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Hiking Mt. Rainier and Mt. St. Helens

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Program #9688RJ
7 Days | 6 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Elevation Note
4 days above 3000 ( Day 1: 5600 ft, Day 2: 7100 ft., Day 3: 4200 ft., Day 4: 7400 ft.)

Equipment Requirements
Well broken in hiking boots or shoes, day pack/fanny pack, hiking gear and rain gear are recommended to fully enjoy this program.

Itinerary for Jul 14 — Jul 20, 2013

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Type: Motel

Description: Recently renovated motel within walking distance of stores and restaurants. Elk are frequently seen grazing around the parking lot.

Contact info:
P.O. Box 488
13069 U.S. Hwy 12
Packwood, WA 98361 USA
phone: 888-305-2185 xtollfree
web: www.destinationpackwood.com

Room amenities: Rooms have telephones, TV, air conditioning.

Facility amenities: Has laundry facilities available.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: $55-$85 + tax
Contact Cowlitz River Lodge to make your reservations. Mention you will be attending the Road Scholar program. Packwood tourist information: toll free 1-800-963-7898. www.destinationpackwood.com

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, July 14 - Relax in quiet Packwood with Mt. Rainier looming ...
Relax in quiet Packwood with Mt. Rainier looming over the horizon. Meet new friends and learn about the week ahead.

Arrive To: Check in between 3:00 - 5:30 PM at Cowlitz River Lodge.

Afternoon: 5:45 PM Group socializing activities - Meet your fellow Road Scholars.

Dinner: Dinner at 6:30 PM at a local eatery.

Evening: Program orientation and introductions/discussion until 9:00 PM

Lodging: Cowlitz River Lodge

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Motel

Description: Recently renovated motel within walking distance of stores and restaurants. Elk are frequently seen grazing around the parking lot.

Contact info:
P.O. Box 488
13069 U.S. Hwy 12
Packwood, WA 98361 USA
phone: 888-305-2185 xtollfree
web: www.destinationpackwood.com

Room amenities: Rooms have telephones, TV, air conditioning.

Facility amenities: Has laundry facilities available.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: $55-$85 + tax
Contact Cowlitz River Lodge to make your reservations. Mention you will be attending the Road Scholar program. Packwood tourist information: toll free 1-800-963-7898. www.destinationpackwood.com

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, July 15 - Hike around Naches Peak with outstanding views of...
Hike around Naches Peak with outstanding views of Mt. Rainier and carpets of wildflowers. Walk through a majestic Old Growth forest.

Note: Hikes are on well maintained trails.

Breakfast: Breakfast at 7:15 AM

Morning: Hike the Naches Peak loop with beautiful views of Tipsoo lake and Mt. Rainier. 4.5 miles RT, 700 ft. elevation gain.

Lunch: Sack lunch on the trail.

Afternoon: Hike to Grove of Patriarchs, a beautiful, large-Old Growth forest with trees a thousand years old. 1.25 mile, 50 ft. elevation gain.

Dinner: Dinner at local eatery.

Evening: Evening presention on flowers will end by 9:00 PM

Lodging: Cowlitz River Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Motel

Description: Recently renovated motel within walking distance of stores and restaurants. Elk are frequently seen grazing around the parking lot.

Contact info:
P.O. Box 488
13069 U.S. Hwy 12
Packwood, WA 98361 USA
phone: 888-305-2185 xtollfree
web: www.destinationpackwood.com

Room amenities: Rooms have telephones, TV, air conditioning.

Facility amenities: Has laundry facilities available.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: $55-$85 + tax
Contact Cowlitz River Lodge to make your reservations. Mention you will be attending the Road Scholar program. Packwood tourist information: toll free 1-800-963-7898. www.destinationpackwood.com

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, July 16 - Hike at Paradise with Mt. Rainier looming over yo...
Hike at Paradise with Mt. Rainier looming over you while all around you are meadows.

Note: Skyline trail is well maintained. Some rocks to step over and gravel in sections. Optional shorter hike to Glacier vista is on a nice trail.

Breakfast: Breakfast available at 7:15 AM

Morning: From Paradise, on the south side of Mt. Rainier, cross sweetly scented meadows and wander among snow patches and the rubble of ancient glaciers. Marmots shrill their warning calls as you descend moss bordered rivulets. Short hike to Glacier Vista, 2.4 mile RT, 900 ft. elevation gain or Skyline trail loop via Panoramic viewpoint, 5.5 miles 1700 ft. elevation gain.

Lunch: Sack lunch on the trail.

Afternoon: Finish hike at Paradise on the Skyline trail.

Dinner: Dinner at Paradise Lodge.

Evening: No program this evening since we drive back from the restaurant to our lodging in Packwood.

Lodging: Cowlitz River Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Motel

Description: Recently renovated motel within walking distance of stores and restaurants. Elk are frequently seen grazing around the parking lot.

Contact info:
P.O. Box 488
13069 U.S. Hwy 12
Packwood, WA 98361 USA
phone: 888-305-2185 xtollfree
web: www.destinationpackwood.com

Room amenities: Rooms have telephones, TV, air conditioning.

