13 – 18


6 Days

Mileage | Rating

25 Miles



Meeting Location

Summit Lake
2 pm



Highlights: Our 6-Day Teen Backpacking Summer Camp in Northern California’s Lassen Volcanic National Park is designed for participants ages 13-18 who are either new or experienced backpackers. This Lassen Volcanic adventure includes camping and hiking beside high alpine lakes, boiling mud pots, and ancient volcanoes.  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.

Check Out the Summer Camp Experience!

Sample Itinerary

This is a Sample Itinerary only.

Day 1: Your guides will meet you and your campers at Summit Lake at 2 pm.  They guides will work individually or small groups to do a final gear check and packing demonstration.  Group gear will also be divvied out. Once everyone has arrived and had the opportunity to pack, guides will facilitate an ice breaker for the campers to meet one another.  After, they will be hitting the trail to Widow Lake, approximately four miles from Summit Lake.

Day 2: Campers will wake up and begin breaking down camp while the Leaders of the Day help get breakfast started and receive their morning briefing from a guide. After a hearty breakfast, a stretch and goals circle and group briefing, campers will be on their way to Jakey Lake.

Day 3: Leaders of the Day will be responsible for waking up campers and facilitating the morning routine.  Once the leaders are ready to leave camp, the group will begin their five-ish mile day to Horseshoe Lake, ensuring time for activities and potential swading in the lake.

Day 4: Today is a layover day. Instead of breaking down camp and hiking to a new destination, campers will prepare for a day hike decided on as a collective group.  The afternoon will consist of adventure based activities, swading, and rest.

Day 5: Leaders of the Day will resume their responsibilities, getting campers ready to hike to Snag Lake for their final night.  Camp will be set alongside the Majestic Lava beds and Snag Lake.

Day 6: An alpine start will be necessary! Leaders of the Day will have their campers up and ready before the sun rises to hike them to the base of Cinder Cone.  The group will drop their packs and head for the summit to get breathtaking views of Lassen Peak, the Majestic Lava Beds, Painted Dunes and Butte and Snag Lakes.

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 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.

Our Sunday through Friday program begins at Summit Lake at 12 pm on Sundays and ends in the same location at 12-1 pm on Friday.

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“Great people, great guides. Overall great everything. One of the coolest experiences of my life. I had the most incredible time backpacking.”

“They really enjoyed the counselors, exploring Yosemite and being out in nature for a glorious 6 days.”

“My 15 year old son just got home today from backpacking with Lasting Adventures for 6 days in Yosemite and he was full of enthusiasm over the trip!”

Cancellation Policy

Multi-Day Adventures/Summer Camps Cancellation Policy

The following cancellation policy is only for trips booked directly through our official website, If you have booked via a third-party website, such as The Clymb, TripAdvisor Experiences/Viator, or, 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:

  • More than 90 days prior to the trip start date, we will grant you a full refund. (*Exception: our Lodging/Hiking package has a $100 non-refundable processing fee per room booked.)
  • Between 90 and 61 days prior to the trip start date, we will you a full refund minus a $50/person processing fee.
  • Between 60 and 46 days prior to the trip start date, we will retain 25 percent of the trip cost. You may also take a non-refundable credit of the full value paid.
  • Between 45 and 31 days prior to the trip start date, we will retain 50 percent of the trip cost. You may also take a non-refundable credit of the full value paid.
  • Less than 31 days prior to the trip start date, or once the trip has begun, there will be no refund or credit.
  • There will be no cost for cancellations for trips we are unable to run due to closures and/or restrictions by government officials. We will make departure determinations for trips 7 days in advance of the departure date. Refunds for trips not able to be run will be processed within 5 days of the intended departure date and can only be processed back to the original payment method used for the current trip. 
    • Exception: We may make this determination 15 days in advance for Lodging Packages. 
    • Any portion of a trip purchased with a credit from a previous year will revert back to a credit.
    • Due to the difficulties of running seasonal programs, a lost season can affect us greatly. We appreciate any of our customers that would choose to take a lifetime, transferable credit for the value paid of their trip, should the trip not be able to operate due to government restrictions.
  • Final payments on multi-day trips are automatically processed/due at 30 days in advance of the trip. Any new multi-day booking made at/within 45-days in advance will be required to pay in full.
    • Exception: Final payments are due at least 45 days in advance for our Lodging/Hiking package.
  • For our Summer Camps, due to COVID-19 in 2021 participants must have a responsible party available within 6 hours of Yosemite Valley for pickup in case of emergency. 
  • If we determine that a trip should be pulled or cancelled mid-way through the trip (for example, due to unhealthy smoke levels or other circumstances outside our control, we will provide a credit for the unused portion of the trip.

Important Notice

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.

Please make sure your child is ready for their adventure by:

  • preparing them physically (training hikes if not already involved in regular activities)
  • emotionally (giving them experience being away from home in a less-committed setting)
  • and mentally (making sure they have buy-in and want to be on the trip)

Dietary Constraints

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.




Sunday-Friday Departure Dates from Summit Lake:

    July Departure Dates  

  • Sun, Jul 3rd - Fri, Jul 8th
  • Sun, Jul 17th - Fri, Jul 22nd
  • Sun, Jul 31st - Fri, Aug 5th

    August Departure Dates  

  • Sun, Aug 7th - Fri, Aug 12th


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