AMC - August Camp
AMC Boston Chapter

August Camp 2018

Northern Cascades (Concrete, WA)

Credit: Éva Borsody Das

In 2018 AMC’s August Camp returns to the breathtaking North Cascades of Washington State. Hikes will be in the North Cascades National Park, Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, and Ross Lake and Lake Chelan National Recreation Areas. Choose from a variety of 4-6 hikes every day, or add in backpacking, rafting or kayaking to expand your experience.  No matter what you do, you'll be surrounded by amazing vistas!

This full-service tent village for 64 campers each week offers home-cooked meals, daily hikes at all levels, nightly campfires and wonderful camaraderie. The 2018 campsite is on the banks of the swift-flowing Skagit River, a popular rafting destination, in the shadow of glaciated 10,781-foot Mt. Baker, and just down the road from Cascadian Farms, known for their organic food and wonderful ice cream. The site is reached by the North Cascades Highway, considered the most scenic drive in Washington State.  Fly into Seattle-Tacoma International airport, from where the fleet of camp vans provides free transportation to Camp each Saturday. The vans also provide transport to and from daily activities.

Activities are planned and led by AMC-trained and approved volunteer leaders; meals are prepared by our friendly camp staff. All you have to do is show up at the airport Saturday to enjoy the hiking, the scenery, the people, and the fun that is August Camp!

Detailed info and registration materials are now available on our website. Availability is limited so plan your one or two week adventure now and be part of one of the AMC's oldest traditions. Registration opens January 2, 2018.

Week 1: July 14 - July 21
Week 2: July 21 - July 28
Week 3: July 28 - Aug. 4
Week 4: Aug. 4 - Aug. 11


Latest News

The hike list and details for special activities at August Camp 2018 are now available on the Activities and Hike List page. Take a look for details on kayaking, biking, trail work and more. For some activities, advanced sign-up is required and the number of participants is limited so be sure to check the page out soon!

As of January 26th, all weeks of August Camp 2018 are full. Confirmations for accepted individuals will be sent soon. We continue to accept names for the waitlist for all four weeks. To be added to the waitlist, please follow normal application procedures (including a check to cover the deposit). Your deposit check will not be cashed until such time as a space opens up, you are notified of that open space and you agree to take it.

As many of you are aware, the Columbia River Gorge, where Camp was based in 2017, has been experiencing significant wildfires since our departure. The Eagle Creek fire, which began Labor Day weekend, has affected many of the trails we hiked on and left countless people wondering if their homes and communities will survive. More information about the fire can be found here. Some people have asked where they can make a contribution to support rehabilitation and recovery when the time comes. One local organization dedicated to protecting the area is Friends of the Columbia River Gorge. Their website provides details about the fire and ways individuals can contribute.

If you attended camp this year (or any recent year in the Pacific Northwest) and are curious about the wildflowers you saw on the trail, take a look at this online guide

August Camp in Photos


To view Photos from the 2017 Columbia River Gorge August Camp, see links below:
 Photos from Lennie Steinmetz


To view Photos and Video from the 2016 Olympic Peninsula August Camp, see links below:
 Photos from Shu Ping Wong

 Photos from Holly Adams

 Video from Noel Cotter


To view Photos from the 2015 Central Cascades August camp, see links below:
 Camp Life 1

 Camp Life 2

 Scott Mountain hike

 Canyon Creek Meadows Hike

 Crater Lake National Park 1

 Crater Lake National Park 2

 Obsidian Trail Hike

 Gnarly Trees

 Bend, OR

 All 2015 photos taken by Mike Darzi


To view Photos from the 2014 Packwood August camp, see links below:
 Debbie Ireland Photos

 Linda Ringlein Hike Photos

 Linda Ringlein Camp Photos


To view Photos from the 2013 North Cascades August camp, see links below:
 Tom Rutt Panoramas

 Julie LePage Photos


To view Photos from the 2012 Whistler August camp, see the links below:
 Marianne Page Photos

 Monika Jaeger Photos

 Nancy Crowther Photos

To view photos from the 2011 Canadian Rockies, see the links below:
  Gordon Haff's Photos

To view photos from the 2010 Canadian Rockies, see the links below:
 Julie LePage's Photos
 Janice May's Photos


Join the August Camp Yahoo Group!
This is a useful tool to communicate with other August Campers who are signed up to go this summer. Email each other about travel plans, ask the leaders questions, etc.

To join the Group:

Click here to join our Yahoo Group

  • When you get to the page, click the button "Join This Group".
  • If you don't already have a free Yahoo account, open one to become a Yahoo Group Member, then click to join the group.


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