16296
Washington
Two Island Trek: Great Coastal Hikes in the San Juan Islands
Enjoy coastal and forest hikes, explore unique ecosystems while learning about conservation efforts and wildlife preservation efforts on two of the San Juan Islands.
Program No. 16296RJ
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6 nights
16 meals
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DAY
1
Welcome and Orientation
Seattle
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Hilton Garden Inn Seattle/Renton

Afternoon: Your Road Scholar program will begin with an orientation at 5:00 pm in hotel conference room.

Dinner: Catered Welcome Dinner in Conference Dining Room. Tonight's dinner will be Turkey, Ham, mashed baby reds, stuffing, seasonal vegetables, mixed green salad with assorted dressings, and dinner rolls. Chef’s choice of dessert.

Evening: Welcome and get acquainted program following dinner.

DAY
2
Deception Pass Gorge on Fidalgo Island Hike / Ferry to San Juan Island
Friday Harbor, San Juan Island
B,L,D
Earthbox Inn & Spa

Activity note: Day 2 Hike Description: One route, approximately 2.6 mile loop. Terrain: rolling terrain; dirt paths, gravel in some areas; uneven in some areas with possibility of exposed rocks or tree roots on trail.

Breakfast: Extensive breakfast buffet served in hotel Breakfast Room featuring, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, waffles, a variety of fresh fruit, yogurt, oatmeal, cereal, breakfast breads/toast, juices and coffee.

Morning: We'll travel by motor coach to Fidalgo Island for a mid-morning hike before boarding the ferry to Friday Harbor (San Juan Island). Deception Pass is a dramatic seascape where the tidal flow and whirlpools beneath the twin bridges connecting Fidalgo Island to Whidbey island move quickly. We'll hike beaches, forested bluffs and rocky headlands that offer picturesque vistas of the area and opportunities to spot wildlife.

Lunch: We'll enjoy a picnic lunch at Deception Pass.

Afternoon: We'll board the WA State ferry in Anacortes, WA - on our way to Friday Harbor. Enjoy the view from the inside passenger cabins or from the outside decks as we take our 1.5 hour journey through the archipelago to Friday Harbor, designated as a National Scenic Byway.

Dinner: Our dinners are served buffet style so that you choose what works for you. Tonight’s dinner features NW green salad, home-made lasagna (choose from meat or veggie lasagna), and garlic bread – topped off with coffee, tea, iced tea, water and dessert of the day.

Evening: Enjoy a presentation "Views from the Islands" to discover an insider's perspective on contemporary life in the islands as will as issues affecting the Island and its residents.

DAY
3
Wildlife of the San Juan Islands / San Juan Island Hiking: American Camp and Mt. Finlayson
Friday Harbor, San Juan Island
B,L,D
Earthbox Inn & Spa

Activity note: Day 3 Hike Description: Four segments routes. All routes = approx 4.1 miles total. Ample opportunities to shorten or self select out of routes based on individual preference. Terrain: Well maintained trail in most places, some gravel beach, watch for erosion on trails close to cliff edge. Rocky shoreline and upland trails have several short modest elevation gains, including one section with elevation gain of approx 300’.

Breakfast: Continental Breakfast Buffet: featuring a variety of fresh fruits, assorted hot/cold cereals, assorted breakfast breads (toast, English muffin, bagel, etc.), cottage cheese, boiled eggs, coffee, tea, juice.

Morning: Orientation to hikes and route descriptions, followed by a presentation about wildlife of the San Juan Islands as presented by a wildlife rehabilitation expert. Late morning head out to the trail! Up to four hiking route options with varying distance and challenge available.

Lunch: Since we’ll be out exploring, we’ll enjoy a picnic/bag lunch today. Our caterer will provide whole fresh fruit, chips, bottled water, and a chef’s choice fresh bakery treat for everyone. Each member of the group will build their own sandwich to their liking – choosing from an assortment of meats, cheese, breads, and condiments / accoutrements.

