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89th Annual Outing *Canceled*
Mt. Rainier, WA

August 1 – 15, 2020


*Canceled* - 2020 Annual Outing - *Canceled*


It is with great sadness that the Outing Committee announces the cancellation of the 2020 Outing due to COVID-19 concerns.  This is only the second cancellation in the history of the club, the first being 1942-1944 for WWII.  All fees collected shall be refunded in full.

At this time, we are planning for a 2021 Outing at Mount Rainier. Stay healthy.

 

 

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Rainier Outing Basics – 2020


Additional details and hike descriptions are provided in the Outing Guide

Check website in late June

Printed Guides for each camper available at the Pre-Outing Meeting  (June 15) and at camp


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 – and must be paid in full for registration to be complete. 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 2020 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 (taking several hours). 

 

The campsite is reserved for Friday, July 31, for first week campers who wish to arrive early. However no meals are provided until supper on Saturday, August 1.  Second week campers may arrive after breakfast on Saturday, August 8 – 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 30, and unloading at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, August 16, 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 (August 1) dinner through the last Saturday (August 15) 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, August 1, by about 9 a.m. The site will be available on Friday, July 31, 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

 

Fishing/Swimming/Kayaking:

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 


Wildflowers:

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


Birding: 
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


2020 Annual Outing Fees
Per Week  
   Chemeketan
Members*
 Non-Members
 Adults
15 & Older 
 $200  $250
 Children  
 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 <kenash76@yahoo.com> 

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