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If you have your own group and would like to schedule a private trip, just call us. We do customized trips! Location and times of trips subject to change due to weather and snow conditions. Register at the Northwest Adventure Center on North Fort Lewis 7 days a week from 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

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Pre-registration is required for all trips.
Schedule, fees and trip details, to include meeting times, are subject to change without notice. Register through WebTrac at https://webtrac.mwr.army.mil/webtrac/jblmrectrac.html or at the Northwest Adventure Center at Lewis North. Trip pick up locations are the NAC and McChord Field’s Adventures Unlimited. Group rates/private trips available. For more information, call 252-967-6263 or visit JBLMmwr.com.
Popular Family trip; reasonable accommodations can be made for persons with special needs; in-house trip with NAC expert guides

April Trips

Ski bus to Crystal

    Adults Only

Wednesday, April 16
Ride with us every Wednesday through the season to Crystal Mountain, including April 16. This is transportation only. Lift tickets aren’t included but should be purchased at the mountain. ($25) In-house trip with NAC expert guides

Advanced scuba course - April 17–20
Review the basics of diving and task load you with underwater activities (underwater navigation, deep diving and search-and-recovery to name a few). This class is April 17–20. With this certification, you can dive at a maximum depth of 100 feet. Minimum age: 18 ($240)

Military Appreciation at Stevens Pass

Adults Only Family Friendly

Friday, April 18
Head for the snow and spend the day at Stevens Pass Friday, April 18 for Military Appreciation Day! Stop by the NAC to get fitted for your gear by Thursday, April 17. Transportation and gear are provided; lift tickets are not included but can be purchased at the mountain for half-off (with military ID). ($50; transportation only: $30) Popular Family trip; in-house trip with NAC expert guides

White Salmon and Wind raft trip

Adults Only

April 19–20
This is the perfect combination of rivers for people interested in challenging the class IV-V whitewater of the Wind River (one of the most challenging commercial river rafting runs in the Pacific Northwest) but interested in warming up on a slightly less challenging river first. Join us April 19–20 for two whitewater rafting adventures. Your first day will be spent with a half-day run on the White Salmon River. We’ll camp at the beautiful Timberlake Campgrounds before heading off the following morning for a full day of whitewater action on the Wind River (class III–V). The trip includes transportation, rafting gear, camping equipment and lunch both days. Minimum age: 18 ($250) In-house trip with NAC expert guides

Westport Crab Fest

Adults Only Exceptional Needs Family Friendly

Saturday, April 19
Head to the Westport Crab Fest with us Saturday, April 19, and learn to catch, identify and cook crabs during the World Class Crab Races, Derby and Feed. You may have a chance to catch the $500 crab! You’re welcome to join in the festivities, which include crab races and dinner (while supplies last). Gear and bait are included; entrance fees to activities and dinner aren’t. Required fishing licenses are available at the NAC. ($35) Popular Family trip; reasonable accommodations can be made for persons with special needs; in-house trip with NAC expert guides

Pike Place Market/Ride the Ducks

Adults Only Exceptional Needs Family Friendly

Sunday, April 20
You haven’t seen Seattle until you’ve seen it from a Duck! Coast Guard-certified maritime captains will take you on a musical tour of the Emerald City. Amphibious World War-II vehicles will show you Seattle from both land and water Sunday, April 20. You’ll see downtown, Pike Place Market, historic Pioneer Square and funky Fremont before splashing into Lake Union for a spectacular view of the city skyline, luxurious yachts and Sleepless in Seattle houseboats! You’ll also have time to walk around Pike Place Market. ($45; ages 3–12: $35; ages 0–2: $30) Popular Family trip; reasonable accommodations can be made for persons with special needs; in-house trip with NAC expert guides

Hope Island day kayak

    Adults Only

Sunday, April 20
Head out for a paddle and walk around Hope Island’s beaches and tide pools Sunday, April 20. You’ll have the chance to see wildlife such as bald eagles, harbor seals and starfish. Paddle distance: approximately 6 miles. Minimum age: 15 ($40) In-house trip with NAC expert guides

Tuesday, April 22
Emergency First Responder class

Explore and master the techniques of administering First Aid and CPR on everyone from infants to adults. The Emergency First Responder class is Tuesday, April 22. Minimum age: 15 ($80)

April 23–26
Rescue scuba course

One of the most important courses in recreational diving is the rescue course. Learn to rescue yourself and others, how to recognize equipment failures and build confidence. The class is April 23–26. Minimum age: 15 ($240)

Hike Mount Si

    Adults Only

Saturday, April 26
Hike one of the most popular trails in Washington with the Outdoor Recreation program on Saturday, April 26. The route to the summit meanders through several ecosystems and provides views of more than 3,000 feet straight down to the valley and I-90, as well as out to the Olympic Mountains and Seattle. This is a strenuous 8-mile round-trip hike. Difficulty: very difficult; elevation gain: 3,800 feet. Minimum age: 10 ($45) In-house trip with NAC expert guides

