UNDER CONSTRUCTION – COMING 3RD WEEK OF OCTOBER FOR 2020
Six Day ‘Washington National Parks’ Tour: North Cascades, Mt. Rainier, & Olympic National Parks
Trips depart Sundays & Wednesdays beginning in late June.
Get off the beaten track and away from the summer crowds with this 6-day adventure throughout the North Cascades, Mt. Rainier, and Olympic National Parks.
From mountain vistas and alpine meadows, to lush rainforests and roaring oceans, this small group tour will have you hiking along some of the most rugged, remote, and remarkable trails Washington has to offer. Along the way, we’ll spend a day exploring Bavarian themed town of Leavenworth, WA with opportunities to raft (or float!) the Wenatchee River, enjoy relaxing evenings along the rocky beaches of the Pacific Coast, and truly immerse ourselves in the wild lands of Washington State.Explore tour dates.Know Before You Go.
Day One: North Cascades National Park
We’ll set off north today, leaving Seattle in our rear view mirror, to the most remote national park Washington State has to offer—the North Cascades. Frequently referred to as the “North American Alps”, this region is the largest wilderness area in the northwestern half of the state. With rugged peaks, glacial carved valleys, cascading waterfalls, and turquoise lakes, the jaw-dropping views abound. We’ll explore the tucked away trail known as Cascade Pass for the best introduction to everything the North Cascades has to offer. If we’re lucky enough, we may even be treated to views of the local wildlife as the rocky slopes are a favorite of the many deer, mountain goats, and bears that call this place home.
Day Two: Leavenworth & Mt. Rainier
Explore the quaint town of Leavenworth, Washington, where everything is finished with a Bavarian touch. A local’s favorite escape destination for its abundance of outdoor recreation opportunities. Today, we’ll enjoy a free day to let everyone explore at their own speed. Whether that’s by enjoying a stein of beer and brats for lunch and wandering the town or by spending the day on the by water white water rafting, kayaking, or a peaceful float down the river, there is something for everyone in this secluded mountain town. In the evening, we’ll introduce ourselves to Mt. Rainier National Park with a short loop amongst some of the oldest and wisest trees to be found—the Grove of the Patriarchs.
Day Three: Mt. Rainier National Park
Option 1– Paradise to Camp Muir Hike up the flanks of Mt. Rainier today, starting at the iconic Paradise Inn towards Camp Muir. Positioned above the tree line, this alpine ecosystem boasts paintings of wildflowers of every color imaginable. As you stop to catch your breath along the trail, take in views of the Tatoosh Mountain Range, the Nisqually Glacier, and families of Hoary Marmot scurrying about and reminisce about what it would have been like to be the first climbers to summit Mt. Rainier from this very trail back in 1870.
Option 2– Burroughs Mountain Loop Via Glacier Basin Traverse past rushing rivers, frozen lakes, alpine meadows, and ancient glaciers today as we explore the northeast side of Mt. Rainier. Departing down the Glacier Basin Trail from the Sunrise Visitor Center, we’ll work our way around a clockwise loop connecting with the Burroughs Mountain Trail. Along the way, Mt. Rainier will appear so close, it feels as if you could reach out and touch her. The trail travels past Emmons Glacier, the largest glacier in the continental US, and up more than 3000 feet of elevation to the barren landscape of Burroughs Mountain. With no trees to disrupt the view, wildflowers, wildlife, and craggy mountains dominate the scene.
Day Four: Olympic National Park
Lake Quinault & Kalaloch Beach
As we transition from Mt. Rainier to Olympic National Park, we’ll drive west to exit the Cascade Mountains and make our way to the Pacific Coast. Along the way, we’ll stop to enjoy lunch at Lake Quinault. The Quinault River Basin is home to some of the largest Western Red Cedar, Douglas Fir, Western Hemlock, and Sitka Spruce trees in the world—you’ll be itching to get out of the van and stretch your legs amongst these peaceful giants. Our next stop will be our home for the next two nights—Kalaloch Lodge. Nestled right up against the Pacific Coast, spend some time down at the beach in the evening to catch the spectacular displays of light as the sun sets below the Pacific Ocean.
Day Five: Olympic National Park
The Hoh Rainforest
Immerse yourself in the most famous rainforest in the United States and one of the last remaining stands of rainforest that once spanned from southeast Alaska to central California along the Pacific Coast. As we follow along the Hoh River Trail, notice how the thick blanket of moss that shrouds the surface of trees and rocks absorbs sound, making the forest feel eerily quiet. Keep an eye out for Roosevelt Elk, Banana Slugs, and the hundreds of bird species tucked away in this emerald ecosystem.
Day Six: Olympic National Park
Lake Crescent, Elwha River Valley, & Hurricane Ridge
Enjoy our last morning along the Pacific Coast, today we’ll make our way north to explore the topaz waters of Lake Crescent. Take a dip in the crystal-clear lake or opt to join a hike to Marymere Falls to feel the mist on your face. Later, we will head up to the highest point you can access by car—Hurricane Ridge. At nearly a mile high in elevation, the snarled trees are dwarfed in size to their larger lowland relatives. For our last hike, we’ll traverse the steep and rocky path known as Switchback Trail to Klahhane Ridge. True to its name, we’ll endure quite the climb, but the views, and the lack of crowds, are well worth the extra effort. Enjoy the 360-degree views of the Olympic Mountains, Vancouver Island, and the Straight of Juan de Fuca from this 6,000 foot vantage point because soon we’ll say goodbye and reminisce about the past week on a serene ferry ride across the Puget Sound as it brings us back to the Emerald City.
‘Vanishing Forest’ Olympic National Park Tour
A TripAdvisor 'Hall of Fame' guide.
National Park entry fees.
Local, organic picnic lunches - served outside when the weather is right.
Light breakfasts (pastries, fruit, coffee, tea, etc).
A beach dinner the first evening - prepared by your guide. Dinner at the historic Lake Quinault Lodge the second evening.
Ferry fees and transportation.
Snacks, water, sparkling water, local wine, local adult beverages, etc.
You'll sleep soundly in the heart of Olympic National Park in private, comfortable mobile mini-cabins outfitted by our friends at ROAM Trailers! All lodging costs are included in our pricing.
You'll be guests of ROAM Beyond, staying in Homegrown Trailers featuring a queen bed (plus bunks), robust solar power systems, advanced battery storage, hot water and shower, induction cooktop with pots & dishes, cold refrigerator and freezer, plenty of power for lighting and charging devices, plus a self-contained toilet. Linens with a warm comforter and duvet cover will be included along with pillows, towels, and biodegradable soaps.
Join a small group (a maximum of 10 travelers total). This adventure is $1500 per person after all taxes.
This trip does require, at minimum, that three travelers book any given date. If our trip doesn't reach it's three guest floor - all booked travelers will be notified in advance and refunded fully.
To book a public trip, we ask for $250 to reserve your spot on the trip. 60 days out we'll ask for a 50% deposit as we prepare for your trip. 30 days out we'll request the final balance.
Want to make your adventure private? Prices below are before WA Sales Tax (10.1%). To inquire about private trip dates, give us a call!
1 person: $4100/person
2 people: $2400/person
3 people: $1900/person
4 people: $1600/person
5 people: $1400/person
6 people: $1250/person
7 people: $1150/person
8 people: $1000/person
9 people: $975/person
10 people: $950/person