Summer Programming

Join GPI every week throughout the summer as we explore and learn about the rivers, mountains, and forests that make up the Glacier Peak region. Trips include hiking, biking, canoeing, rafting, and camping. You might be surprised at how many of these hidden gems lie right in your own back yard. To follow is a list of adventures that our hardworking staff, volunteers and highly-valued WSU 4H partner have put together for the enjoyment of GPI youth.  

 Bike and Hike to Wellman Basin

At the base of Whitehorse Mountain, students will explore, learn about and practice important mountaineering and orienteering skills they will be able to use in their future hiking adventures. 


Bike and Hike to Brown's Creek

This adventure will consist of a bike ride to Brown's Creek. Along the way, there will be breaks for exploring the area and having lunch to regain energy. Students will also get some hands on experience with building campfires and basic Leave No Trace principles.

Crabbing at Port Susan 

Students will be able to participate in many activities, such as canoeing, hiking, exploring the beach, and learning about ocean currents. They will also have the opportunity to harvest crabs and participate in education lessons with Snohomish County Parks and Rec. 


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Rafting Sauk River 

The Sauk River provides a great setting for GPI youth to practice their rafting abilities and river navigation skills. Not to mention a thrilling experience going down white rapids on the upper Sauk from White Chuck boat launch to the Backman County Park.


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Floating Sauk River

Day 2 of navigating the Sauk will allow youth to practice leadership roles while navigating the calmer, lower section of the river from Backman County Park to Government Bridge. This trip will allow for more leisurely floating and even a chance to take a dip. 


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Canoe and Camp at Baker Lake

After canoeing across Baker Lake, youth will set up camp at Anderson Point and will then be able to spend the day canoeing, swimming, fishing and exploring the area in and around the lake. 



Three Day Backpacking to Round Lake

After hiking to Round Lake on the first day, we will spend the second swimming, fishing, and hanging out at the lake. There, youth will learn how to safely and successfully camp in the back country. 

Canoeing at Burnaby Slough 

A canoe through the slough provides the perfect setting for youth to engage in discussions about river morphology and slough habitats, pick some delicious blackberries, and play some canoe water polo. 



A special thank you to the Sierra Pacific Foundation for funding our summer programming.