Facility amenities: Has laundry facilities available.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: $55-$85 + tax
Contact Cowlitz River Lodge to make your reservations. Mention you will be attending the Road Scholar program. Packwood tourist information: toll free 1-800-963-7898. www.destinationpackwood.com

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, July 17 - Visit Mt. St. Helens, walk through the blast zone...
Visit Mt. St. Helens, walk through the blast zone, look into the crater and see the tree rafts floating in Spirit lake.

Note: Windy ridge overlook up stairs. Optional Harmony Falls trail takes you to the edge of Spirit lake.

Breakfast: Breakfast at 7:15 AM.

Morning: Visit Meta Lake and Miners Car to see the destructive effects of the 1980 eruption and to learn how some animals and insects survived it. 0.4 miles, 20 ft. elevation gain. Hike Smith Creek trailhead to Windy Ridge for a view of Spirit Lake. Thousands of trees torn from the hillside by the eruption and megatsunami still float on the lake's surface. 1.5 miles, 300 ft. elevation gain.

Lunch: Sack lunch on the trail.

Afternoon: Continue hiking at Mt. St. Helens. Harmony Falls was a beautiful high cascade until massive mudflows dammed the outlet of Spirit Lake and reduced the fall's height by half. 2.2 miles, 700 ft. elevation gain.

Dinner: Dinner at 6:30 PM.

Evening: Evening program on local history or geology will end by 9:00 PM.

Lodging: Cowlitz River Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Motel

Description: Recently renovated motel within walking distance of stores and restaurants. Elk are frequently seen grazing around the parking lot.

Contact info:
P.O. Box 488
13069 U.S. Hwy 12
Packwood, WA 98361 USA
phone: 888-305-2185 xtollfree
web: www.destinationpackwood.com

Room amenities: Rooms have telephones, TV, air conditioning.

Facility amenities: Has laundry facilities available.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: $55-$85 + tax
Contact Cowlitz River Lodge to make your reservations. Mention you will be attending the Road Scholar program. Packwood tourist information: toll free 1-800-963-7898. www.destinationpackwood.com

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, July 18 - Explore historic Longmire springs on the westside...
Explore historic Longmire springs on the westside of Mt. Rainier, Hike to several of the waterfalls in the park.

Note: Narada Falls hike is downhill on a well maintained trail.

Breakfast: Breakfast at 7:15 AM.

Morning: Sleep in for an extra hour before driving to Longmire for our waterfall hikes. Narada Falls spills over a wall of basalt into a small pool, then veils 159' in a lacy display that can stretch to a width of 75' - complete with rainbows! Shuttle one way: 4.5 miles, 2,044’ elevation loss or short hike, 3.5 miles, 1800’ elevation loss.

Lunch: Sack lunch on trail.

Afternoon: Walk Trail of Shadows and learn about the area's human history. Wander through old forests, wet meadows, and the mineral springs that Longmire became known for. 0.75 mile, 55’ elevation gain on very nice trail.

Dinner: Dinner at a restaurant

Evening: No program this evening since we drive back from the restaurant to our lodging in Packwood.

Lodging: Cowlitz River Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Motel

Description: Recently renovated motel within walking distance of stores and restaurants. Elk are frequently seen grazing around the parking lot.

Contact info:
P.O. Box 488
13069 U.S. Hwy 12
Packwood, WA 98361 USA
phone: 888-305-2185 xtollfree
web: www.destinationpackwood.com

Room amenities: Rooms have telephones, TV, air conditioning.

Facility amenities: Has laundry facilities available.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: $55-$85 + tax
Contact Cowlitz River Lodge to make your reservations. Mention you will be attending the Road Scholar program. Packwood tourist information: toll free 1-800-963-7898. www.destinationpackwood.com

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Six: Friday, July 19 - Visit the dry east side of Mt. Rainier for up clo...
Note: Hike is on a well maintained trail.

Breakfast: Breakfast at 7:15 AM.

Morning: Hike the eastside of Mt. Rainier from Sunrise to First Burroughs Mtn. Enjoy superb mountain views as you walk through some of the finest, most accessible tundra in the Cascades. 5 miles, 800 ft. elevation gain.

Lunch: Sack lunch on the trail.

Afternoon: Continue hiking Burroughs Mtn. See Emmons Glacier, largest in the contiguous United States. Optional add on hike to Second Burroughs Mtn. 1.2 miles RT and 400 ft. elevation gain.

Dinner: Provided by the local community at 6 PM .

Evening: Share stories, photos and experiences from the week during a closing program that ends by 9:00 pm.

Lodging: Cowlitz River Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Seven: Saturday, July 20 - Memories of beautiful scenery and new friends.
Note: No activity scheduled as people pack up for their departure after breakfast.

Breakfast: Breakfast will be available at 7:00 AM

Morning: Program ends at 7:30 AM with everyone checking out by 10:00 AM.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

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Included
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6 nights of accommodations
17 meals: 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners
2 Expert-led lectures
5 Field trips

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