Afternoon: San Juan Island hiking continues. Hike the coastal prairie and bluffs in the San Juan Island National Historic Park at American Camp, featuring views of the Haro Strait, the Strait of Juan de Fuca, the Olympic Mountains, and Vancouver Island. Late afternoon return to hotel.

Dinner: Our dinners are served buffet style so that you choose what works for you. Tonight's dinner features NW green salad, prawns, and scallops (in sun-dried tomato pesto), penne pasta and steamed veggies - topped off with coffee, tea, iced tea, water, and dessert of the day.

Evening: Presentation: "Geology of the San Juans" discusses the formation of the islands and terrain of the islands and surrounding region.

DAY
4
Orcas Island Hiking: Moran State Park
Friday Harbor, San Juan Island
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Earthbox Inn & Spa

Activity note: Day 4 Hike Descriptions: Morning hike is Moran State Park/Mountain Lake Loop. This route circumnavigates Mountain Lake and is approx 4.1 miles of woodland trail, with root and rock outcroppings. At 920’ elevation, this lake hike has a definite “mountain” feel. After completing the loop, van to the summit (Elev. 2409’) for a spectacular views of the entire archipelago. Afternoon hike: Little Summit trail. Trail is 2.2 miles with approx 390’ gradual decline elevation from Mt. Constitution.

Breakfast: Breakfast is early on this day so that we may catch the inter-island ferry. Continental Breakfast Buffet: featuring a variety of fresh fruits, assorted hot/cold cereals, assorted breakfast breads (toast, English muffin, bagel, etc.), cottage cheese, boiled eggs, coffee, tea, juice.

Morning: We'll board the ferry for a 40 minute ride to neighboring Orcas Island. On Orcas Island, hike the old growth forest and mountain lake trails of Moran State Park's Mountain Lake Loop. Van to the summit to savor incredible marine views of the San Juan and Canadian Gulf Islands from Mt. Constitution.

Lunch: Since we’ll be out exploring, we’ll enjoy a picnic/bag lunch today. Our caterer will provide whole fresh fruit, chips, bottled water, and a chef’s choice fresh bakery treat for everyone. Each member of the group will build their own sandwich to their liking – choosing from an assortment of meats, cheese, breads, and condiments / accoutrements.

Afternoon: Hikes continue on Orcas Island. Little Summit trail, which is approx 2.2 miles with approx 390’ gradual decline elevation from Mt. Constitution. Late afternoon ferry trip returns to San Juan Island Hotel.

Dinner: Dinner out on own in Friday Harbor to explore wonderful local fare!

Evening: Free evening to savor a leisurely dinner and Friday Harbor ambience.

DAY
5
San Juan Island Hiking: British Camp, Mt. Young, Roche Harbor
Friday Harbor, San Juan Island
B,L,D
Earthbox Inn & Spa

Activity note: Day 5 Hike Description: Morning has 2 possible hiking routes - Up Mt Young and over to British Camp or Bell Point Loop. Van to Roche Harbor area, Afternoon: 2 options: walk at the Westcott Bay Sculpture Park or hike to Mausoleum . Length: Mt. Young approx 3.8 miles total (elevation gain of 650 ft); Bell Point approx 1 mile; Sculpture Park ½ mile; Mausoleum approx 1.5 miles. Terrain: Logging road and well maintained trail, some tree roots and minor rocky footing in sections.

Breakfast: Continental Breakfast Buffet: featuring a variety of fresh fruits, assorted hot/cold cereals, assorted breakfast breads (toast, English muffin, bagel, etc.), cottage cheese, boiled eggs, coffee, tea, juice.

Morning: San Juan Island Hiking: Today's highlights include San Juan Island National Park at English Camp on the shores of Garrison Bay. Climb Mount Young for views of surrounding islands. Easier morning route around Bell Point Loop on the shores of serene Garrison Bay.

