Classifying Level Of Challenge 

*Disclaimer: All routes are subject to change based on the environmental conditions, group ability level and shared goals. These should only be used as a guideline to help you map out the best-fit for you!

 

Less strenuous: These WOOT trips are ideal for someone who is seeking an opportunity to become comfortable in the outdoors. They are designed to introduce the foundational skills of backpacking and sea kayaking. For backpacking sessions, you are responsible for hiking 3 to 7 miles a day with a 30-50 lb pack on, minimal elevation gain, and have layover days with the option for taking longer day hikes with lighter packs. For kayak sessions, you will use Viqueen Lodge as home-base and paddle for 2-3 hours a day to explore the San Juan Islands.

 

Moderate: These WOOT trips at the moderate level are ideal for someone with an average comfortability and experience in the outdoors. It is a great opportunity to challenge yourself if you are an avid hiker and camper, but have limited backpacking experience or sea kayaking experience. For the backpacking sessions, you will carry a 30-50lb pack and hike around 4 to 10 miles a day with low to moderate elevation gain. For kayak sessions, you will use Viqueen Lodge as home-base and paddle for 3-4 hours a day, with the opportunity to venture out setting up camp away from the lodge on a neighboring island.

 

More strenuous: These WOOT trips are for those who are very experienced in the outdoors, including experience with elevation, familiarity with technical skills for both kayaking and backpacking, and have a high level of comfortability with long days and strenuous exercise. For the backpacking sessions, you are expected to carry 30-50 lb packs and hike  5 to 12 miles a day with substantial elevation gain. For kayak sessions, you will be touring from island to island, setting up camp, and paddling for up to 4-6 hours a day.

 

WOOT 2019 Routes!!

San Juan Sea Kayaking

On this WOOT! experience, you will spend six days in the field with your fellow WOOT-ers exploring the San Juan Islands via kayak. We’ll use Viqueen, our rustic cabin on Sinclair Island, as a home-base as we venture out on day and overnight excursions to the surrounding islands for hikes, camping, and viewing the diverse wildlife of the Salish Sea. In addition, there may be an optional night paddle to experience the magic of bioluminescent algae that summer in the islands is known for!

Dates: Session 1 (Aug 6-12), Session 4 (Aug 13-19), Session 7 (Aug 20-26), Session 9 (Sept 15-21)

Level of Difficulty: Less strenuous to moderate

 

 

Bridge Creek Backpacking

On this WOOT, you’ll spend six days backpacking in the North Cascades National Park. Expect to hike 3.5  to 7.5 miles each day with little elevation gain.There may be an optional summit of Goode Ridge (7700’). Evenings will be spent learning how to cook backcountry delights with your cooking group, bonding with fellow WOOT-ers, and enjoying your spectacular surroundings.

Dates: Session 2 (Aug 8-14), Session 5 (Aug 15-21), Session 12 (Sept 15-21)

Level of Difficulty: Less strenuous



Chuckanuts Backpacking

On this WOOT, you’ll spend six days backpacking in the Chuckanuts - the closest mountain range to Bellingham! Expect to hike between 2 and 8 miles each day, with little elevation gain. The trail winds through mossy forests to get to our lakeside campsites. Highlights include overlooks of the San Juan Islands and beautiful Chuckanut sandstone formations. Evenings are usually spent playing camp games, perfecting the art of backcountry cooking, and getting to know your fellow WOOT-ers.

Dates: Session 10 (Sept 15-21), Session 11 (Sept 15-21)

Level of Difficulty: Less strenuous



Thunder Creek Backpacking

On this WOOT, you’ll spend six days backpacking in the North Cascades National Park. Expect to hike between 2 and 5 miles each day, with minimal elevation gain. Evenings are usually spent in streamside or forest campsites, with vistas of surrounding peaks, learning the basics of backcountry cooking, playing games, and getting to know your fellow WOOT-ers.

Dates: session 14 (Sept 15-21)

Level of Difficulty: Less strenuous to moderate



Rainbow Loop Backpacking

On this WOOT, you’ll spend six days backpacking in the North Cascades National Park. Expect to hike between 3 to 7 miles each day, with moderate elevation gain. The trail passes the refreshing waters of Rainbow Lake and McAlester Lake, not to mention plenty of mountain streams. Highlights include scenic vistas and lush alpine meadows. Evenings are usually spent playing games, perfecting the art of backcountry cooking, and getting to know your fellow WOOT-ers.

Dates: Session 3 (Aug 10-16), Session 6 (Aug 17-23), Session 8 (Aug 22-28), Session 15 (Sept 15-21)

Level of Difficulty: Moderate

 

 

Devils Dome Loop Backpacking

On this WOOT, you’ll spend six days backpacking in the Pasayten Wilderness & North Cascades National Park. Expect to hike between 5  and 12 miles each day, with substantial elevation gain. This wilderness experience offers several high alpine views of the greater North Cascades. The trail begins at the East Bank trailhead climbing up to Jackita Ridge traversing to Devils Dome eventually dropping back down to Ross Lake. Evenings are usually spent in Alpine Meadows or forest campsites learning the basics of backcountry cooking, playing games, and getting to know your fellow WOOT-ers.

Dates: Session 13 (Sept 15-21)

Level of Difficulty: More Strenuous

 

 

Blue Lake Backpacking

On this WOOT, you’ll spend six days backpacking in the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. Expect to hike between 4 and 12 miles each day, with substantial elevation gain. The trail passes Reflection Pond and Blue Lake, offering our most remote experience. Evenings are usually spent in lakeside or forest campsites learning the basics of backcountry cooking, playing games, and getting to know your fellow WOOT-ers.

Dates: Session 16 (Sept 15-21)

Level of Difficulty: More strenuous