Golden Fall in the North Cascades, Hiking

Seattle, WA, USA

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Safarika Travel
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23 reviews
Sep 27 - Oct 1, 2023
Group size: 6 - 10
Golden Fall in the North Cascades, Hiking
Seattle, WA, USA

Safarika Travel
  • Facebook verified
23 reviews

$NaN
Sep 27 - Oct 1, 2023
Group size: 6 - 10

About this trip

Experience the great outdoors with this hiking trip that offers beautiful mountain views! 

There are plenty of reasons to hike in the North Cascades. It's scenic, challenging, and incredible. Plus, the state's highest peaks are in this part of the country! Pack your bag and head for a view of the Cascade Mountains —these spots offer views that can't be beat!


Bring back amazing collection of Team photo-memories of the most emotional moments of the trip captured by talented photographer and team leader Alex Mironyuk  📸  🏔 🤩


Stay at Historic 1889 log-house, a frequent watering hole for gold miners, mountain men, lumberjacks and mule trains traveling up the Skagit river into North Cascades Mountains. Today it provides beautiful mountain lodge-themed accommodations to explore all the Park has to offer!


Trip Overview:

✈️  Arrival /Departure:  Seattle (WA)

🍭  Kids: 14+ OK with previous hiking experience

🏩  Lodging: Standard hotel, comfortable and clean (twin rooms with shared bathroom), deluxe rooms with private bathrooms on request upon availability with a surchage. 

🤗  Group size: max 10 travelers

🥾 Level of difficulty:  Upper Intermediate (for individuals able to walk up to 10 mi/8hrs/day with elevation gain up to 2200-3300 feet)


Trip Cancellation Policy


Participant can cancel their trip anytime prior departure with the following penalties: 

- Cancellation 45+ days before departure - fully refundable

- Cancellation 45 to 31 days before departure -  registration deposit is non-refundable

- Cancellation 30 to 0 calendar days before departure – full trip cost is non refundable

Trip cancellation insurance is advisable; it protects all registration deposits and payments for both air and land cost.

Meals & water


On the day of arrival we will make a stop at the grocery store to buy necessary trail snacks, fruits and drinking water

Hotels rooms are always equipped with mini-fridges to keep your groceries.


Breakfasts:

Not included , bring your own coffee/buns  or dried breakfast.


Lunches:

Take your own trail snack. You can purchase it in advance and keep in a fridge available for guests in the living room public area. In addition, we would suggest taking your own dry snacks from home such as trail mix, energy bars, chocolate etc.

If itinerary and time allows, we stop by for lunch at the local cafeterias or breweries as well.


Dinners:

Available at the  restaurant of the lodge and eateries nearby in the village.  We will take care of advanced reservations for the group.


Wifi and cellphone reception

Cellphone reception is very limited or non-existent in the national parks

Wi-fi will be available in the public areas of the lodge

What to pack

Gear items:

- Suitcase OR Duffel for your MAIN luggage - PLEASE NO BULKY LUGGAGE ITEMS,  PACK COMPACT as we don’t have much room in the van trunk. Carry-on size is preferred. 

- A small backpack 28-35L for your day-hikes (it should fit the following: your water reservoir, an extra layer, your personal hiking snack,  sunblock, and your personal first aid kit)

- A rainproof cover for your day-pack

- Head lamp (it is good to have light when your hands are free always keep it in your backpack on a hiking trail)

- Trekking poles – a must have for steep downhill trails  (collapsable are better. Note: Standard hiking poles are not allowed in carry on luggage during flights, collapsable ones haven't been a problem however it depends on airline rules)

- Water bottle or camelback reservoir (1.5 to 2L)

- Small bags for your personal trash/leftovers for hiking days

- Sunblock (UV 50+)

- Lip balm (UV protection).

- Mosquito repellent (must have!)

