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Expeditions San Juans Kayak

 

Good Trip Adventures X Breakwater Expeditions. Immersed in the beauty of the Pacific Northwest, exploring waterways, rainforests, high alpine peaks of the Olympic Peninsula & surrounding islands.

TRIP DATES:

September 7-14, 2024

Trip Length

8 Days

Intensity

Level 3-4

View our intensity scale.

Group Size

8-10 People

For larger groups, contact us.

$2950 Per Person

 

The pristine waters of the San Juan Islands and the majestic wilderness of Olympic National Park have inspired explorers, native americans, and naturalists for centuries. Carved by nature’s artistry and nurtured by centuries of ecological evolution, these two Pacific Northwest gems offer a truly unparalleled experience. Embark on a journey of discovery that spans seven unforgettable days, paddling through the serene San Juan Islands and hiking the rugged trails of Olympic National Park.

 

Activities
  • Paddling
  • Camping
  • Hiking

 

Included
  • Medically-trained, naturalist guides
  • All transportation in passenger van
  • Tent, sleeping pad, sleeping bag, and paddling gear
  • All lodging: hotels and camping
  • All meals indicated in itinerary
  • Park entry fees

 

Not Included
  • Flights
  • Gratuity for your guide
  • Meals not indicated in itinerary
  • Personal gear (see packing list)
  • Flights to destination
Weather

Early fall in the San Juans islands  is generally mild. Daytime temperatures in September usually peak around the low to mid 70s with nighttime lows dropping as low as the mid 50s to upper 40s, rain is very likely. The temperatures on the water will be significantly cooler, up to 10-15 degrees cooler, so adequate rain and wind protection is a must.

Intensity- Moderate

Paddling days will include 3-7 miles of kayaking in a day. Hiking days will usually include about 6 total hours on the trail, covering anywhere from 3-8 miles each day.

This trip includes four days of back-to-back paddling, followed by two days of hiking, so it’s best for travelers who are comfortable being active for most of the day, multiple days in a row. Paddling or hiking experience is not required, but training before your trip will help to prepare.

Accommodations
  • Nights 1 & 7, Moore Hotel, Seattle*
  • Nights 2-4, Backcountry Campsites San Juan Islands*
  • Night 5, Hotel Olympic Lodge by Ayres in Port Angeles*
  • Night 6, Campsite in Olympic National Park*
  • Double Occupancy
Flights

Please plan to arrive at Seattle/Tacoma International Airport by 2:00 PM PST on Day 1. Your guide will pick you up shortly after arrival. Alternatively, your guide can collect you from your accommodation or another central point in Seattle (within 30 minutes of the airport) by 1:00 PM PST if you choose to arrive a day early.

Your guide will transport the group to the airport to arrive by 12:00 PM PST on Day 8. Please plan a departure after that time. Alternatively, if you’d prefer to book a hotel, please be prepared to find personal transportation to the airport (via Lyft, taxi, etc).

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Embark on a journey of discovery that spans seven unforgettable days, paddling through the serene San Juan Islands and hiking the rugged trails of Olympic National Park.

Day One

 

Your journey begins today! You’ll meet your group and Washington guides in Seattle at your hotel. We will get to know each other over dinner and have a kayaking-packing lesson before the night is over. This will get us ready for the big adventure to come.

Meals: D

Day Two

 

Today it’s the van, ferry, kayak, and camp day. All that in one day! We will start off with breakfast at our hotel and get on the road early. We will travel 2 hours to Anacortes to catch our late-morning ferry to Orcas Island. While on the ferry, we will enjoy the views of the San Juan Islands and have lunch. Once our ferry stops at our terminal, we will have a short drive to North Beach, where we will unpack our boats and get ready for our paddle over to Succia. This paddle will take us about an hour. Once we are on shore, we will set up camp and enjoy a nice dinner together.

Meals: B, D (lunch stop made, but not included in price)

Day Three

After a cup of coffee and breakfast, we will head out for a paddle over to Matia Island for lunch and continue around Succia for a full circumnavigation of Succia Island. Covering about 6-7 miles today. This day, we will be given many wonderful views and the true feeling of our paddle. We will have time to explore the island’s nooks and crannies.

