Off The Beaten Path : Group Guided Journey : Itinerary

Hiking, biking, and sea kayaking in Washington's San Juan Islands


2012 DEPARTURES

7/15-7/21, 7/22-7/28, 9/23-9/29, 9/30-10/6

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Trip Length 7 days/6 nights
Group Size 4-16
Arrive/Depart Seattle, Washington
Price From $3,195 to $3,495
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Trip Motif Wildlife Natural History San Juan Islands Adventure Itinerary And Map : Itinerary & Map


Territory Map

Day 1 (San Juan Island) The guide picks you up this morning for the 1.5-hour drive to Anacortes, where the group catches the ferry to Friday Harbor on San Juan Island. After the ferry lands, we’ll have a great afternoon hike in a national historic park to begin our San Juans discovery. Dinner tonight is in the delightful town of Friday Harbor, where we’re staying the next two nights.
Day 7 (Seattle for departures home) After breakfast we hop the ferry to Anacortes and then drive back to Seattle to catch connections home. Plan your flights to depart in the early to mid-afternoon.
Day 2 (San Juan Island ) We get our bikes this morning and peddle a country road south to the San Juan Island National Historical Park. As the day unfolds, we’ll stop for hiking and exploring, and to enjoy a picnic lunch. San Juan Island is a top-notch cycling destination, with rolling terrain through pastoral farmland and dense forests, breaking out into panoramic marine views backed by snow-capped mountains.
Day 3 (In the islands) This morning our kayaking guides supervise the packing of boats. All camping and kayaking gear is provided (including waterproof pants and top and a dry bag). Setting out from the shoreline, we practice our paddling techniques as we cross the channel to some outlying islands. With all the wildlife in these waters, we have good chances of up-close encounters with harbor seals, porpoises, otters, and even potentially Orcas. Later this afternoon we paddle to our island base, where we set up camp and settle in.
Day 4 (In the islands) We enjoy a full day of sea-kayaking and exploring today, hoping for some memorable up-close encounters with marine mammals. In any case, we’ll have the seal’s eye view of these beautiful waters. Our guides are highly skilled kayakers and excellent naturalists, so they fill us in as we cross the channels between islands, paddle through Orca territory, and meander along island shorelines. Back in camp we can relax and look forward to another delicious, fresh supper and some fantastic star gazing.
Day 5 (Orcas Island ) Now that we are all expert paddlers, we get one more full morning to enjoy ourselves on the water with the “other” marine mammals! We work our way back to San Juan Island in time to catch the ferry to Orcas Island for the last leg of our adventure. After a couple of nights camping, you’ll especially enjoy the luxury and hot running water of the fabulous, historical, waterfront resort where you spend the next two nights.
Day 6 (Orcas Island ) A full day of hiking gives us great perspective on this largest island in the San Juan archipelago. Our best hiking options center on Moran State Park and 2,409-foot Mount Constitution. A clear day on the peak offers a panoramic view of Mount Rainier, Mount Baker, the Cascade Mountains, and the Olympic Mountains. We’ll have lunch on the trail. A fun farewell dinner gives us a chance to reminisce and toast this great island adventure.