2017 Fall Field Tour – North Cascades

Photos from the event can be found here


Location: North Cascades – British Columbia, Canada and Washington, USA

When: September 30 – October 1, 2017

Prices:  Regular (non-students) – $70 CAD  /  Students – $50 CAD

  • Participants must be 2017/2018 members of the PRSSS to attend the tour (the link to 2017/2018 membership registration and payment can be found below)


Please join us for our annual PRSSS Fall Field Tour on September 30 – October 1, 2017. This year we will be exploring the soils of part of the North Cascades region. The tour will provide us an opportunity to explore various soil types found in this area such as Andisols and Spodosols. The geology of Northern Washington primarily features folded metamorphic rocks that have been fractured over time by volcanic eruptions from the Cascade Volcanoes including, Mt. Baker, Mt. Rainer, and Mt. St. Helens. There will be plenty of stops along the way to observe the soils, glacial landforms, and evidence of volcanic activity which all contribute to the unique landscape of the region.

Camping is included in the tour price for the evening of September 30. Participants will be expected to purchase or bring their own meals, with the exception of some snacks over the course of the tour and dinner on September 30 which will be provided by the PRSSS.  Transportation will be provided to participants coming from Canada. Participants coming from the USA are requested to organize their own transportation.


CANADIAN PARTICIPANTS WITHOUT A CANADIAN OR US PASSPORT MAY NEED A VISA TO ENTER THE US. If this impacts you please ensure that you have the proper documentation before registering for the trip.


General Itinerary (more details will be available soon)

Day 1: Leave Vancouver → Mt. Vernon Research Centre of Washington State University → Sedro-Woolley → HWY 20 → Campsite

Day 2: Leave Campsite → HWY 20 → Sedro-Woolley → HWY 9 → Sumas → Finish tour in Canada