Experience the best of the Pacific Northwest on this remarkable journey through Oregon and Washington! Our adventure starts with surfing at the world-famous Cannon Beach and enjoying the best of the Oregon coast! Travel to Central Oregon to raft the ruggedly beautiful Deschutes River and learn to navigate the wild and scenic whitewater rapids. Climb at iconic Smith Rock State Park where the best climbers in the world congregate to scale the basalt cliffs. Next, explore the high desert splendor of the Cascade mountain range. From there, we’ll paddle the crystal clear waters of the White Salmon River for another day of rafting before traveling to legendary Mt. Rainier National Park to hike along some of the most beautiful peaks in the Western U.S.
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Pacific Northwest: Coast to Cascades
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Arrive: Portland, OR (PDX)
Depart: Seattle, WA (SEA)
Pacific Northwest: Coast to Cascades Itinerary
Day 1-3: Surf the Oregon Coast
We begin our Pacific Northwest adventure on the Oregon Coast by learning how to surf and hiking at the iconic Cannon Beach. We will spend our first few days getting to know each other among the waves! 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 rainforest.
Day 4-7: Overnight Raft Trip on the Deschutes River
Next, we head to Maupin to begin a 3-day rafting trip on the wild and scenic Deschutes River! Our trip will start with comfortable beginner rapids as we work our way up to splashing around in class III and IV rapids. We will get to 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 explore the wonder of a backcountry river expedition with expert rafting guides.
Day 8-11: 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 climbs 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 12-13: Raft the White Salmon River
We’ll make our way from Central Oregon’s high desert to the Columbia River Gorge wilderness area for an epic day of rafting on the White Salmon River! The river flows directly from the 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 run world-class rapids with the help of our professional rafting guides.
Day 14-18: Hike in Mt. Rainier National Park
We’ll wrap up 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 final days celebrating this amazing experience among the snow-capped mountain views and meadows full of wildflowers! We will hike near waterfalls, and lakes, and take in the beauty of ancient Douglas firs, western red cedars, and western hemlocks.
*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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.