Kayak around beautiful Henry Island
We meet this morning in beautiful Friday Harbor on San Juan Island. After a 20-minute van ride to historic Roche Harbor, our guides conduct a kayaking orientation and safety briefing before we hop into our boats. We’re then off on a spectacular circumnavigation of nearby Henry Island, which sits off the northwest edge of San Juan Island. Close enough to be beginner-friendly, but remote enough to offer an intimate look at the quiet corners of the archipelago, Henry Island is the perfect intro to our time in the San Juans. Along the way we keep an eye out for the countless species that call this area home, including whales, porpoise, seals, sea otters, bald eagles and more. Along the way we keep an eye out for the countless species that call this area home, including whales, porpoise, seals, sea otters, bald eagles and more. We wrap up our first day with a welcome dinner at a local restaurant. Lunch and dinner included.
Sea kayaking: 7–8 miles (6–7 hours)
Explore English Camp and embark on a world-class wildlife cruise
This morning we hike through the historic outpost of the Royal British Marines: English Camp. We hike a loop trail that features some of the most important points within the camp as well as some incredible views along the water. Later this afternoon we hop aboard a wildlife watching vessel for a world-class tour of the waters surrounding San Juan Island. Famous residents of this rich habitat include whales (orca, minke and humpback), harbor porpoise and Pacific harbor seals. While wildlife sightings are never predictable or guaranteed, with patience and the guidance of our onboard experts, we spend the next 3–4 hours with cameras at the ready for a lucky shot. Should time allow we’ll round out our day with a hike to Cattle Point lighthouse, which offers amazing views across the Salish Sea. Dinner will be prepared by our guides, featuring local seafood and a gin tasting from a nearby distillery. All meals included.
Hiking: 1.7–2.7 miles, Elevation gain/loss: +50–75' / -50–75'; Wildlife watching cruise: 3–4 hours
Enjoy incredible views from Iceberg Point and Point Colville on Lopez Island
This morning we pack up and depart our San Juan Island accommodations in anticipation of the next leg of our island-hopping journey. First up, we head to charming Lopez Island where we hike to Iceberg Point. Sitting on the far southwest corner of Lopez Island, Iceberg Point offers sweeping views across the Salish Sea to the Olympic Mountains. Here we enjoy a delightful picnic lunch before starting our next hike: to Point Colville on the southeast corner of the island. This delightful loop trail meanders through forest before reaching craggy bluffs with panoramic views across the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Once we’ve wrapped up our day of hiking, we spend some time exploring tiny Lopez Village before hopping on the interisland ferry to Orcas Island. Our home for the next two nights is the historic Rosario Resort. All meals included.
Hiking: 5.2 miles, Elevation gain: +491’
Hike to the top of Mount Constitution, the highest point in the San Juan Islands
After a hearty breakfast we’re off to ascend Mount Constitution! A must-do for locals and visitors alike, Mount Constitution is the highest point in the San Juan Islands. At its peak, visitors have the option to climb a stone tower built by the Civilian Conservation Corp in 1930s. On a clear day, views from the top of the Mount Constitution watchtower extend 360°, across the archipelago and beyond. After a full day on the trail we head back to Rosario where we have time to relax before celebrating our last dinner together as a group. All meals included.
Hiking: 6.7 miles, Elevation gain: + 1,500'
Enjoy the spray of tumbling waterfalls and the cool of lush green forests
This morning we bid beautiful Rosario farewell before hitting the trail for our last hike on Orcas Island. Our destination is Cascade Falls, which at 40 feet is the tallest waterfall on the San Juan Islands. And while Cascade Falls is reward enough, our route there winds through a lush, green, quintessential Pacific Northwest landscape. Hidden waterfalls and trickling creeks dot a forest filled with towering trees and bright-green ferns. We wrap up our hike with a delicious lakeside picnic lunch, where we reflect on our time together in the beautiful San Juans. From there we head back to Eastsound and the Orcas Ferry Terminal, where we say our final goodbyes. Breakfast and lunch included.
Hiking: 3.5 miles, Elevation gain: +200'