The Pacific Northwest in Washington State is rich with natural wonders. Explore the astonishing diversity of the region in world-renowned sites, including Olympic National Park, The North Cascades, and Mount Rainier. From volcanoes and glaciers to rainforests and sandy beaches, the Pacific Northwest is a dream for outdoor adventurers.
Wildland Trekking offers four distinct trip types to make sure you can find the perfect adventure to suit your needs and style. Get a quick introduction to the splendor of the region with our single day-hikes, or dive into the wilderness during a multi-day backpacking trip. If you prefer a bed at night, our inn-based trips are just for you. Or you can opt for a multi-day basecamp trip punctuated by day-hikes to some of the most famous viewpoints in the region.
When to Go
From snow-covered mountains to rugged coastline, the Pacific Northwest has a diverse climate with four very distinct seasons. While it’s a beautiful region to visit all year round, many of the activities are seasonal, so you must plan your visit accordingly.
June to August: The weather is sunny and warm, and the daytime temperature usually sits around 70-degrees Fahrenheit. It’s the perfect time to go hiking, cycling, and boating. At this time of year, there will be more tours and activities running. You can, therefore, expect crowds at the major attractions, especially on weekends and during special events.
If you’re planning to go at this time, make sure you book your accommodation and activities well ahead as they tend to fill up quickly.
November-May: This is winter sports high season. It’s the perfect time to hit the slopes. Deep, powdery, snow covers the mountains from late fall to spring, making them ideal for skiing and snowboarding.
April to May / September to October: During spring and fall, the weather is pleasant. Apart from the occasional rain shower, the days are generally mild, and the temperature sits around 60-degrees Fahrenheit. This season is a great time to trek through the Pacific Northwest’s natural beauty as crowds dwindle and foliage changes.
November to March: It tends to be cold and damp at this time of year. The temperature rarely rises above 50 degrees, and it gets even colder further inland. If you’re not a fan of winter sports, this is not a good time for outdoor activities in the Pacific Northwest. Many of the region’s best hiking trails are closed over this winter period.
That said, you can find some great flight and accommodation deals at this time of year.
Explore the pristine wilderness of North Cascades and Olympic National Parks with our backpacking trips. You’ll have the opportunity to see raging waterfalls, breathtaking mountains, wildlife, glaciers, lakes and rivers, old-growth forests, and dramatic coastlines as you explore the very best hiking destinations the Pacific Northwest has to offer. These destinations include the famous Hoh Rainforest, Desolation Peak, the Olympic Coastline, amongst many more!
Pacific Northwest backpacking trips last between 3 and 6 days.
Guided Day Hikes
The Pacific Northwest is bursting with superb day-hiking opportunities, and our hikes have been hand-picked to show you the very best the region has to offer. With swirling river rapids, beautiful alpine meadows, and stunning old-growth forest teeming with life, your only problem is deciding what to see! All our day hikes are private to ensure you have a personal experience with the wilderness, and your guide will prepare a delicious lunch midway through your hike.
Experience the jewels of the Pacific Northwest in comfort. Our incredible day-hikes allow you to challenge yourself as you tackle the rough terrain of Olympic National Park and Mount Rainier while returning to a hot shower and comfortable bed every night. We’ll tackle every environment the region has to offer as we hike along alpine ridges, glacial lakes, dramatic coastlines, and wildflower-filled meadows. If camping isn’t your style, these inn-based tours are for you! Rest and recover in beautiful historical lodges as you go through your epic pictures from that day’s adventure.
Inn-based tours last between 3 and 6 days.
Circumnavigate the Olympic Peninsula and experience the breathtaking beauty of Mount Rainier on a basecamp tour. You’ll explore rugged coastline along with rainforests and mountain ranges, not to mention one of the highest peaks in America. We’ll return to a comfortable campsite every night for a gourmet meal, a bonfire if conditions permit, and sweet dreams in our already set up tents.
Basecamp tours last for 6 days.
Need to Know
We have several pieces of advice to make sure planning your Pacific Northwest hiking experience is as easy and clear as possible.
Primary Departure City For the Pacific Northwest
All Pacific Northwest trips to Olympic National Park and Mount Rainier depart from Olympia, whereas your North Cascades adventures will originate near Sea-Tac airport outside of Seattle. You’ll be picked up at your hotel in the departure city on the first morning of your trek and returned there afterward. Both Seattle and Olympia are accessible by shuttle from the international airport. Rental vehicles are also available from the airport.
Due to the harsh Pacific Northwest winters, we only run treks through the summer months. Make sure you book your trip with this in mind and plan your travel accordingly! We also recommend reserving your spot as early as possible as we arrange permits and guides very early in the season.
Remember, confirm your booking with us first, then move on to planning the rest of your travels.
Shuttles and rental vehicles are both available from the Sea-Tec International Airport. Olympia, your departure city for Olympic and Mount Rainier National Park trips, is only about 1.5 hours from the airport. Most guests, therefore, make use of the Capitol Aeroporter shuttle service. Visit our travel resources page and scroll down to Washington for more information.
Your pre-trip meeting will be held at the Hotel RL in Olympia for Mount Rainier and Olympic National Park trips. We recommend you stay here at a discounted rate, or at the Governor Hotel – with a 20% discount. Don’t worry; we can pick you up from the Governor Hotel for the pre-trip meeting and trip departure.
North Cascades trips will meet at a hotel near Sea-Tac international airport. Your guide will be in contact well ahead of time to set the meeting place and time.
Whether it’s the notoriously fickle Pacific Northwest weather or the equally notorious Seattle traffic, there are plenty of unpredictable circumstances that could impact our schedule. We, therefore, highly recommend you plan your travel itinerary accordingly and give yourself a little wiggle room. Consider booking flights or other travel with at least one buffer day for the scheduled start and finish for your trip. Rest assured, our guides will always do their utmost to stay on schedule!
Congratulations hiking friends. You have all the information you need to book an incredible Pacific Northwest hiking experience. Pick your trip style, settle on a destination, reserve your spot, and let’s get out on the trail!
Have more questions? Send us an email or call us at 800-715-HIKE (4453). We’re here 7 days a week from 9:00 to 4:30 Mountain Time to make sure your trip planning goes as smoothly as possible.
For more information about all your options, check out our Pacific Northwest page on the website with the button below! Individual trip pages have detailed itineraries, trip specifics, travel information, and more.