Meals: B, L, D

Day Four

Today we will paddle over to Patos Island 3 miles away, and visit the lighthouse. It will be an exciting change as Canada is just over to the west. We will enjoy lunch and walk around a bit more before heading back to our camp. Once back on the island, you will have an opportunity to stretch your legs and cover some miles if you desire with all the wonderful trails on Succia.
We will enjoy a nice fire and dinner under the stars.

Meals: B, L, D

Day Five

Today we will pack up camp after a wonderful breakfast. We will paddle back over to North Beach where our vehicles are still waiting for us. Here we will load our gear and enjoy lunch on shore one last time. Depending upon our Ferry time, we hope to explore Eastsound and its wonderful small town community. Once on the ferry, we will travel back to Anacortes on the Olympic Peninsula and clean up at our hotel.

Meals: B, L, D

Day Six

Spend the day exploring Olympic National Park and all it has to offer. Your naturalist guide will point out the ecological wonders of this unique park as you hike through dense rainforests, high alpine meadows, and coastal ecosystems. Pay special attention to the tide pools and the unique wildlife that live in them! We’ll also discuss the history of the park and the Native American tribes who have called this peninsula home. In the evening, we’ll gather around the campfire, roast marshmallows, and enjoy time spent together.

Meals: B, L, D

Day Seven

Hurricane Ridge, where you can see the high peaks of the Olympic mountain range. Enjoy your last guided day in Washington as you take in the incredible views of the mountains around you. In the afternoon, we’ll transfer to a hotel in Seattle to be nearer to the airport. We’ll spend the final evening reminiscing on the past week’s adventures and sharing laughs with new friends.

Meals: B, L 

Day Eight

Say your goodbyes to your guides and friends! Safe travels home or onward from your Good Trip.

Packing LIst

Required Gear
  • Day pack (15-30 liters recommended)
  • Luggage (can be left in the vehicle, 1 small suitcase per person)
  • Sleeping bag (also available to rent), rated to 20 degrees or below
  • Pack cover
  • Headlamp
  • Reusable water bottles or bladders (3L total capacity)
Recommended Gear & Personal Items
  • Hiking poles
  • Cotton or silk sleeping bag liner (optional, recommended if renting)
  • Travel pillow
  • Sunscreen
  • Earplugs
  • Insect repellent
  • Toiletries (please choose biodegradable and scent-free items)
  • Small, personal first aid kit (including blister treatment)
  • Small, quick dry towel
  • Portable charger
Required Clothing
  • Warm jacket (down, puffy, fleece)
  • Waterproof rain jacket or shell
  • Waterproof rain pants
  • Breathable wicking base layers
  • Lightweight hiking pants
  • Warm clothes to sleep in
  • Warm hat
  • Gloves
  • Sun hat with a brim
  • Wool socks (1 pair per day of trip)
  • Hiking boots
  • Sunglasses
  • Underwear
  • Water shoes with heel strap
Recommended Clothing
  • Buff or neck scarf
  • Comfortable clothes for camp
  • Sandals or camp shoes

Trip FAQ’s

What will we eat?

Meals may be prepared by guides, picked up as boxed lunches, or enjoyed in restaurants. We prioritize seasonal, fresh ingredients and local suppliers in all regions. We can cater to most dietary requests and allergies with advanced notice. Be sure to include this information in our client intake form when registering for your trip!

Who else will be there?

Good Trippers can be any age and everyone is welcome!

We get families, couples and friends, but most of our travelers come solo! We have hiking trips for all abilities, just make sure to review the Intensity section for information about what to expect on your trip. All group multi-day trips are 18+. If you’re traveling with kids, we’d be happy to make any itinerary private! Email info@goodtripadventures.com.

Do you offer payment plans?

We are here to help! We offer flexible payment plans tailored to your needs. Reach out to us for more information on how we can assist you with payment options. Regardless of the payment plan implemented, full payment must be received by 30 days in advance of the trip start.

 

Are there age requirements?

They say age is just a number and we (mostly) agree! However, due to legal restrictions and group dynamic considerations, we do have a minimum age of 18 on our public group departures. But there’s no maximum!

If you have someone under 18 in your group, we can accommodate all ages on a private adventure, so let’s talk!

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