North Cascades Hiking Adventure (WA)

Seattle, WA, USA

KS
Karina Safari
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36 reviews
Jul 20 - 24, 2022
Group size: 7 - 9
North Cascades Hiking Adventure (WA)
Seattle, WA, USA

Karina Safari
  • Email address verified
  • Facebook verified
36 reviews

$NaN
Jul 20 - 24, 2022
Group size: 7 - 9

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 old growth cedar log house that was 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 15 beautiful mountain/lodge themed accommodations to explore all the Park has to offer! (Our lodge http://northcascadesinn.com )


Trip Overview:

✈️  Arrival /Departure:  Seattle (WA)

🍭  Kids: 14+ OK with previous hiking experience

🏩  Lodging: Basic, but comfortable and clean North Cascades Inn (twin rooms with shared bathroom (Possible upgrade for couples:  ensuite queen room with private shower) 

🤗  Group size: max 9 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 21 days before departure -  registration deposit is non-refundable

- Cancellation 20 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 but available at the lodge (e.g: coffee, bagel, cream-cheese, juice) 


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
    12-seater van
  • Lodging
    Alpine lodge (basic rooms, bedding, shared bathroom)
  • Flights
    to/from Seattle
  • Meals
    Breakfasts, Lunches, Dinners in Marblemount village
  • Optional Upgrade
    Ensuite queen room with private shower
  • Optional single room
    Your own room in the lodge (TBC upon availability)
  • Hotels in Seattle
    If you arrive early of leave late from Seattle

Available options

Upgrade Ensuite w/shower (for couple))
$300
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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 hrs to our basic but comfortable lodge in the middle of the Mount Baker Wilderness and conveniently located near the western entrance to North Cascades National Park and along one of Americas most scenic roads The Cascade Loop.


We will check-in and have our first dinner together at the restaurant of our lodge. Team introduction and discussion of the plan for the following days.


Overnight in North Cascades Inn http://northcascadesinn.com/

Your Organizer


KS
Karina Safari
36 reviews
Professional adventure travel organizer and team leader since 2006. Originally from Moscow, Russia. Lived and worked as a tour guide and destination expert in South American countries (Ecuador and Colombia) in 2009-2012. Moved to the U.S. in 2012. Resident of San Francisco bay area. Founder of Safarika Adventure Club, CA since 2013 (CST # 2112795-40). Join our tribe of active travelers! Experience epic bucket list destinations and world best trails you have only dreamed of in our unbeatable team adventures to South America and beyond

Reviews

LZ
The best part of any trip is to meet new people and get to know everyone in a group. You can't find a better place to do this then gorgeous Hawaii. The food was diverse and delicious, abundance of fruit will surprise anyone. Accomodations were comfortable and spacious. I can't wait for the next adventure to meet new and old friends
By Larysa Z for Hawaii Big Island Encompassed: Best Hikes & Beaches on 12 Nov, 2021
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Another amazing trip with Safarika! My husband and I came back home rested, energized, and with new wonderful friends. Collecting our vacation time for another adventures with Safarika. Looking forward for new travels with beginner and medium level hikes.
By Olga K for Hawaii Big Island Encompassed: Best Hikes & Beaches on 09 Nov, 2021
Thank you very much Karina and Alex for fantastic views, great company and delicious food!
By Victoria M for All Shades of Fall in Colorado Hiking Trip on 14 Oct, 2021
It's my second trip with Karina. As the previous time everything was well organized: accommodations, transportation, permits, passes, dining.. All we have to care about - is to have fun! What I like the most about trips with Karina is a balance between challenging and interesting hikes - if you have to push yourself to get somewhere - be sure you'll be rewarded. Several trip highlights: - One of the most beautiful alpine lakes in Rocky Mountain NP - Sunrise hike with spectacular views over the park. Each picture taken there worth National Geographics cover - Variety of restaurants reserved ahead of time - And of course people!
By Valerii T for All Shades of Fall in Colorado Hiking Trip on 12 Oct, 2021
The trip was awesome! Thank you so much Karina and Katya for making my dream of exploring Yellowstone NP come true. Unforgettable memories, beautiful pictures, wonderful company - everything was superb. I will travel with you again and would recommend you to anyone.
By Olesia M for Best of Yellowstone and Grand Teton (Moderate Hiking/ Hotels stay) on 28 Sep, 2021
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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
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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