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 2019 Lassen Outing Basics

July 27 – August 10


Additional details plus hike and duty descriptions are provided in the Outing Guide
Click here to get a copy:  Outing Guide

Printed Guides will also be available at the Pre-Outing Meeting (July 1) and at camp


Signup for our 88th Outing will be open to Chemeketans members starting March 1 and to non-members on April 1.  Online registration and payment will be available.   Non-members will need to submit the paper registration form and pay by check OR be registered online by a member as their guest.

Pre-Outing Meeting
Monday, July 1, 2019  6:30 PM
Broadway Commons, Mongolia Room
1300 Broadway St. NE
Salem, OR

To register for the 2019 Outing, click below:


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Campsite: The 2019 Outing site will be Hat Creek Group Campground (elevation 4,390’) in  the Lassen National Forest, about twelve miles north of the Manzanita Lake entrance to Lassen Volcanic National Park. The campsite, adjacent to Hat Creek, is flat with shade provided by a mixed coniferous forest. The Chemeketans used this campsite for their outings in 1992 and 2003. The site does not have RV hookups and does not have electricity, but the club has a generator for kitchen uses.

Getting There: The drive from Salem totals 400 miles (taking about 7 hours).  From I-5 southbound in northern California, just south of the town of Mt. Shasta, take Exit 736 east. Continue on CA-89 for 78 miles to the campsite (15 miles south of the town of Hat Creek and 1.2 miles south of Old Station).

Outing Fees (per week)

(15 & older)
 Members  $200     Ages 11-14  $150  
 Non-Members  $250  Ages 6-10  $ 75
     Ages 0-5  Free

Full payment will be required to reserve your space.

Carpooling: Due to high per-vehicle campsite charges this year, campers are strongly encouraged to carpool. 


Arrival: Two of our three group campsites (sites 1 and 2) are reserved for Friday, July 26 for first week campers who wish to arrive early. However no meals are provided until supper on Saturday, July 27.  Second week campers may arrive after breakfast on Saturday, August 3 – first meal provided is supper. 


Truck Loading/Unloading: Campers who live in the Salem area are expected to help with the loading and/or unloading of the truck.  Loading will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 25 and unloading at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, August 11 at Bridges Storage, 4370 Silverton Road NE, just east of Lancaster Drive.  Bring your work gloves!


Weather: During August average high temperature is 81 F, average low 61 F


Camp Meals: A hot breakfast, dinner, and a brown bag lunch, including vegetarian entries, will be provided from the first Saturday (July 27) dinner through the last Saturday (August 10) lunch.  Dishes and utensils are provided.  The club hires cooks and pots and pans washers but other duties are shared by campers.


Camp Set-up and Take-down: To get camp underway, it is essential that campers help set it up.  First week campers should arrive on Saturday, July 27 by about 9 a.m. The site is available on Friday, July 26 for those who wish to arrive early.  Second week campers are expected to remain in camp on the last Saturday to help with take-down - usually completed well before noon.


Duties: The Outing is a cooperative enterprise. Duties are assigned prior to camp and posted near the registration area. Please check your assigned duties shortly after arriving at camp, because your duties may start with the first meal.  If you are going to arrive for camp late or leave early, be sure to indicate on your registration form or notify the Outing Chair or Governor.  Camp duties are described in the Outing Guide. 


Showers:  The club brings two portable shower stalls and many campers bring solar shower bags. There are also pay showers at Hat Creek Resort.


Pets:  Pets are not allowed at the Outing.


Hiking:  Hiking is the main activity of the Outing and the Outing Guide will include descriptions of hikes and specifics about signing up for and leading hikes. There will be a number of hikes each day. Anyone can start a sign-up sheet and organize a hike.


In addition to hiking in the National Park and Burney Falls area, there are hiking opportunities in the Caribou Wilderness, adjacent to the east side of Lassen Park and the Thousand Lakes Wilderness, between Burney and Lassen Park.


Park Entrance Fee:  Entrance to the National Park requires a $30 per-vehicle pass that can be purchased at park entrances and will be good for a week. One valid Senior Pass (persons 62 and older can pre-purchase) is also good for the entire vehicle.


Non-Hiking Activities


Fishing: Hat Creek is a trophy trout fishing stream and there are other rivers and lakes within reasonable driving distance. California fishing licenses may be purchased online or at Hat Creek Resort or Old Station Fill Up.


