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Highlights: Our Young Adventurer’s 6-day Youth Summer Camps in Washington’s Olympic National Park are designed for participants ages 11-13, who are both new or experienced backpackers. These summer youth adventure camps start at Sol Duc Trailhead on Sundays and end back at Sol Duc Trailhead on Fridays. These programs will offer shorter hiking distances, and promote leadership, skill-building and an introduction to camping, backpacking, and the outdoors while among the old growth forests, granite peaks, and pristine rivers of Olympic National Park! This summer camp near Seattle is sure to please!
This is a Sample Itinerary only.
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. 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 youth programs we have daily circle time in the morning where youth engage in group games, share highlights, offer praise 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 also 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.
Scholarship Application – Every youth deserves this opportunity!