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Washington Cascades & Olympic Women’s Trip with Julia @juliatakesahike

Spend 8 days exploring the North Cascades and diverse Olympic National Parks with Julia @juliatakesahike! Anyone who identifies as a woman is welcome!

 

Meet Julia (@juliatakesahike)!

Julia (@juliatakesahike) is an outdoor, adventure, and travel lover based in Colorado.

She’s passionate about getting people outside, recreating responsibly, and providing opportunities to explore and enjoy the outdoors in a safe and fun environment.

She loves the national parks and is extremely excited to be exploring these two with you!

Who You Are

An adventurous, outdoor-loving woman who’s excited to meet new like minded friends while exploring Washington’s national parks!

Whether you’re a beginner or experienced hiker or camper, you’re seeking a week of adventure, genuine connection, and opportunities to bond and learn together.

Trip Length

8 Days

Intensity

Moderate to Challenging

Group Size

6-8 Persons

Trip Dates

July 22 – July 29, 2024

Activities

Hiking
Camping
Kayaking

Included

Round-trip transportation from / to Seattle
Medically-trained naturalist guides
Park entry fees
Campsite reservations and fees
One night in Seattle hotel (double occupancy)
Tent, sleeping pad, and group camping equipment
Lake kayaking
All meals indicated in itinerary

Not Included

Flights to / from the destination
Gratuity for your guides
Sleeping bag
Meals on the road or in town (see itinerary)
Personal camp gear (see pack list)

$1745

This trip is SOLD OUT! Join the waitlist below to be notified when a spot opens up!

Trip Info

The Pacific Northwest is home to some of the most dramatic and dynamic landscapes in the country. We’ll explore its rocky coasts, venture into the heart of a rainforest, and hike alongside fascinating glaciated volcanoes – on an immersive 8-day adventure!

Weather

Summer is a wonderful time to visit Washington and the weather can be extremely varied. We’ll be exploring a variety of locations each with its own weather trends.

In general, you should be prepared for warm, comfortable days with temperatures in the 70s – possibly reaching the 80s in the afternoon. Nights will be cooler with lows in the 50s. Though less likely this time of year, there is always the potential for rain. High elevations on Mount Rainier may even have lingering snow this time of year!

Intensity – Moderate

Most days will include hikes that are approximately 3-4 miles with mild to moderate elevation change. Expect to be active for about 4 hours a day. Suitable for most fit travelers with some hiking experience.

Accommodations

  • Three nights camping in North Cascades National Park
  • Three nights camping at Sol Duc Campground in Olympic National Park
  • 1 night in a hotel in Seattle (double occupancy)

Flights

Please plan to arrive at SeaTac International Airport by 11:00 AM PST on Day 1. Your guide will pick you up shortly after arrival.

Your guide will transport the group to the airport at 10:00 AM PST on Day 8. Please plan a departure after that time or be prepared to find personal transportation to the airport from the hotel if your flight departs earlier or much later.

Itinerary

Day 1

Plan to arrive in Seattle by the mid afternoon. After meeting your adventure-mates upon arrival, we’ll load up and head out to the stunning North Cascades. After arriving in the park, we’ll set up our camp together and settle in. Dinner tonight is a hearty camp cooked meal that will fuel us up for the next day’s adventure, as we get to know each other and review the trip itinerary.

Meals: D

Day 2

Today’s destination is the jaw-dropping Cascade Pass, one of the most stunning hikes in the entire United States. The views today will be well earned – with three miles of switch backs starting us on our way. Soon, though, we’ll enter the vast alpine zone and soak up our rewarding views. If our group is especially ambitious, we may continue upwards toward the Sahale Arm where whistling marmots and vibrant wildflowers await.

Meals: B, L, D

Day 3

This morning we’ll load up and head to Diablo Lake – a deep blue glacial gem. Depending on the conditions and time of year, we may start our day with a hike up Thunder Knob and enjoy the afternoon taking a refreshing dip in these alpine waters. We’ll also visit some picturesque viewpoints along the way for more stunning vistas of the North Cascades majestic landscape.

In the evening, we’ll stargaze at camp, indulge in s’mores, and revel in campfire stories with new friends.

Meals: B, L, D

Day 4

This morning, we’ll pack up and head to our next destination – the Olympic peninsula! Today’s voyage includes a relaxing ferry ride and a stop on Whidbey Island for some time to shop, explore, and eat some tasty local lunch (not included). Tonight we’ll set up at our next camp deep in the lush forest at Sol Duc for another few nights of sleeping under the stars.

Meals: B, D

Day 5

Today, we’ll be exploring the rocky coast and the incredible rainforest – all in one day! Depending on tides, we may start with a coastal hike to see the massive rock formations along the water and do some tidepooling. We’ll learn all about the aquatic wildlife in this one-of-a-kind location where massive conifers grow right up to the water’s edge.

Next, we’ll head into the Hoh rainforest for a hike through one of the last remaining temperate rainforests on earth. This evening, we’ll enjoy another delicious campfire cooked dinner!

Meals: B, L, D

Day 6

This morning, we’ll load up and head to the stunning Lake Crescent for a serene morning paddle on its beautiful waters. Keep your eyes and ears peeled for birds overhead as you take in the dramatic landscape!

We’ll also enjoy our final night camping together, and reveling in newfound friends and adventure stories around the crackling campfire.

Meals: B, L, D

Day 7

One final day for hiking! We’ll head up to the beautiful Hurricane Ridge for one final epic view of the Olympic mountains before heading back to Seattle.

Once we arrive back in the city, we’ll take some time to explore some tourist hot spots like Pike Place Market and the Space Needle. After some well earned showers, we’ll enjoy a final goodbye dinner (not included) and a real bed for a good night’s sleep!

Meals: B

Day 8

Your guide will transport the group to the airport at 10am PST today. We’ll say our farewells to an unforgettable trip, and newfound friends!

Meals: None

Pack List

  • Required Gear
    • Day pack (15-30 liters recommended)
    • Luggage (can be left in the vehicle, 1 small suitcase per person)
    • Sleeping bag (available to rent), rated to 20 degrees or lower
    • Pack cover
    • Headlamp
    • Reusable water bottles or bladders (3L total capacity)
  • Recommended Gear and Personal Item
    • 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
  • Required Clothing
    • Warm jacket (down, puffy, fleece)
    • Rain jacket or shell
    • 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
  • Recommended Clothing
    • Buff or neck scarf
    • Comfortable clothes for camp
    • Sandals or camp shoes

Washington Olympics and Cascades Women’s Trip with Julia @juliatakesahike

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