AMC Boston Chapter

Hikes and Activities List


Although August Camp is primarily a hiking camp, we will also schedule some non-hiking excursions to scenic areas, and, if possible, some rafting, kayaking or biking activities. These extra activities may involve extra charges, such as admission fees, or costs of an outfitter. In addition, it is perfectly ok to stay in camp for the day and relax with a book or your camera. For more info on non-hiking activities, check back here periodically as we update our info.

  • Mountain biking - bring biking shorts
  • Overnights - bring a small backpacking tent
  • Rafting/kayaking - bathing suit

The National Scenic Area and the surrounding wilderness areas and national forests are magnificent.  It would take weeks or even months to begin to do all the spectacular hiking available in this very special area.  With that in mind, please remember that in one week you have only 6 days to hike so you cannot possibly do all the "best" this area offers.  We will make every attempt to offer some of the most spectacular hikes several times within a given week.  Two-weekers will obviously have twice as many days to accomplish their hiking wish list, but will still not be able to do it all.  Whatever you hike will indeed be wonderful, but you simply cannot do it all during your stay at August Camp.  Also, be aware that in many areas the hike must be limited to 12 participants by federal regulation.

Drives to hikes may be long and at times on winding secondary roads, as is often the case at our Western sites.  It is also possible that we will encounter restrictions due to road work which may add to travel time, as the very short summer season is the only time to work on serious road repair.


Our camp is located around 1100’ of elevation but some hikes will go to about 7000 feet. You may wish to select easier hikes until you feel acclimatized.

GUIDEBOOKS AND MAPS (Check the website for updates)


  • *G-1: Day Hiking Columbia River Gorge – Craig Romano, 1st edition, 2011; 3rd printing 2015

  • G-2: Hiking the Columbia River Gorge –Russ Schneider, revised by Jim Yuskavitch; 3rd edition, 2014

  • *G-3: Day Hiking South Cascades – Dan Nelson, 1st edition 2007; 2nd printing 2012

  • *G-5: 100 Hikes Northwest Oregon & Southwest Washington – William Sullivan, 4th edition, updated for 2016-2017

  • * Best

 Maps (all National Geographic, Trails Illustrated):

  • M-1: Columbia River Gorge, #821                          

  • M-2: Mount Hood, #820                          

  • M-3: Mount St. Helens, Mount Adams, #822                          


Hike List: 

The above lists have been updated to reflect current conditions; further updates may occur as the dates for 2017 camp near. Paper printouts are clearest in either format when printed in landscape format on legal sized paper.

Activity List: 

A number of non-hiking activities are planned for our 2017 camp. Some require sign-up in advance. Please review the descriptions for more details.

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