Ultimate Northwest

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Ultimate Northwest

Destination

Oregon, Washington

Current Grades

9th-11th

length

24 Days

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Meeting Place

​Arrive and depart
Portland, OR (PDX)

For 24 days, wander through an untamed and diverse landscape that simply embodies adventure. Hike with waves crashing on one side and soaring cliffs on the other in Olympic National Park. Rock climb and mountain bike near Bend, Oregon—one of the world’s premier destinations for both sports! Take a hike through the Goat Rocks Wilderness, an untouched land formed by extinct volcanoes. Learn how to whitewater kayak on the Klickitat River before heading to Mt. Adams to attempt a summit on this massive volcano. Finish your adventure on the White Salmon River, one of the world’s best raft rides.

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Backpack in Olympic National Park

With miles and miles of coast, Olympic National Park contains one of the country’s most beautiful and wild beach hikes. For four days, you’ll see bald eagles, otters, sea lions, and seals while walking with crashing waves 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.

Mountain bike in Bend

Strap on your helmet for some of the country’s best singletrack trails for two days. Learn a few tips and tricks of mountain biking in a grassy field beneath the 9,068-foot Mt. Bachelor. Then choose your challenge as your group winds through pine forests before descending breathlessly downhill. There are options for every level!

Rock climb in Smith Rock State Park

You’ll quickly realize why Smith Rock attracts climbers from all over the world. For two days, test your grit on the welded volcanic tuff that comprises the impressive spires in the park. We’ll set up ropes for every ability—progress as you feel ready! You’ll be surprised at how quickly you move up through the grades.

Backpack in the Goat Rocks Wilderness

Named for the mountain goats you’ll likely spot as you wind through this spectacular rugged alpine terrain for five days! Vibrant wildflowers fill the valleys, while snow-capped volcanoes rise in all directions. Hike above tree line, where views may extend as many as 100 miles away! This is one of the most extraordinarily beautiful areas we’ve ever visited; you and your friends will make memories to last the rest of your life.

Whitewater kayak on the Klickitat River

Pick up a paddle for three days of kayaking on this scenic tributary of the Columbia River. You’ll practice basic paddling strokes and safety techniques on flat water before progressing to class I and II rapids on the river. On day three, practice your strokes on mellower runs, or move on to roll clinics and run fun class III waves!

Summit attempt on Mt. Adams

Spend three days on Washington’s second-highest mountain! At 12,282 feet, this stratovolcano stands prominently against the landscape. Learn the basics of using crampons and ice axes in snow school on the first day. We rise in the middle of the night to begin our summit attempt; our reward at the top is a brightly multicolored sunrise. After you’ve posed for a successful summit photo, glissade (slide) back down the mountain!

Whitewater raft the White Salmon River

In 2013, the New York Times rated the White Salmon as one of the world’s top places to visit. Lined by cliffs carved from ancient lava flows and fed by snow melt from Mt. Adams, most of our students agree that this is the best rafting in the Pacific Northwest. Get ready for the ride of your life!

Dates and Prices

Departure 1
  • Departure Day
    24/06/19
  • Return Day
    17/07/19
  • Price
    $5,195
  • Availability
    Limited
Departure 2
  • Departure Day
    17/07/19
  • Return Day
    09/08/19
  • Price
    $5,195
  • Availability
    Open
Departure Day Return Day Price Availability
06/24/19
07/17/19
$5,195
limited
07/17/19
08/09/19
$5,195
open
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)

Activities

Backpacking

Mountain Biking

Mountaineering

Rock Climbing

Whitewater Kayaking

Whitewater Rafting

Reviews

Phyliss Hasen, College Park, GA
July 2018

For nine years we have been with The Adventure Treks and Camp Pinnacle programs. I wanted my kids to have a chance to reset from school and electronics, and it turned into their favorite place to be. My daughters have pushed themselves emotionally and physically on each trip, and with each trip they’ve learned how to be a stronger person with a love for the outdoors. The people they become at the end of the program are ones that know how to exist in a community and know how to be the best person they can be. This year, my youngest daughter said her community was a family—a place where she felt safe and could tell everyone how she was feeling. Community meetings are her favorite time of day.

Ed Johnson, Mt. Pleasant, SC
July 2018

This was Yesica’s third year with Adventure Treks. She loved her first two years. We let her decide whether to return each year and so far she has chosen to. Each time, she returns happy and excited about the activities she has experienced. She definitely displays a sense of pride and accomplishment, and with good reason. For example, she summited Mt. Adams with crampons and ice axes after camping high on the mountain and starting the ascent in the wee hours of the morning to take advantage of better snow conditions. Phone use is limited during AT trips (thankfully), but when we hear from her, she is always bubbling over with details about the adventures of the previous day or so. She had only great things to say about her trip leaders, and she made (and maintained) many friends. She has been in daily contact with her trip mates since her return. Our family has many experiences with AT and Camp Pinnacle, and we just have never been given any reasons to worry when our children are there.

Allison Cash, Chapel Hill, NC
July 2018

Carson had requested to return for another AT trip upon returning from last summer’s adventure, and we agreed. Carson’s experiences at AT and Camp Pinnacle have helped to give him confidence, joy, and priceless adventures under the guidance of well-trained and safety-conscious leaders. And everyone in the AT office is always willing to address questions with patience and compassion. THANK YOU! Keep up the good work!

Kathy Crowley, Riva, MD
July 2018

Sean came back from Ultimate Northwest trip saying this was the best time of his life. He absolutely loved the camaraderie; the instructors were amazing people; and the concept of hard work and accomplishment as a team was learned. Sean says summiting Mt. Adams was so hard because you got up at midnight and started hiking double-black mountains for 12 hours, but when you were at the top, it was worth all the hard work. Since being home, he communicates with his group almost every day. His words: “Mom, every day I woke up with some of the best people I have ever met, and we got to spend the whole day together on adventures.” His instructors sounded awesome and taught him to learn new outdoor and life skills. The world needs more people like the AT instructors.

Emily Skinner, Santa Rosa Beach, FL
July 2018

My son returned to Adventure Treks because I knew it would be a fun time with lots of opportunity for personal growth. I also knew it would be organized and professional and that I would have no worries about him. I think the accomplishment of Mt. Adams was huge but overall he expressed a feeling of personal growth and more global thinking and I can see that in him as well. He said, “I lived in the woods for 24 days, and I just want to go back to the woods.”

Laura Cattabriga, Miami Beach, FL
July 2018

Adventure Treks is a great way for teens to challenge themselves at a critical point in their lives. Beyond the physical exertions and fun, this year’s trip really made Daniele think a lot about who he is. Conversations when he came home this year were more reflective and insightful. He spoke of perseverance and inner strength, the perspective he gained on his home life and what he takes for granted, the importance of community, and a better appreciation of what he really values in life. He spoke very highly of the instructors and enjoyed them a lot.

Katie Scruggs, Huntersville, NC
July 2018

Emma loved her California Adventure trip in 2017 and begged us to let her go again. We recognized how Emma had grown from her first trip and felt another AT trip would only allow more growth. AT is a growth experience in so many ways. Emma loved being pushed physically and mentally and recognized that the strong community that had been built made the challenges fun. This year’s group connected really well. Last year, her trip was fantastic, but it sounds like this year the group really enjoyed each other a whole new level. Emma attributes that to her instructors, who she said were unbelievable. They went above and beyond to make it great, and they were very involved in everything, rather than on the fringe just managing things.