7 Day North Cascades Backpacking

7 Day North Cascades National Park Loop

“North American Alps”

Enjoy Back Country Wonder and Front Country Bliss!

Come enjoy the Cascadian Series with KAF Adventures and Evergreen Escapes.

From the glaciers, peaks and wildlife of the North Cascades National Park, to the breathtaking beauty of the islands, farms and marine life of the Salish Sea, experience the wonder and amazement of this unique part of the world with KAF Adventures and Evergreen Escapes.

KAF 7 day North Cascades Backpack

During this all-inclusive adventure, you will enjoy the perfect mix of luxury and ruggedness.

One of the only trips of its kind in the Cascadia, you will experience the backcountry wonder of the North Cascades National Park, along with the front country pleasures of authentic and refined lodging, fine spirits and foods traditional to the area, and shops and stops that encompass the culture of the heart of the Cascades.

We’ve partnered with Evergreen Escapes on the Cascadian Series of adventures.  This allows us to showcase our acclaimed front country touring experiences with exclusive access to the rarely visited backcountry of the North Cascades National Park that few ever see. Evergreen Escape Naturalist Guides will combine their expert natural history knowledge with unique lodging experiences, gourmet fare with a regional flair and local brew and wines both before and after your journey through the majesty and wonder of the North Cascades.  On the trail, you will be led by one of KAF’s professional mountain guide through the famous “Cascade Pass” route from Sahale Peak to Stehekin.  This carefully crafted this trip, offering both cultural and wilderness enrichment, is a journey that you will remember for decades.

Our 7 Day North Cascades Backpacking Trip is open to all abilities. Beginners are welcome.

Let the journey begin!

This exciting trip begins at Seattle’s REI flag ship store. The biggest outdoor retailer on the west coast, REI will be the place we perform our gear check for the backpacking section of the tour. After a few hours, we will find ourselves driving towards the foothills of the Cascades for an evening at a quaint little Bed and Breakfast, the River Rock Inn. Here you will enjoy a nice dinner and a cozy stay.

The backcountry portion begins the next morning as we head toward the heart of the North Cascades National Park and Cascade Pass. For the next 4 days and 3 nights, you will:

·  Backpack through towering old growth rain forests

·  Learn technical backpacking skills, ecology of the Pacific Northwest, and environmental ethics (LNT)

·  Backpack 6 to 10 miles per day on moderate terrain over the Cascade Highway and into the Stehekin drainage

·  Learn camping and navigation skill; how to travel and camp in the backcountry

·  Learn ecology through experience, walk through a landscape of moss covered trees and large ferns to stunning waterfalls hidden in the mountainside

·  Camp at the base of one of the most photographed peak in the USA, Sahale peak

·  Enjoy stunning views of terrain stunted by water and ice. If the season is right, we will be admiring the brilliant wildflowers that throng the high alpine meadows

This fantastic adventure into the wilderness ends in the magnificent Stehekin Valley and the deep and gorgeous Stehekin lake.

This experience is unmatched, and not to be missed! Join us today and learn backpacking skills with the best backpacking guides in the NW, KAF Adventures!

Escape Snapshot:
DAY 1 – (MT, L, AT, D)
• Sleep: The River Rock Inn
• Escape Plan:
o Depart Seattle at 3pm -
o Welcome Reception and dinner at The River Rock Inn

DAY 2 – Backcountry wonder and backpacking experience (MT, L, AT, D)
• Sleep: Camping Sahale Arm
• Escape Plan:
o Alpine Meadow hiking & mountain backpacking
o Travel and camp on the Sahale Arm

DAY 3 Backcountry Wonder and backpacking experience (B, L, D)
• Sleep: Stehekin Drainage
• Escape Plan:
o Alpine Meadows and downhill backpacking
o 6 – 10 miles towards Stehekin Valley

DAY 4 – Finish Backcountry Wonder and backpacking experience (B, L, D)
• Sleep: Stehekin Valley Ranch
• Escape Plan:
o Downhill valley mountain backpacking
o Hike to Stehekin Lake and the Stehekin Valley

DAY 5 – Front Country Bliss (B, L, D)
• Sleep: Rolling Huts
• Escape Plan:
o Ride the Lady of the Lake Ferry on Stehekin Lake
o Wine taste in the beautiful town of Chelan
o Visit the old western town of Winthrop

DAY 6 – Front Country Bliss (B, L, D)
Sleep: Langley Inn
• Escape Plan:

o Mazama Country Store
o Visit the North Cascades National Park
Enjoy the Island of Whidbey and Deception Pass State Park
Celebratory Dinner with acclaimed Chef Matt Costello at the Inn at Langley

DAY 7  – Front Country Bliss (B)
Ferry ride to Seattle

Take a look at all the great amenities included:

Downtown Seattle Hotel pick up and drop off, highly qualified naturalist backcountry guide, travel in adventure-outfitted Mercedes Van or Jeep, northwest “On Safari” lunches, select gourmet fare with regional flair, scrumptious morning tea with pastries, afternoon tea, select Washington wine, local fresh fruit, refreshments, overnight accommodations, all entry fees and comprehensive naturalist commentary.

Details:

Tour Length: 7 Days / 6 Nights
Pick up: Downtown Seattle Hotels
Depart: 1:00p – Day 1
Drop off: 12:00n – Day 7

Activities: Hiking, backpacking, nature walks, interpretive beach walks, waterfall viewing, marine &
wildlife spotting, birding, ecological & geological sightseeing with naturalist interpretation

Interests: Forest ecology, backpacking, rainforests, geology, marine biology, native culture, waterfalls, sustainability,
botany, natural & local history

Meal Key: B – Breakfast / MT – Morning Tea / L – Lunch / AT – Afternoon Tea / D – Dinner

Minimum escapists to operate adventure: (6) 

**This tour can be customized as a private experience or corporate retreat, call or email for a quote.

And if you’re interested in more guided backpacking trips with, take a look at our other adventures in this series:

CASCADIAN SERIES: Back Country Wonder, Front Country Bliss

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Thank you for exploring the North Cascade Loop with KAF Adventures and Evergreen Escapes!

And if you’re interested in more guided backpacking trips with KAF, take a look at our 6 Day Olympic Backpacking Trip! 


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