​Pacific Northwest Discovery

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​Pacific Northwest Discovery


Oregon, Washington

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8 Days

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Arrive & Depart: Portland, OR (PDX)

NEW! For 2020, Adventure Treks will offer an eight-day trip for middle schoolers who are looking for their first foray into the outdoors, but aren’t ready to head out for two to three weeks. This introductory trip is jam-packed with adventure: A day hike in the scenic Columbia River Gorge will help our community form as we get to know each other among beautiful scenery. Then it’s off to Mt. Hood National Forest, where we’ll hop on mountain bikes and zoom down flowy trails. We’ll venture into the world-famous Mt. St. Helens Ape Cave Lava Tubes before attempting a summit of the 8,366-foot-tall mountain itself! We’ll take on the fun, beginner-friendly rapids of the Klickitat River in sit-on-top kayaks, and then finish our trip with a thrilling rafting trip down the White Salmon River—one of our all-time favorite activities.

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​Pacific Northwest Discovery Itinerary

Day hike in Columbia River Gorge

The Columbia River Gorge straddles the Washington and Oregon border, and this is where we’ll start our adventure! This area is known for its vibrant wildflowers, including more than a dozen endemic species. A rewarding hike up Dog Mountain leads to a bird’s eye view of 11,250-foot Mt. Hood to the south and Mt. St. Helens (8,366 feet) and Mt. Adams (12,280 feet) to the north.

Mountain bike in Government Camp

Almost 50 miles of trails wind through Government Camp, which sits in the shadows of Mt. Hood. We’ll pedal through old-growth forests, among wildflower fields, and next to sparkling lakes and streams. There’s something for everyone here; beginners to advanced riders alike will find a ride that suits them!

Hike through the Ape Caves

Have you ever explored a lava tube? You’re about to get up close and personal with the Cascades’ most famous lava formations! The 2,000-year-old Ape Caves have many wondrous features, including the “meatball” (a giant globule of cooled lava suspended in midair) and the “railroad tracks” (a levee that formed when lava drained out of the tube). Learn the difference between stalactites and stalagmites, scramble over lava blocks, and wiggle commando-style through narrow sections.

Climb Mt. St. Helens (8,366 feet)

The most famous stratovolcano in the United States beckons to student hikers all of levels. Students will stand on the edge of the ever-growing crater and its surrounding glacier, literally watching geology in the making. Rewards for this challenging hike also include 360-degree views of Mt. Rainier, Mt. Adams, and Mt. Hood.

Kayak the Klickitat River

Ready for a day on the Wild and Scenic Klickitat River? The Klickitat flows steadily downhill, providing for incredibly fun and accessible rapids. Our sit-on-top kayaks are stable and forgiving boats—perfect for those who have never boated down a river before—but they still provide plenty of challenge for students wishing to advance their paddling skills.

Whitewater raft the White Salmon River

In 2013, the New York Times rated the White Salmon River as #13 among 46 places to visit worldwide. This other Wild and Scenic River is federally protected, leaving the water and forestry in pristine condition. Teamwork is required as you bounce down fun, sustained rapids; laughter is recommended.

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Included in Tuition
  • All meals
  • Tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, backpack, and all group and technical gear
  • Guided activities
Not Included in Tuition
  • Airfare to and from
  • Trip insurance
  • Personal clothing and items (see our packing list here)


Day hiking


Mountain biking

Sit-on-top kayaking

Whitewater rafting