Our 6-day Olympic Mountain Adventure for teens in Washington’s Olympic National Park is designed for participants ages 13-18 who are either new or experienced backpackers. This adventure summer camp in Olympic National Park focuses on leadership and outdoor skill-building with teens camping and hiking beside high alpine lakes, rivers, waterfalls, and meadows. Most trips have an opportunity to summit peaks and/or partake in some spectacular sunsets among some breath-taking geological formations. Risk-taking and challenges complimented by fun and support from others lead to a positive and often life-changing adventure for all!
NOTE: This is a sample itinerary only. Our itineraries and destinations in Olympic National Park are dependent upon a number of external factors. Due to the varying weather, snow levels, and the ongoing mountain goat removal project, we operate in various areas of the park. The following is a sample itinerary for mid-July through August.
Day 1: You will meet your Guides/Counselors at 12:00 PM. You will have time to become acquainted with your group as well as your backpacking gear. We will then facilitate a group orientation, answering any last parent or participant questions before hitting the trail. We will hike 2.5 miles to picturesque Mink Lake high in the mountains and surrounded by fir trees. We will settle in for our first night in the backcountry with dinner and the promise of incredible views and memories over the coming days.
Day 2: After morning circle time (stretches, map review, goal setting, etc.) we will embark on one of our more strenuous days of uphill as we travel to Deer Lake. We will play plenty of trail games and tell stories keeping spirits high as we pass through forests draped in mosses and slime molds. After we arrive at camp, we will have the chance to enjoy the cool alpine lake water and relax as we watch the alpenglow of the mountains reflected in the water.
Day 3: Today will be our longest day, hiking over 6 miles to CB Flats Campground. Although strenuous, we will be rewarded with abundant wildflowers as we hike out of the thick forests and into the subalpine, where the views open up to the majestic Olympic mountains. Looking back on the valleys and lakes below, we will be able to see just how far we have come already. We will finish our day with a descent past beautiful Hoh Lake and camp in a more secluded area near meadows of wildflowers.
Day 4: Today we will hike about 5 miles to Sol Duc Park. Our trail today takes us across the High Divide and provides unparalleled views of the Olympic and Bailey mountain ranges. We will break for lunch at one of the passes and relax near alpine lakes, mountain creeks, and fields of wildflowers. We might even have the opportunity for sledding and snowball fights! Hiking through the Seven Lakes Basin is an unforgettable experience and our sleep tonight will be well deserved.
Day 5: On our second to last day, we will continue about 2 miles to Seven Mile Group Site. Because of our low mileage today, we can have a relaxed morning and take our time identifying all of the flora and fauna of the forest. We will spend the afternoon learning about the geological, cultural, and human history of the park as we relax in the shade of giant trees near the river.
Day 6: On our final day we will pass by the famous Sol Duc Falls as we descend to the Sol Duc Trailhead by noon for pickup.
Please remember this is only a sample itinerary and actual itineraries are subject to change. If we are unable to obtain the permits for the Sol Duc Loop, or if various conditions make this itinerary unfeasible, we will provide an alternative trailhead and itinerary in Olympic National Park.
Other: On all of our summer camps, we have a daily circle time in the morning where youth engage in group games, share highlights, offer encouragement and support to each other, stretch, review maps and day itineraries, and set individual and group goals for the day. Also, whether breaking on the trail or in the afternoon or evening in the campsite, our Guides facilitate additional opportunities for youth to develop a personal connection with nature. Problem-solving and initiative games are common as are smiles. Additional outdoor skills are gained as we practice Leave No Trace principles and promote environmental stewardship throughout the length of the program.
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Multi-Day Adventures/Summer Camps Cancellation Policy
The following cancellation policy is only for trips booked directly through our official website, lastingadventures.com. If you have booked via a third-party website, such as The Clymb, TripAdvisor Experiences/Viator, or bookyogaretreats.com, the below policy does not apply, and you are held to the third-party’s cancellation policy.
If you cancel or leave a multi-day trip for any reason:
Recreational Summer Camp
Lasting Adventures only operates non-therapeutic, recreational summer camp programs. Lasting Adventures does not employ professional therapists or mental health counselors, and our outdoor educators are not trained in any form of therapy or drug rehabilitation.
It is important that all participants considering a trip with Lasting Adventures are comfortable with and have experience being away from home/parents for the duration of the trip; have some level of regular physical fitness; and have a personal desire to be on the trip. Although nearly all our participants are ready for a backpacking trip, should a participant not be prepared (either mentally, emotionally, or physically), they may be removed from the trip at any time. No refunds will be given in these cases and an extraction fee may be charged.
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Although we are able to accommodate many specific dietary constraints and choices, we prepare foods in a facility with peanuts, gluten, soy, and other major allergens, and are not certified as an ‘allergen-free’ facility. We take steps to limit the risk of cross-contamination, but we cannot guarantee that foods we prepare will be fully free of major allergens.