​Pacific Northwest Explorer

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​Pacific Northwest Explorer


Oregon, Washington

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20 Days

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Arrive & Depart: Portland, OR (PDX)

For three weeks, come explore the lush and vibrant landscape of the Pacific Northwest. Stand at the summit of Mount St. Helens and peer down into a still-smoking crater—an incredible photo opportunity!—before glissading (sliding) down the mountain. Hike through North Cascades National Park, nicknamed the “American Alps” for its dramatic, glacier-covered peaks. Canoe on the gorgeous Ross Lake. Rock climb in one of Washington’s most beautiful areas, Icicle Creek Canyon (don’t worry—you won’t freeze here!), before hopping into a raft on the Wenatchee River to cool off in the rapids. Sleep under the stars on the beach in Olympic National Park, sea kayak in the calm waters of Port Angeles, and finish your visit with a thrilling rafting trip down the world-famous White Salmon River.

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​Pacific Northwest Explorer Itinerary

Backpack and Canoe in North Cascades National Park

For five days, you’ll hike 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! 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.

Rock climb in Icicle Creek Canyon

Though it may sound like a chilly spot, Icicle Creek Canyon is actually named for its native epithet, Nasikelt, and it’s actually quite warm! The sheer granite cliffs that line this canyon offer options for everyone, from the timid beginner to the bold veteran. The friends you’ve made will be there to support and encourage you, no matter which routes you choose to climb. Cool breezes that waft from the river help keep the summer temperatures comfortable, and when you’ve had your fill of climbing, take a dip in the creek!

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!

Backpack in Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park contains one of the country’s most beautiful and wild beach hikes. Over four days, you’ll get to see bald eagles, otters, sea lions, and seals while walking with the sea on one side and sheer cliffs on the other. Camp on secluded beaches, surrounded only by your best new friends, impressive sea stacks, and starry skies.

Sea kayak in Port Angeles

Surround yourself with otters, harbor seals, bald eagles, and maybe even a whale while sea kayaking off the rugged coast in the Strait of Juan de Fuca. You’ll cruise past seastacks and craggy cliffs, and you may even find a few seastars or sea urchins!

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

The most famous stratovolcano in the United States beckons to student hikers all of levels. 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

In 2013, the New York Times rated the White Salmon River as #13 among 46 places to visit worldwide. This Wild and Scenic River is federally protected, leaving the water and forestry in pristine condition. Teamwork is required as you bounce down fun, sustained rapids; laughter is recommended.

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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 and from
  • Trip insurance
  • Personal clothing and items (see our packing list here)




Rock Climbing

Sea Kayaking

Whitewater Rafting



Copland Rudolph, Asheville, NC

The Pacific Northwest Explorer trip was the perfect fit for my daughter: challenging, diverse environments and activities; fabulous, experienced leaders; and a motivated, fun group of kids. My daughter matured through this experience.

Shelley McLay, Franklin, TN

Aidan felt a tremendous sense of accomplishment after his three weeks with AT. He came home feeling stronger, more resilient, and capable. We as parents also feel a sense of accomplishment as we survived our first long separation from our oldest child. It was so good for all of us. I still remember waiting anxiously for that first phone call from him. As soon as I answered, he said, “Mom, I woke up in a cloud this morning! It was unbelievable!” I knew then that we had made the right decision and that Aidan was going to have the time of his life. There isn’t a video game or app in the world that can mimic that feeling for him. The adventure bug has bitten. I can’t wait to see where his newly found confidence will take him! Worth. Every. Penny.

Tom Skjervold, Olympia, WA

My son had a great adventure! He got to spend three weeks in the outdoors with 23 other kids, and I am so jealous! He is more willing to take on and finish more complex tasks. Thank you!

Jackie Ennis-Rocchio, Stowe, VT

It was all wonderful. One of the key reasons we chose Adventure Treks as the program hits so many important levels of engaging and teaching the kids life long skills. It exceeded my expectations for my daughter.