rafting trip.

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Day hike to Pyramid Lake

We’ll dive right Adventure Treks with a day hike to Pyramid Lake! Get to know your new best friends while walking beneath Douglas fir, hemlock, and cedar trees. Wildflowers and vibrantly green moss bespeckle the meadows lining the trail, and soon you’ll find yourself at the peaceful Pyramid Lake, where floating log “gardens” and yellow water lilies dot the surface. Enjoy the view of nearby Pyramid Peak!

Backpack and canoe in North Cascades National Park

Hike for two days through glaciers—more than anywhere else in the United States!—framed by gigantic Fraser fir trees and cascading rivers. The incredibly lush landscape offers multiple opportunities to marvel at its biodiversity, and with a little bit of luck, you might even spot a few sunbathing marmots, mule deer or black-tailed deer, and mountain goats scrambling up rock faces! Then trade your backpack for oars as you canoe on Ross Lake’s striking turquoise waters, looking up at the soaring peaks surrounding you.

Sea kayak around the San Juan Islands

Spend two days of sea kayaking among the stunning San Juan archipelago—known for having the largest concentration of bald eagles in the country! You’ll glide through calm waters with your guide pointing out harbor seals, sea lions, river otters, and porpoises. If you’re lucky, you may even see an Orca. Gaze east for gorgeous long-range views of Glacier Peak, Mt. Baker, Mt. Shuksan, and set your sights down south for a peek of Mt. Olympus. On a clear day, you can see all the way to Mt. Rainier!

Summit Mt. Pilchuck

One of the most rewarding summit hikes in Washington awaits! Perched atop a rocky outcropping is a restored fire lookout shelter—the perfect spot for the celebratory summit Snickers you just earned. This 5,344-foot peak affords unending views of the snowy Cascades to the east, and the Puget Sound to the west. On a clear day, you may see all the way to Mt. Baker and Mt. Rainier!

Whitewater raft the Wenatchee River

Navigate big and fun rapids on the Wenatchee through Leavenworth, stopping only to jump in swimming holes and start splash wars. The waves are dramatic, but they’re also accessible to students of all capabilities!

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Included in Tuition
  • All meals
  • Tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, backpack, and all group and technical gear
  • Guided activities
Not Included in Tuition
  • Airfare to and from the Pacific Northwest
  • Trip insurance (more info here)
  • Personal clothing and items (see the packing list here)


Day hiking



Mountain summit

Sea kayaking

Whitewater rafting