Meet your guides and other travelers at 9am. After initial introductions, we load up for a two-hour drive to the Longmire Visitor Center in Mount Rainier National Park. Your first hike is the Trail of the Shadows, where a historic cabin is set along a cool mountain stream. Spectacular views of ancient lava flow and Mount Rainier soon emerge, providing the perfect introduction to this amazing stratovolcano. After a day of exploration, your home-away-from-home awaits. Our REI Signature Camp hosts greets the group with fun treats and takes us on a tour of our comfortable accommodations. Our guides will also introduce the Mount Rainier Junior Ranger program. Kids will learn about the fun activities necessary to earn their Junior Ranger badge by the end of the trip! Lunch and dinner included.
Hiking: 5 miles; 1,300? elevation gain/loss; transfer 2-3 hours.
A day full of fun and adventure awaits! Before hitting the trail, kiddos will have the opportunity to belly up to a DIY trail mix bar full of everything they?ll need to keep their motors running. We?re then off to Sunrise, which at 6,400?, provides the highest point in the park that can be reached by car. With spectacular 360 degree views, Sunrise is a favored spot to kick off a day on the trail. Vibrant wildflower meadows and the sound of whistling Hoary Marmots provide the perfect backdrop for learning, exploring and having fun. Back in camp, we?ll play fun camp games and learn valuable new skills. All meals included.
Hiking: approximately 4 miles; approximately 1,000? elevation gain/loss; transfers 4 hours.
Spectacular views of the mountain and surrounding peaks and valleys await at the iconic Paradise section of the park. We?ll start out at the Jackson Visitor Center. With its great interpretive exhibits, maps and information on park and climbing history our visit will give deeper meaning to our time in the park. We?ll then spend the day exploring Paradise, where opportunities to practice newly developed plant and flower identification expertise abound. Depending on seasonal trail conditions and weather, we?ll hike one of the most spectacular trails the park has to offer. Later we?ll take a short jaunt to majestic 176-foot Narada Falls. From Narada Falls, hikers will have the option to hike a picturesque trail back to camp or hop in the van and spend a little extra time enjoying Signature Camp.
Hiking: 4-7 miles; 1,100?- 2,000? elevation gain/loss.
After our final camp breakfast we pack our bags and prepare for our last day of adventure. Our first destination is Comet Falls where churning cascades of cool water fan out resembling its celestial namesake ? a comet. After hiking, we?ll make a stop at the Longmire Visitor Center where kids can turn in their completed Junior Ranger workbooks. A Park Ranger will initiate kids into the official Mount Rainier National Park Junior Ranger program and they?ll each get a badge and certificate. After an unbeatable experience in one of our most treasured National Parks, we?ll head back to Seattle for our final farewells.
We anticipate arriving back to the Sea-Tac area around 6pm. Please note that this time may vary depending on group pace, trail conditions, traffic, weather, and other factors beyond our control. Breakfast and lunch included.
Hiking: approximately 4 miles; 1,250? elevation gain/loss; transfer 2-3 hours.