Pacific Northwest Trip Leader

Pacific Northwest Trip Leader


  • Designed as professional development for practicing backcountry trip leaders to enhance their teaching and leadership skills
  • Develop your on- and off-trail hiking skills while learning what it takes to run a smooth expedition
  • We recommend that students have a basic first aid certification before beginning the course
  • Small group size of around 10 students and two instructors
  • Learn and share information about leading trips with others with similar interests
Washington's wilderness areas are ideal training grounds for learning how to lead backpacking trips.

Here you'll join a diverse group of trip leaders for an overview of the NOLS curriculum in a setting designed for leaders and educators who don't have a lot of time or a huge budget.

You'll learn common leadership strategies through dynamic, on-the-trail teaching methods including scenarios, real-time problem solving, and experiential learning. You'll learn the intricacies of trip planning and how to organize expeditions of your own.

Our students leave the Pacific Northwest with a higher level of competence and an inspiration to lead.


Location NOLS Pacific Northwest
Tuition $1,275 Learn about Financial Aid
Equipment Deposit $100
Minimum Age 18
Duration 9 Days
Type Outdoor Educator
Start/End Seattle, Washington
Fly in/out Seattle, Washington
College Credit
  • 2 Credit Hours
  • 2 Hours Outdoor Educator
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“I thought taking a NOLS course could help me out with my career goals with leading and helping others and I think I've learned a lot that I can apply to my goals.”

-Tara H.

NOLS Pacific Northwest Grad