ACTIVITIES

Hiking and Activities

Mt. Rainier is primarily a hiking camp. August Camp offers 5-6 hikes of varying lengths and difficulty levels each day.

Below are alternate activities currently planned for each week. 

>>Complete hike list and resources can be found here.

Week 1 and 2 Activities

In addition to the daily hikes, we hope to offer excursions to the Mount St. Helens National Monument area.  One trip would be to the Windy Ridge Viewpoint on the northeast side of the volcano. We will stop at various historical sites and take a short hike to Spirit Lake where trees that were blown off the mountain by the blast still float on the lake and are scattered along the shoreline.  There are great views of the volcano and blast zone from the viewpoint and we may be able to catch a ranger presentation there.  This trip involves 55 miles of driving each way, but with stops along the way. 

The other MSH excursion would be to the Johnston Ridge Observatory on the far side of the volcano, a one-way driving distance of 119 miles. The entrance fee is $8 (or free with a national parks pass, such as the America the Beautiful annual pass or senior pass).  Interpretive exhibits, ranger programs and walks around the area are available.

The two above excursions will run if we have at least ten interested campers. You may sign up for them at camp. 

We also hope to offer a service trip each week – trail work with the Washington Trails Association. Details will be announced at camp.

Week 3 and 4 Non-Hiking Activities

In addition to the daily hikes, we hope to offer excursions to the Mount St. Helens National Monument area and a car camping overnight. 

We will offer a sightseeing trip to Mt. St. Helen's Johnston Ridge Observatory on the far side of the volcano, a one-way driving distance of 119 miles. The entrance fee is $8 (or free with a national parks pass, such as the America the Beautiful annual pass or senior pass).  Interpretive exhibits, ranger programs and walks around the area are available. Sign up will be in camp.

The car camping trip takes some extra planning so the leaders request you contact them now if you are interested. The car camping will be canceled if there is not sufficient interest. Details below. 

We will most likely offer a “chance to give back” by participating in a day of trail work with the Washington Trails Association. Sign up will also be in camp. 

Car Camping Weeks 3 and 4

Camp out under the stars just outside the Northwest corner of MRNP.

We will camp in a National Forest Campground, cook supper and breakfast as a group. This will give us an opportunity to hike around the area which is too far from camp for day hikes, and perhaps see wonderful views of Mt. Rainier from a lookout tower.

Camping limited to 18 people. You will need to bring your own small backpacking tent. There is an extra tent or two in camp and sometimes people will share, but we cannot arrange or guarantee the availability of this ahead of time. 

Week 3 – Tuesday, July 30th to Wednesday, July 31st

Leaders: Mary Innis and Cindy Campbell ([email protected])

Week 4 – Tuesday, August 6th to Wednesday, Aug. 7th

Leaders: Leslie and Ken Carson ([email protected])