Our 6-day Rainforest Backpacking 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 Olympic adventure camp focuses on leadership and outdoor skill-building with teens camping and hiking through some of America’s last-standing old-growth forests. Campers will hike some of Olympic’s most famous trails, exploring high alpine lakes, rivers, waterfalls, and groves of ancient trees. 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. While we do our best to replicate the itinerary described below, our itineraries and destinations in Olympic National Park are dependent upon a number of external factors, including weather, snow levels, and the ongoing mountain goat removal project. In the event that we must adjust the itinerary, parents will be notified by email with ample notice prior to the trip dates.
Day 1: You will meet your Guides/Counselors at 2 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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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.