Saturday, April 26
Westport bottom fishing

Get out on the open water and start hauling in fish Saturday, April 26 on a chartered boat trip out of Westport. Rockfish are always plentiful and lingcod are real fighters! Dress in layers. Bring lunch, snacks and rain gear. Fishing gear is provided. ($130)

Introduction to mountain biking

Adults Only Family Friendly

Sunday, April 27
Join us on an instructional ride Sunday, April 27. Learn the basics and get plenty of time to work on your new skills. Bike, helmet, and gloves are provided. Location will be determined based on conditions. Difficulty: easy; distance: 5–6 miles; ride time: 4 hours. Minimum age: 12 ($35) Popular Family trip; in-house trip with NAC expert guides

Waterfall tour

Adults Only Exceptional Needs Family Friendly

Sunday, April 27
Explore the great concentration of waterfalls in the continental United States Sunday, April 27. We’ll travel along the Historic Columbia River Highway, which has an abundance of small waterfalls viewable from the road, and stop at at least five major waterfalls to include the world-famous Multnomah Falls. We’ll stop in Hood River, Ore., for lunch. ($65; ages 5–12: $40; ages 0–4: $15) Popular Family trip; reasonable accommodations can be made for persons with special needs; in-house trip with NAC expert guides

April 28–May 4
Open-water scuba certification

The first level of any diver’s education, open-water certification is offered April 28–May 4. Register and earn the card you need to dive anywhere in the world! The goal is to make you a safe, confident and competent diver. With this certification, you can dive at a maximum of 60 feet. To take this class, you must be able to swim continuously for 200 yards and tread water or float for 10 minutes. There are academic requirements that involve lectures, quizzes and exams. Minimum age: 15 ($195)

May Trips

Sporting clays competition

    Adults Only

Saturday, May 3
Join us for this exciting 10-station, 100-target fun shoot Saturday, May 3 at the JBLM Skeet Range. Sporting clays simulates the unpredictability of live-quarry shooting, and is often described as “golf with a shotgun.” Registration begins at 9 a.m.; shooting begins at 10:30. For details, call 253-967-7056. ($35)
In-house trip with NAC expert guides

Wine and cheese tour

   

Saturday, May 3
Say cheese! Better yet, say local cheese. Enjoy sipping and savoring new wine releases and ciders paired with a variety of cheeses crafted by local artisan creameries on this Saturday, May 3 trip. Price includes transportation, event admission and a commemorative glass. Minimum age: 21 ($75)

Hike Mount St. Helens Rim

    Adults Only

Saturday, May 3
The route to the Mount St. Helens Rim gives hearty hikers a small taste of what alpine climbers experience. The trail stretches high up the side of the mountain toward the upper mountain where alpine climbers play. This route isn’t for everyone since it entails substantial snow travel. If this sounds like fun to you, sign up for this overnight trip that leaves the Northwest Adventure Center Saturday, May 3. Fee includes guide, Alpine permit, dinner/breakfast and equipment. This is a strenuous 10-mile round-trip hike. Difficulty: very difficult; elevation gain: 5,000 feet. Minimum age: 18 ($140) In-house trip with NAC expert guides

Whale watching

  Exceptional Needs Family Friendly

Sunday, May 4
Early spring provides a unique opportunity to view migratory gray whales in the calm, protected waters of the Puget Sound. Join us on a three-hour boat trip Sunday, May 4 for plenty of opportunities to see a variety of wildlife. ($65; ages 13 & younger: $55) Popular Family trip; reasonable accommodations can be made for persons with special needs

May 5–11
Open-water scuba certification

The first level of any diver’s education, open-water certification is offered May 5–11. Register and earn the card you need to dive anywhere in the world! The goal is to make you a safe, confident and competent diver. With this certification, you can dive at a maximum of 60 feet. To take this class, you must be able to swim continuously for 200 yards and tread water or float for 10 minutes. There are academic requirements that involve lectures, quizzes and exams. Minimum age: 15 ($195)

NAC Open House

    Adults Only

Saturday, May 10
You’re invited to the annual Open House & Community Yard Sale at the NAC Saturday, May 10. If you have sport, yard and house items you want to get rid of, rent a table to sell your gently loved items. To reserve a table for $10, register and pay at the NAC by Friday, May 9. The Open House event is from 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. and features a rock climbing wall, demonstrations, stocked “fish pond” for youth and more. Learn about equipment rental and the lakeside cabins and purchase outdoor gear. In-house trip with NAC expert guides

Sol Duc Hot Springs

Adults Only Exceptional Needs Family Friendly

Sunday, May 11
Take a soak at the Sol Duc Hot Springs in the Olympic National Forest Sunday, May 11. There are three mineral hot spring soaking pools and one freshwater pool of varying temperatures. ($50; ages 4–12: $40; ages 0–3: $25) Popular Family trip; reasonable accommodations can be made for persons with special needs; in-house trip with NAC expert guides

