Our 6-day High Country Summer Camp 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 a peak and/or partake in some spectacular sunsets among some spectacular geological formations. Risk-taking and challenges complimented by fun and support from others lead to a positive adventure for all.
This is a Sample Itinerary only.
Day 1: You will meet your Guides/Counselors between 12-1 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 5 miles into Appleton Junction Campsite, past the famous Sol Duc Falls. In the evening, we play games, followed by a campfire to strengthen bonds while goal setting.
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 from Appleton Junction to Sol Duc Park. Although a strenuous day, our trail breaks today reward us with stunning views of the Olympus mountains as we relax besides mountain creeks, wildflowers, and high alpine lakes. Participants will enjoy the rewards at this popular location within the Olympic backcountry.
Day 3: Today will be a layover day, with an easier day of hiking while carrying lighter day packs. We have the opportunity to hike the High Divide from our base camp at Sol Duc Park, which offers unparalleled views throughout Olympic National Park. After the day hike we will return to camp and spend the evening learning new skills and activities.
Day 4: Today we will hike about 5 miles to Hoh Lake, a stunningly beautiful lake nestled high in the trees. From there, we hop over to CB Flats campground, which offers more secluded camping, with views of Mount Olympus.
Day 5: On our second to last day we will return to the Seven Lakes Basin, passing Hoh Lake again along the way. With a break for Lunch at Lunch Lake, we will continue our journey to Deer Lake, which will be our last camp, about 3.5 miles from the trailhead.
Day 6: On our final day we will descend back to the Sol Duc Trailhead by noon for pickup.
Note: Remember this is only a sample itinerary and actual itineraries are subject to change.
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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