Experience the best of the Pacific Northwest on this remarkable journey through Oregon and Washington! We’ll start off traveling to the hiker’s paradise of Mt. Rainier to catch some stunning views of the glacier-capped volcano. After hiking along some of the most beautiful peaks in the Western U.S., we’ll travel to the Colombia River Gorge to paddle on the crystal clear waters of the White Salmon River with expert river guides. Next, we’ll travel to Oregon’s world-famous Smith Rock State Park where we’ll learn to rock climb among stunning views of the high desert canyon. We’ll take our paddling skills back to the river as we head to the ruggedly beautiful Deschutes River for an overnight raft trip. We’ll wrap up our adventure waving to seals and surfing on the Oregon Coast, catching waves at iconic Cannon Beach!
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Arrive: Seattle, WA (SEA)
Depart: Portland, OR (PDX)
Pacific Northwest Adventure Itinerary
Day 1-3: Hike in Mt. Rainier National Park
We begin our Pacific Northwest adventure with 3 days of hiking on one of the most iconic mountains in the country, Mt. Rainier! We will spend our first few days getting to know each other among the snowcapped mountain views and meadows full of wildflowers! We will see waterfalls, lakes, and take in the beauty of ancient Douglas firs, western red cedars, and western hemlocks.
Day 4-5: Raft on the White Salmon River
We’ll make our way from the mountains to the Columbia River Gorge wilderness area for an epic day of rafting on the White Salmon River! The river flows directly from the beautiful glacial slopes of Mt. Adams. This trip will include a journey through basalt canyons formed by a historical dam in the area and will show us the lush beauty of Pacific Northwest forests. We will start off on beginner sections to learn the basics and then make our way up to class III and IV rapids with professional rafting guides.
Day 6-9: Rock Climb & Hike in the Cascades
We will continue adventuring to Bend, Oregon for epic rock climbing, community service, and more hiking! We will partner with a local non-profit to help restore native plants in the region and learn about the ecology of the Pacific Northwest’s high mountain desert. After giving back to the community we will make our way to Smith Rock State Park and climb near the famous Monkey Face rock and other iconic routes that attract climbers from all over the world. We will wrap up our time in Bend hiking at the base of the Cascade Mountain Range and taking in the breathtaking views of the Three Sisters and Mt. Bachelor.
Day 10-13: Overnight Raft Trip on the Deschutes River
Next we will head to Maupin to begin a 3-day rafting trip on the Deschutes River! We’ll refresh our paddle skills with comfortable beginner rapids as we work our way up to splashing around in class III and IV rapids. We will sleep on river beaches and spend our nights stargazing in the high mountain desert! In the evenings we will have time to hike around our campsite, enjoy the campfire, and enjoy the majesty of a backcountry river expedition with expert rafting guides.
Day 14-18: Surf the Oregon Coast
We’ll trade fresh whitewater for saltwater as we head to the Oregon Coast for surfing and hiking in Cannon Beach. We will have two days of private surf lessons and learn essential skills like water safety, proper pop-up and balancing techniques and surf etiquette. We’ll catch some waves at one of the most beautiful beaches in Oregon and have a chance to see the famous Haystack Rock. When we take a break from the water, we’ll find our zen with beach yoga and a hike in the lush temperate rain forest.
*Listed above is Bold Earth’s intended itinerary for this trip. All itineraries are subject to change in order to provide the best possible program quality.
Dates and Prices
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Accommodations & Service
Community Service: Approximately 6 Hours
- Bend Nature Conservatory: Native plant and ecological restoration projects
- 17 nights of camping. Bold Earth will provide comfortable 3-person tents.
Community service: 6 hours
On my trip there was never an empty seat beside me, I was never without someone to talk to or hangout with. I realized the value that I had, that I was a person that people genuinely enjoyed being around. The new light that I see myself in I will carry with my for the rest of my life thanks to this experience.
Bold Earth lived up to its mission and promise. The organization took a shy, and anxious young man and created a safe space that allowed him to open up, thrive and grow.
Thank you Bold Earth for sending me a happier and more confident son. Thank you for understanding him, accepting him and loving him.
P.S. Thanks for the daily blogs and pictures. It was great seeing him having fun with his new friends
Bold Earth went above and beyond. The communications process throughout – whether with Josh before the trip or the counselors during the trip – was the best. Nothing was ever too much trouble nor rushed. They go to great lengths to put the kids and their parents at ease. The quality of the itinerary and experiences was fantastic – Ben loved all the activities. The food was real, nutritious and delicious. And finally the counselors were fantastic. Ben raved about them both.
The most valuable part of my Bold Earth experience was meeting different people from all over and having a sense of community. I had an amazing time connecting with some other people on the trip and I got to get to know them and connect with them on a much deeper/different level than friends back home.
Our son had the best time from start to finish on his trip. He had great tour leaders and a wonderful group of kids that he will keep in touch with for years to come.