Pacific Northwest Backpacking Adventure

Pacific Northwest Backpacking Adventure


  • Designed for the 14- and 15-year-old wanting to learn backcountry skills
  • Hike approximately 45 miles at elevations between 2,000 and 8,000 feet
  • See moose, elk, deer, black bear, cougar, lynx, and mountain goats
  • Learn backcountry baking skills, creating fresh bread, cinnamon rolls, and much more
This course is a 14-day expedition specifically designed for young people wanting to learn backcountry skills and explore the natural world.

With your experienced NOLS instructors, you will explore the Pasayten Wilderness or Olympic National Park, backpacking through some of the Pacific Northwest's most pristine wild lands. These wilderness classrooms provide an ideal setting to challenge yourself and build your leadership abilities.

You'll work hard traveling over varied terrain and be rewarded with views of towering peaks, clear alpine lakes, and dense old-growth forests.

You'll sleep under the stars, learn to cook with flair on a camp stove, and make lifelong friends with fellow coursemates.

When you return home, you'll have the skills needed to plan your own backcountry trips and the leadership qualities to succeed in school and whatever else you put your mind to.


Location NOLS Pacific Northwest
Tuition $3,500 Learn about Financial Aid
Equipment Deposit $200
Minimum Age 14
Duration 14 Days
Type Adventure - 14 & 15 Only
Start/End Conway, Washington
Fly in/out Seattle, Washington
High School Credit
  • 0.5 Carnegie Units
  • 0.5 CUs Physical Education
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“Learning about myself, learning to work better with others, and getting to spend so much time disconnected from the front country and living simply.”

-Ana D.

NOLS Pacific Northwest Grad