- Your personal first aid kit (your personal medicines you can’t do without)

- Sunglasses 

Optionals:

- Ear plugs, if you are a sensitive sleeper

- Gaiters (protection for your boots and pants from mud, wet and dust) - recommended


Hiking Outfit:

- Good sturdy high-ankled and waterproof hiking boots, well-worn before the trip  (!) Please no brand new boots, try them a few times on hiking trails before the trip to avoid painful blisters while on travel

- Comfortable tennis shoes (it's good to have a change of shoes for off-trail activities)

- Hiking pants  (long pants, no shorts please)  

- Light long-sleeved loose shirt  for hiking (protection from sun, insects)

- A change of long/short-sleeved t-shirts as a base layer for hiking (preferably a quick-dry fabric, not cotton)

- A change of long -ankled hiking socks (not cotton. merino wool is the best) 

- Fleece jacket or hoodie

- A windbreaker, better if waterproof  fabric

- Rain poncho - lightweight is better, any rain-cover will work

- Sunhat 

- Optional swimming suite: if you are brave enough to swim in the mountain lakes :)

What’s included

  • All arrangements
    Itinerary, bookings and arrangements
  • Professional assistance
    Team Leader & Crew Photographer
  • Ground transportation
    7-12 seater passenger van
  • Lodging
    Standard hotel, twin beds
  • Flights
    to/from Seattle
  • Meals
    Breakfasts, Lunches, Dinners
  • Hotels in Seattle
    If you arrive early of leave late from Seattle

Itinerary

Day 1. Jul 20 (Wed)
Arrival > Drive to the North Cascades lodge

Our group is meeting at a rental car facility in the airport of Seattle at noon. Drive approx. 2.15-3 hrs to the old historic town of Winthrop. 


We will check-in and have our first dinner together at the restaurant. 

Team introduction and discussion of the plan for the following days.


Overnight in Rio Vista hotel, Winthrop

Your Organizer


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Safarika Travel
23 reviews
Safarika Adventure Club (Safarika Travel Inc.) was founded in Los Angeles (CA) in the year 2013. Legal travel provider on the territory of United States (California Seller of Travel License # 2112795-40) since 2013. Founder & CEO - Karina Safari, professional adventure travel organizer and team leader since 2011. Specialization: in small group hiking trips in South America and beyond, as well as private eco-adventures for families.

Reviews

Amazing trip. Incredible views of winter Canada wonders and great company.
By Vladimir L for Canada Winter Wonderland Snowshoe Adventure on 30 Jan, 2023
DG
Amazing experience, great team, and incredible guide! Everything went smooth and super well-organized. The itinerary was thoughtful and accommodations cozy. The organizers' guidance of what to pack to feel warm and comfortable was spot on. Very unusual to see and experience beautiful hiking trails and their surroundings covered in ice and snow, much less crowded too. Frozen waterfalls were absolutely magical! Would definitely recommend this trip to anyone not afraid of a bit of cold.
By Denis G for Canada Winter Wonderland Snowshoe Adventure on 30 Jan, 2023
Dreams come true! It was a Wonderland indeed, a frozen fairytale- thank you Sasha and Karina for organizing and taking care of us. Thank you guys for a great company! See you soon
By Maia V for Canada Winter Wonderland Snowshoe Adventure on 28 Jan, 2023
Great guide, wonderful choice of hikes, we enjoyed it a lot
By Aleksey S for North Cascades Hiking Adventure (WA) on 27 Jul, 2022
GL
It was an amazing trip; actually 3 trips in one (Ecuador highlands, Amazon rainforest, Galapagos islands). Perfect organization throughput: transportation, local guides, high-end lodging and restaurants. Karina stayed in close contact throughout the trip and made sure here were no hiccups. Thank you a ton, Karina!
By Grigory L for Best hits of Ecuador: Avenue of Volcanoes, Amazon & Galapagos on 24 Jul, 2022
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YM
One of the best trips I've done! I am mainly either a solo traveler or prefer to go with my family But 4 days hiking trip to Montana Glacier NP has changed my preferences :) Thank you very much, it's been a pleasure and FUN Met so many interesting intelligent people, would highly recommend if you enjoy active vacations
By Yelena M on 10 Sep, 2020
GL
I traveled with Karina to Patagonia in 2020 and it was awesome! Perfect planning & organization throughout the trip, including dealing with the unexpected (e.g. lost luggage). I really liked other folks in the group and made several new friends in this trip. I highly recommend Karina's trips to casual and semi-serious hikers, and plan to be a return customer myself.
By Grigory L on 14 Mar, 2020
Thank you, Karina, for a wonderful first time experience of active adventure trip! Everything is well thought and organized. Would recommend to anyone!
By Aizhan T on 20 Jun, 2019