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89th Annual Outing
Mt. Rainier, WA

July 31 - August 14, 2021

2021 Mt. Rainier Annual Outing Announcement

The Outing Committee, after consultation with the Chemeketans' Executive Council, is going forward with preparations for the 2021 Annual Outing.  Those wishing to attend should register and pay as soon as possible. Fees are also now due for those who registered earlier.  All attending who are 12 years of age or older must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 and must provide a copy of their vaccination card.  

After a very difficult year for so many people, it is exciting to gather again at a Chemeketan Outing!



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Rainier Outing Basics – 2021

Additional details and hike descriptions are provided in the Outing Guide

There will be no Pre-Outing Meeting

Printed Guides for each camper will be available at truck loading and at camp
2021 Outing Liability Waiver
2021 Registration form with payment

Campers can register online or by paper.   Non-members will need to submit the paper registration form and pay by check OR be registered online by a club member as their guest. Outing fees remain the same as last year - $200 per week for adult members, $250 for non-members. Participants can register for the first week, second week or both weeks of the Outing.  

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(Members must be logged in before they register.)

Campsite:  The 2021 Annual Outing will be held in the vicinity of Mt. Rainier National Park, known for its premier scenery and hiking trails, historic lodges, and outstanding wildflowers. Our campsite is on private property, known as the Huntington Homestead, in Packwood Washington. The site is about 24 miles south of the Stevens Canyon entrance to Mt. Rainier National Park and also offers day hiking possibilities at Goat Rocks, Mt. Adams, and Mt. St. Helens.  The William O. Douglas Wilderness and the Tatoosh Wilderness are also hike destinations north of Packwood. 


The club used this outing site in 2013. It is a large grassy field at 1,053 feet. It provides potable water and electricity. The site does not have RV hookups but does have plenty of open space for parking and maneuvering. 


Getting There: The drive from Salem totals about 190 miles. 


The campsite is reserved for Friday, July 30, for first week campers who wish to arrive early. However no meals are provided until supper on Saturday, July 31.  Second week campers may arrive after breakfast on Saturday, August 7 – 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 29, and unloading at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, August 15, at Bridges Storage, 4370 Silverton Road NE, just east of Lancaster Drive.  Bring your work gloves!


Weather:  During August average daily high temperature is 79 F, average low 51 F, and average rainfall  0.9 inches.


Camp Meals:  A hot breakfast, dinner, and a brown bag lunch, including vegetarian entries, will be provided from the first Saturday (July 31) dinner through the last Saturday (August 14) 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 up the camp.  First week campers should arrive on Saturday, July 31, by about 9 a.m. The site will be available on Friday, July 30, 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 has a propane hot water setup for them.


Pets:  Pets are not allowed at the Outing, with the exception of trained service animals.


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.


Park Entrance Fee:  Entrance to Rainier 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


Visitor Centers / Museums:

    Packwood – White Pass Country Historical Museum

    Rainier National Park:

    Sunrise Visitor Center

    Ohanapecosh Visitor Center

    Paradise Lodge

    Longmire Museum



Riffe Lake – (Tacoma Power Reservoir on the Cowlitz River).  Known more for fishing and motor boating than kayaking but there are coves to explore. Taidnampam Park on the lake is about 12 miles from Packwood. Day use at the park includes a popular fishing bridge, picnic tables, a playground and small swimming area.

Packwood Lake – 4 mile hike – trailhead 6 miles from Packwood


Mountain Biking:

A number of trail and backroad biking possibilities are described on the official tourism site for Mt. Rainier:  Mountain Biking 


Rainier is known for its spectacular wildflowers in late summer. Favorite sites are Paradise, Sunrise, and Chinook Pass/Tipsoo Lake - see:  Wildflowers

The range of elevation in Rainier National Park means there are four life zones and a huge variety of bird habitat. For information on rare sightings, area bird research and a bird list, link to the National Park Service:  Birding

2021 Annual Outing Fees
Per Week  
15 & Older 
 $200  $250
 Age 11-14  $150  $150
 Age 6-10  $75  $75
 Age 0-5  Free  Free
*Includes other Federation of Western Outdoor Club members.

Additional information: contact Ken Ash <> 

OUTING HISTORY: For a complete listing of past Outing locations click here.