Pair hiking Mt. Rainier’s remarkable wild side with wine tasting in the Yakima Valley‘s famed wineries in one unforgettable day!
Mt. Rainier looms large in the hearts of Northwestern residents. On a clear day, the beautiful, hulking monolith can be seen from just about anywhere. At the height of summer, lucky travelers and locals alike make a pilgrimage to her flower-flanked trails for the kind of relaxation, fresh air, and peace that only comes with a walk in a quiet, magnificently wild place. We’ll set out on foot for an meandering 3.5-mile loop to experience some of Mt. Rainier National Park’s magic.
There’s only one way to follow up that type of transcendental human experience – wine tasting. There’s no better place than Washington State’s steadily ascending wine region, the Yakima Valley. Today, a new winery opens every 15 days! We partner with wineries that paint a beautiful picture of this rich heritage; we’ll visit two excellent winemakers east of the tallest mountain in Washington!
Join a few other travelers (each trip is ten people or fewer) and an award-winning guide on a real exploration of our wild home. Don’t worry – we’ll take care of absolutely everything. If you’re staying downtown (hotel, Airbnb, etc) we’ll pick you up! We’ll text/call the day prior to your trip to confirm exact timing. We’re bringing breakfast pastries, local coffee, and tea. We’ll also bring a fresh, local, family-style lunch and snacks, sparkling water and water to enjoy throughout the day.
7:00-7:30a: Downtown Pickups
Generally, our last pickup for each tour occurs at the Hotel Monaco in Seattle. This isn’t always the case – so check with us – but we consider it a default location for anyone staying outside of downtown. Let our team know where you’re staying and we’ll do everything we can to make your pickup as easy as possible.
9:00a: Pit Stop
We’ll likely stop to stretch the legs, press coffee, make tea, and have a light breakfast outdoors with a view.
10:00a: Arrive at Mt. Rainier National Park
Enter Mt. Rainier National Park for a hike. Head to Ohanepecosh and walk along the river or to Naches Peak for a rewarding 3.5 mile loop.
1:00p: Head to Yakima Valley
Set off through the Chinook Pass for Yakima Valley and its wineries.
2:00p: Wine Tasting
Tasting experience at first Yakima winery.
3:30p: More Wine Tasting
Tasting experience at second Yakima winery.
5:00p: Start to Head Back to Seattle
Around 5:00 we’ll start to head for Seattle – we’ll likely take a break along the way home.
7:30p: Begin Drop-Offs
We’ll drop travelers off where we found them (or another preferred spot nearby).