23289
Washington

Choose Your Pace: Hiking in the Olympic Mountains & Mount Rainier

Learn about the explosive history of Mt. Rainier volcano and study the biodiversity of Olympic National Park’s rainforests as you hike through diverse natural settings in Washington.
Rating (4.13)
Program No. 23289RJ
Length
8 days
Starts at
2,999

At a Glance

The splendor of nature beckons you to Washington State’s Olympic Peninsula, a vast and pristine area of rainforests, mountains and rivers. Experience the crash of Pacific surf at Ruby Beach, stroll a fragrant trail along Lake Crescent and marvel at the greenest place you’ll ever see: the Hoh Rainforest. Study the ecology of this biodiverse ecosystem as you hike through old-growth forests and along deep blue mountain lakes with experienced local naturalists. Then we'll visit the iconic Mount Rainier National Park.This bubbling stratovolcano now lies dormant, but its activity is closely monitored. Trace over 500,000 years of geological history of one of the U.S.’s highest peaks as you hike through the dense forests and flower-filled meadows along the volcano’s foothills. Choose your desired pace and distance each day as you accompany naturalists on hikes through rain forests, cedar forests and canyons to waterfalls, glacial lakes and more.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • From your home base at two beautiful National Park lodges, set out on daily hikes through places as diverse as the lush Hoh Rain Forest and the rocky Box Canyon.
  • Talk with park rangers in Olympic and Mount Rainier National Parks to learn about natural history, ecological issues and more.
  • Meet a native cultural interpreter to discuss native history in the area, including land rights, fishing and cultural practices.
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