United States

Washington Olympics and Cascades Adventure

Experience the best of the diverse Pacific Northwest. Alongside your knowledgeable hiking guide, explore its rocky coasts, venture into the heart of the lush rainforest, and climb to the foot of a glacial volcano – all in just seven days!

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Seattle and transfer to Olympic National Park

Arrive in Seattle and meet your guide by mid-morning for a transfer to Olympic National Park.

We’ll kick things off with a short afternoon hike along picturesque Hurricane Ridge for dramatic views of the Olympic Range.

In the evening, we’ll set up camp at Sol Duc Campground, get to know one another, and review our full adventure.

MEALS: Dinner

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Today is spent exploring Rialto Beach. 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.

In the afternoon, we’ll drive to the Hoh Rainforest for a walk through the dense, lush forest.

MEALS: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

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This morning, we’ll pack up and head to the stunning Lake Crescent for a serene morning paddle on its beautiful waters. Keep your eyes and ears peeled for birds overhead as you take in the dramatic landscape.

MEALS: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

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After packing up camp, we’ll make the drive off the peninsula to the base of Tahoma (Mount Rainier).

We stop for lunch along the drive (not included) and settle into our camp at White River, just inside the park’s entrance. Depending on timing, we may take an optional walk along the river and out to the foot of the vast Emmons Glacier.

We’ll enjoy a hearty camp-cooked dinner tonight.

MEALS: Breakfast & dinner

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Today is our most challenging hike; we’ll head up to the stunning Yakima Park (Sunrise) area.

If the mountain is feeling generous, the views that we’ll see of the massive Tahoma are unparalleled throughout the day, sure to take your breath away. Even on overcast days, though, the park’s wildlife and rocky landscape are jaw-dropping.

We cover about 8mi with some challenging elevation as we hike into rugged alpine landscapes and back down through beautiful meadows.

After our day, we’ll have one final group meal back at camp – and a toast to our adventure!

MEALS: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

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After a short morning walk, we 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).

MEALS: Breakfast

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We say goodbye after an amazing adventure together, and unforgettable memories of a lifetime!

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What's Included

Included
  • Medically-trained, naturalist guides.
  • Round-trip transportation from Seattle.
  • Campsite reservations & fees.
  • 1 x night in Seattle hotel at end of trip (double occupancy).
  • Tent, sleeping pad & group camping equipment.
  • Lake kayaking.
  • Meals as outlined in itinerary.
  • Park entry fees.
Not Included
  • Gratuity for your guide.
  • Sleeping bag.
  • Meals on the road or in town (see itinerary).
  • Personal camping gear (see pack list in FAQs).
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FAQs

Before you go

REQUIRED GEAR - Day pack (15-30L 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 - Headlamp - Reusable water bottles or bladders (3L total capacity) RECOMMENDED GEAR AND PERSONAL ITEMS - Hiking poles - Cotton or silk sleeping bag liner (optional, recommended if renting) - Travel pillow - Sunscreen - Earplugs - 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 - Gloves - Sun hat with a brim - Wool socks (1 pair per day of trip) - Hiking boots - Sunglasses RECOMMENDED CLOTHING - Buff or neck scarf - Comfortable clothes for camp - Sandals or camp shoes

Yes, you can! Most of our guests are solo travelers. Joining a group trip makes it nice and social, and you'll meet like-minded adventurers.

Most days will include hikes that are approximately 3-4 miles with mild to moderate elevation change. Expect to be active for about 4-6 hours a day. Day 5 will be the most challenging day, with a moderate hike at altitudes that some consider challenging. The final route will be tailored to our group. Generally speaking, this trip is suitable for most fit travelers with some hiking experience.

On your trip

No! This hiking will be suitable for anyone. If someone is severely adverse to heights, please reach out ahead of time and we'll make sure all expectations are set and adjustments are made as necessary.

Take a look at the itinerary to see how our hiking varies from day to day. The hardest day will total about eight miles of hiking.

During this trip you'll spend: - 3 nights camping in Olympic National Park - 2 nights camping in Mount Rainier National Park - 1 night at 2-3* hotel in Seattle N.B. Pricing is based on double occupancy accommodations.

Drinking water will be available throughout the trip. The campgrounds have potable drinking water. There will be additional access to water while in town. Guests should bring reusable water bottles to refill during the trip.

All luggage has to fit in the vans, so we ask that each guest limits their luggage to one small suitcase so we can accommodate the group camping equipment as well.

No. You'll be able to leave some things in the vans or at our group campsite.

Breakfast and dinner will typically be campfire meals prepared by your guide. These could include homemade chili, breakfast burritos, or mac and cheese. For lunch, we typically offer gourmet picnic lunches that could include charcuterie, salads, sandwiches, and more. Meals will be adapted to accommodate dietary restrictions.

Start: 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 the airport) by 10:00 AM PST if you choose to arrive a day early. End: 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.

Other FAQs

All of the open guided trips are 18+. If you’re traveling with kids, reach out to get a quote for a private trip.

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!

Yes. We can definitely help make accommodations as needed. Please indicate your dietary requirements on the trip form that you fill out on your Skyhook dashboard.

Sometimes we are able to offer single supplement. If you'd like to inquire about upgrading to the single supplement, let your guide know by messaging them from your Skyhook dashboard.

Most of our travelers are in their 30s – 50s. We get families, couples, and friends, but most of our travelers come solo!

If you'd like additional touring, please reach out and we can make suggestions for other places to visit.

Your head guide is Megan

All trips on Skyhook are run by small, hand-picked local guiding companies. For this trip your guides run Good Trip Adventures, based in Belgrade.

By booking through Skyhook you'll be joining a small-group trip. This can make it nice and sociable (you'll be added to a group chat after booking), and guarantees great value for money!

Megan