Olympics and Cascades Adventure
Explore the best of the Pacific Northwest with a journey from its coastal waters to its highest mountain.
Moderate to Strenuous
September 11 – 17, 2022
Medically-trained, naturalist guides
Campsite reservations & fees
One night in Seattle hotel (double occupancy)
Tent, sleeping pad, and group camping equipment
All meals indicated in itinerary
Park entry fees
Gratuity for your guide
Meals on the road or in town (see itinerary)
Personal camping gear (see pack list)
The Pacific Northwest is home to some of the most dramatic and dynamic landscapes in the country. We’ll hike its rocky coasts, venture into the heart of a rainforest, and climb to the foot of a glacial volcano – all in just seven days!
Fall 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, cool nights with lows in the 40s, and the potential for lots of rain. High elevations on Mount Rainier may even see snow this time of year!
Good Trippers can be any age but most of our travelers are in their 30s – 50s.
We get families, couples and friends, but most of our travelers come solo! We have trips for all abilities, just make sure to review the Intensity section for information about what to expect on your trip.
All public trips are 18+. If you’re traveling with kids, we’d be happy to make any itinerary private! Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Intensity – Moderate to Strenuous
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. Day 5 will be the most challenging day, with a strenuous hike at altitudes that some consider challenging. This hike is optional, though, with more moderate alternatives available for those who would like to opt out. Suitable for most fit travelers with some hiking experience.
- Three nights camping in Olympic National Park
- Two nights camping in Mount Rainier National Park
- One night at 2-3* hotel in Seattle
- Pricing is based on double occupancy accommodations
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. Alternatively, your guide can collect you from your accommodation or another central point in Seattle (within 30 minutes of airport) by 10:00 AM PST if you choose to arrive a day early.
Your guide will transport the group to the airport at 10:00 AM PST on Day 7. 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.
Arrive in Seattle. Meet your guide by mid-morning for transfer to Olympic National Park. We’ll kick things off with a short afternoon hike along Hurricane Ridge for dramatic views of the Olympic Range. Tonight, we’ll set up camp at Sol Duc Campground, get to know one another, and review our full adventure.
This morning, we’ll pack up and head to the stunning Lake Crescent for a morning paddle on its beautiful waters. Keep your eyes and ears peeled for birds overhead as you take in the dramatic landscape. After our kayaking adventure, we’ll drive to the Hoh Rainforest for a walk through the dense and lush forest. Tonight, we’ll set up camp on Kalaloch Beach, one of the most beautiful spots on the entire peninsula.
Meals: B, L, D
Today is a day for exploring the coast with a relaxing day. After a leisurely morning, we’ll do a coastal hike to see the massive rock formations along the water and visit the famous Tree of Life. 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.
Meals: B, L, D
After packing up camp, we’ll make the drive off the peninsula and to Ashford, at the foot of Tahoma (Mount Rainier). Dinner tonight is at Basecamp, a favorite spot of local climbers (not included). Camp will be at Cougar Rock just inside the park’s entrance.
Meals: B (lunch and dinner stops made, but not included in price)
Today is the most challenging day of hiking with a full day hike on Tahoma (Mount Rainier) with the goal being Camp Muir. Departing from Paradise, we’ll hike with a steady elevation gain above treeline, with stunning views greeting us every step of the way. Marmots, pika, and maybe even black bear (at a distance) will greet us as we hike through the alpine meadows, full of wild blueberries and huckleberries. Our final turn around point will depend on conditions and overall group pace but be prepared for up to 8.5 miles and 4500’ of elevation gain!
For travelers who would prefer a more moderate adventure, short, alternate walks will be available around the visitor center for you to do at your own pace. Tonight, we’ll celebrate with a hearty meal back at camp.
Meals: B, L, D
After a short morning walk, we’ll pack up camp and head back to Seattle to explore the city. Today’s activities may include a visit to Pike Place Market, the Chihuly sculpture garden, or one of the many Regional Tribal Cultural Centers. Hotel accommodations are included, so you’ll enjoy a very well-deserved shower today! This evening, we’ll enjoy a final group dinner together (not included).
We’ll say goodbye after an amazing adventure together!
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Sun hat with a brim
- Wool socks (1 pair per day of trip)
- Hiking boots
- Recommended Clothing
- Buff or neck scarf
- Comfortable clothes for camp
- Sandals or camp shoes