Where Will This Summer Take You?: Backpacking in the Pacific Northwest!

Where will this summer take you? Perhaps you’ll find yourself backpacking on the pristine trails of North Cascades National Park, taking in the incredible panoramic views that unfold before you. Please enjoy the fourth edition of our series highlighting this summer’s teen adventure trips: Northwest Explorer!

Teens back country hiking and camping in the pacific northwest on a teen summer adventure
One of our NWX groups making their way through the backcountry!

This program is perfect for:

  • Students interested in the grandeur of the pacific northwest and its stunning national parks: you’ll explore both the North Cascades and the Olympics!
  • Students looking for a longer hiking trip without traveling internationally (NWX is three weeks long);
  • Students who love the serenity to be found in backcountry living;
  • Alumni who loved our Maine’s Downeast ExplorerIceland Mountains & CoastGolden State Adventure or Alaska Mountains & Coast programs and are looking for the next step;
  • Alumni of Apogee hiking programs who love the Apogee community and traditions and are looking to expand on their backcountry skills or try a longer trip.
teens kayaking on teen summer adventure backcountry hiking trip summer 2024
Kayaking around the beautiful San Juan Islands is a trip highlight!

Fast, Fun Facts about NWX:

  • Become one with the wilderness: Of all of our programs, NWX features the most time spent in the backcountry – with two nights in the Olympics, five nights in the North Cascades, and two nights in the San Juan Islands, you’ll have ample opportunity to experience the incredible peacefulness and group bonding time that comes with being in the backcountry.
  • It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a bald eagle!: You’ll spend a few days kayaking around the beautiful San Juan Islands in Puget Sound, surrounded by abundant wildlife and marine life. Together your group can keep an eye out for eagles, seals, red foxes, orcas, and more!
  • Can you really fit all of this into one trip? It’s hard to believe, but over twenty days, you’ll hike in the Olympics and North Cascades National Parks, raft the Sauk river, and kayak in the San Juan Islands. The Pacific Northwest is a hub for all sorts of incredible outdoor activities and we want you to experience it all!
  • Explore a historic public market: You’ll spend a day at the end of your trip exploring Seattle, experiencing world-famous Pike Place Market, and enjoying a celebratory dinner with your new friends.
teen adventure trip backpacking in the pacific northwest celebrating summit of mountain summer 2024 hiking trip
Celebrating and bonding as a group at the summit!

Have other questions? Call us at 207-725-7025 or email the NWX trip specialist, Megan Iverson, at megan@apogeeadventures.com