Lunch: Since we’ll be out exploring, we’ll enjoy a picnic/bag lunch today. Our caterer will provide whole fresh fruit, chips, bottled water, and a chef’s choice fresh bakery treat for everyone. Each member of the group will build their own sandwich to their liking – choosing from an assortment of meats, cheese, breads, and condiments / accoutrements.

Afternoon: In the afternoon, van to historic Roche Harbor Village on the Islands NW corner. In Roche Harbor, stroll through an outdoor sculpture park or take a short hike to the Mausoleum (an architectural delight and family crypt for the John McMillan family). Late afternoon return to hotel, and then we'll explore the Whale Museum . At the Whale Museum, you'll find a fascinating collection of exhibits, artwork, models, and artifacts displayed to promote stewardship of whales and the Salish Sea ecosystem.

Dinner: Our dinners are served buffet style so that you choose what works for you. Tonight’s dinner features NW green salad, grilled chicken, steamed veggies, and red potatoes or rice – topped off with coffee, tea, iced tea, water and dessert of the day.

Evening: Evening presentation from San Juan Island Preservation Trust lends insight to preserving the Island's most precious resource-undeveloped land!

DAY
6
San Juan Island Coastal Hike / Afternoon Free Time / Departure Details
Friday Harbor, San Juan Island
B,L,D
Earthbox Inn & Spa

Activity note: Day 6 Hike Description: This route begins at Jackal's Lagoon parking area (no services) and features the Griffin Bay coastline of San Juan Island National Park/American Camp as it rambles beneath the Cedar and Fir canopy past lagoons and estuaries to the Cattle Point Lighthouse concluding at the Cattle Point interpretive area (pit toilets). Length: Approx 2.7 miles. Terrain: Gently rolling terrain at sea level. Old logging roads or good dirt paths throughout.

Breakfast: Continental Breakfast Buffet: featuring a variety of fresh fruits, assorted hot/cold cereals, assorted breakfast breads (toast, English muffin, bagel, etc.), cottage cheese, boiled eggs, coffee, tea, juice.

Morning: Focus on creatures of land and sky and learn about wildlife of the San Juan Islands as presented by a wildlife rehabilitation expert. Late morning depart for San Juan Island Hiking. Today's route features the grassy shorelines and beaches near Cattle Point Lighthouse at the islands southern tip; and San Juan Island national park's Griffin Bay area with its pristine lagoons and estuaries.

Lunch: Since we’ll be out exploring, we’ll enjoy a picnic/bag lunch today. Our caterer will provide whole fresh fruit, chips, bottled water, and a chef’s choice fresh bakery treat for everyone. Each member of the group will build their own sandwich to their liking – choosing from an assortment of meats, cheese, breads, and condiments / accoutrements.

Afternoon: Explore Cattle Point Lighthouse and Interpretive area. Return to hotel mid-afternoon to enjoy free-time to relax or explore on-own in Friday Harbor.

Dinner: Our dinners are served buffet style so that you choose what works for you. Tonight’s dinner features NW green salad, baked salmon/fish (as locally available by season), rice , and steamed veggies– topped off with coffee, tea, iced tea, water and dessert of the day.

Evening: Special farewell program features local musician. Sit back, relax, and enjoy!

DAY
7
Departure Day
Friday Harbor, San Juan Island
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Breakfast: Continental Breakfast Buffet served by our private caterer in Conference Dining Room featuring: a variety of fresh fruits, assorted hot/cold cereals, assorted breakfast breads (toast, English muffin, bagel, etc) cottage cheese, boiled eggs, coffee, tea, juice. Breakfast is early on this day so that we may catch the ferry.

Morning: Depart Friday Harbor, San Juan Island via the Washington State ferry and chartered motor coach. Program concludes in Seattle with drop off at SeaTac International airport(approximately 12:30pm) or the Hilton Garden Inn Seattle/Renton (approximately 1:00) on final day of the program. We recommend scheduling outbound flights after 2:30 pm.