Swimming and Kayaking

  • Lake Britton in McArthur-Burney Falls State Park has swimming and boating 30 minutes from camp ($10 per vehicle entrance fee)
  • Manzanita Lake (in Lassen National Park) – swimming and boating 14 miles from camp
  • Summit Lake – 25 miles into Lassen Park


Visitor Centers / Museums

Old Station Visitor Information Center and Discovery Gardens

In Lassen National Park:

Historic Loomis Museum – near Manzanita Lake

Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center – near SW Lassen Entrance (through the park)


Park Sightseeing: Lassen National Park is rich in hydrothermal sites, many of which can be seen from the 30-mile National Park Highway driving tour.  Self guided auto-tour guides can be picked up at visitor centers. 


Birding: According to the National Park Service, Lassen provides habitat for approximately 216 species of birds, of which 96 have been known to breed in the park.

Lassen Bird List link:

For more information, contact Ken Ash (, 503-507-7844).

Prior Outing Locations


Find a complete list of past outing locations here.

The 2018 Outing was held along the North Fork Nooksack River near Mt. Baker and Mt. Shuksan, Washington.  We camped at Excelsior Group Camp, USFS and enjoyed outstanding scenery and hiking.

The 2017 Outing was held in the Redwoods of northern California. Although this was a departure from our usual mountain setting, the Outing was a success due to the unique scenery, numerous trails, kayaking opportunities and other activities. We were guests of the Yurok Tribe.

The 2016 Outing was in the Wallowa Mountains of NE Oregon with their abundance of hiking trails and nearby attractions. We were guests of the Nez Perce on their Tribal Homeland.

The 2015 Outing campground was near home at Deschutes Bridge, southwest of Bend. Campers hiked Three Sisters Wilderness trails which are too far from home for a day trip and kayaked the numerous area lakes.

The 2014 Outing was held on the Blackfeet Tribal Campground just north of St. Mary, Montana. Participants enjoyed the magnificent hikes of Glacier National Park and the abundant wildlife.

The 2013 Outing campground was in the town of Packwood, a few miles south of Mt. Rainier National Park. Participants had access to the National Park, as well as many trails in the Goat Rocks area. Wildflowers on many of the trails were spectacular.

The 2012 Annual Outing was held in the Fawn Group Campground in the Trinity Alps of northern California, adjacent Trinity (Claire Engle) Reservoir. Temperatures were unseasonably hot, even for that area, but hikers found many beautiful hikes and swimming holes to enjoy.

The 2011 Annual Outing was held at the Chemeketan Campground July 30 through August 13, 2011 in Idaho's Sawtooth Wilderness. The Outing was held near the south end of Idaho’s Stanley Basin,  located about 35 miles north of the Ketchum/Sun Valley area. This is the headwaters of the Salmon River, “The River of No Return.”

The 2010 Annual Outing was held near Trout Lake, Washington July 31 through August 14, 2010 on the south side of 12,276-foot Mt. Adams. Mt. Adams is a spectacular glacier-clad mountain which presides over a land rich in Native American history.

The 2009 Annual Outing was held at Skykomish, Washington from Saturday, August 1 through Saturday August 15, 2009.  Skykomish is located on U.S. Hwy 2 on the west side of Stevens Pass and is approximately 49 miles east of Everett, WA. or 55 miles west of Leavenworth, WA.

The 2008 Outing was held at the Wallowa Mountains of northeast Oregon beginning Saturday, August 2, 2008.   The campsite was located on the Wolfe Ranch near Lostine, Oregon .  

The 2007 Outing was held at the Olympic National Park from Saturday, July 28th through Saturday, August 11th. The Outing campsite was at the Clallam County Fairgrounds at Port Angeles, Washington.

The 2006 Outing was held at the Broken Arrow Campground at Diamond Lake, Oregon from Saturday, July 29th, to Saturday, August 12th.

The 2005 Outing was held in the Maroon-Bells Wilderness, Colorado at the Bogan Flats Group Camp Saturday, July 30 through Saturday, August 13.

The 2004 Outing was held July 31st through August 14th at the North Cascades National Park at the Lower Goodell Group Camp. The North Cascades are in northern Washington easterly from Sedro-Woolley, Washington.

The 2003 Outing was held Aug. 2-16 near Lassen Peak, California at Hat Creek Campground with hiking in Lassen Volcanic National Park.

The 2002 Outing was held at the Chemeketan Group Camp site in the Sawtooth Mountains of Idaho about 27 miles south of Stanley, Idaho.

The 2001 Outing was July 29 to August 12 at the North Fork Group Camp sites on the North Fork of the Cispus River near Randle, Washington.

The 2000 Outing was July 29-August 12 in the Wind River Range in Wyoming at North Fork Lake near Pinedale, WY.

The 1999 Outing was July 31-August 14 at Excelsior Park in northern Washington near Mt. Baker.