Whitewater raft the Wenatchee

Adults Only Exceptional Needs Family Friendly

Sunday, May 11
Take a trip down the beautiful Wenatchee River Sunday, May 11. We’ll put in near the unique Bavarian town of Leavenworth and paddle through many exciting class III-rapids. Minimum age: 12 ($65; add $10 for a barbecue meal; ask about private trips for groups and units — groups of 24 or more are just $60 per person.) Popular Family trip; reasonable accommodations can be made for persons with special needs; in-house trip with NAC expert guides

May 12–18
Open-water scuba certification

The first level of any diver’s education, open-water certification is offered May 12–18. Pick a class, register and earn the card you need to dive anywhere in the world! The goal is to make you a safe, confident and competent diver. With this certification, you can dive at a maximum of 60 feet. To take this class, you must be able to swim continuously for 200 yards and tread water or float for 10 minutes. There are academic requirements that involve lectures, quizzes and exams. Minimum age: 15 ($195)

Saturday, May 17
Bungee jumping
Head to the base of Mount St. Helens to bungee jump off the highest bungee bridge in the country Saturday, May 17. A full 20 stories high, the spectacular private bridge is nestled in a beautiful forest above a river. If adrenaline is what you crave, you won’t be disappointed with this trip! Fee includes transportation, two jumps and the coveted Dangerous Sports Club T-shirt. Minimum weight: 90 lbs. ($135)

Armed Forces Day

    Adults Only

Saturday, May 17
Join the Northwest Adventure Center outdoor guides at Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 17. Climb to the top of the rock climbing wall, find out about upcoming adventures and more. Popular Family trip; in-house trip with NAC expert guides

Introduction to mountain biking

  Adults Only Family Friendly

Sunday, May 18
If you’ve always wanted to give mountain biking a try, now’s your chance! Come on a beginner’s ride Sunday, May 18 to learn the basics and get plenty of time to work on your newfound skills. Bike, helmet and gloves are provided. Location will be determined based on conditions. Difficulty: easy; distance: 5–6 miles; ride time: 4 hours. Minimum age: 12 ($35) Popular Family trip; in-house trip with NAC expert guides

Hope Island kayak

    Adults Only

Sunday, May 18
Take a nice paddle and walk around Hope Island’s beaches and tide pools Sunday, May 18. Hope Island offers visitors the chance to see wildlife such as bald eagles, harbor seals and starfish. Paddle distance: approximately 6 miles. Minimum age 15 ($40) Popular Family trip; in-house trip with NAC expert guides

Sea kayak skills class

    Adults Only

Tuesday, May 20
There are five levels of the two-hour skills class. The first time you come, you’ll be taught proper paddling techniques and buddy rescue. The second time, we’ll cover edging maneuvers and self-rescue. The third time, you’ll learn recovery techniques and muscle memory exercises for the roll. The fourth class will cover multi-day kayak trip prep and t-rescue. The fifth and final class focuses on the roll. You may start at any time and master as many of the five levels you’d like. After the fifth level, you can continue to work on your roll. Upcoming classes are scheduled for Tuesdays, May 20 and June 17. Minimum age: 12 ($25; prepay for five classes: $100) In-house trip with NAC expert guides

May 22-25
Advanced scuba course
Review the basics of diving and task load with underwater activities (underwater navigation, deep diving and search-and-recovery to name a few). This class is May 22–25. With this certification, you can dive at a maximum depth of 100 feet. Minimum age: 18 ($240)

Whitewater raft the Wenatchee

    Adults Only

Saturday, May 24
Join us for a trip down the Wenatchee River. We’ll put in near the Bavarian town of Leavenworth and paddle through many class-III rapids. Join us Saturday, May 24 for a nice day in the sun. No rafting experience is necessary; instruction and gear are included. Ask about private trips for groups and units; groups of 24 or more are just $60 per person. Minimum age: 12 ($65; add $10 for a barbecue meal) Popular Family trip; in-house trip with NAC expert guides

Saturday, May 24
Westport bottom fishing
Get out on the open water and start hauling in fish! Join us on a chartered boat trip out of Westport Saturday, May 24. Rockfish are always plentiful, and lingcod are real fighters! Dress in layers; bring lunch, snacks and rain gear. ($130)


Seattle Aquarium/Pike Place Market

  Exceptional Needs Family Friendly

Sunday, May 25
Explore Seattle with us! On Sunday, May 25, visit two hotspots — the Seattle Aquarium and Pike Place Market. The aquarium is filled with local exhibits and many amazing things to see and touch, and Pike Place Market has an assortment of unique food and shops for you to try. Trip cost includes aquarium admission. ($40; ages 4–12: $35; ages 0–3: $15) Popular Family trip; reasonable accommodations can be made for persons with special needs

Snoqualmie inflatable kayak

    Adults Only

Sunday, May 25
Go on an exciting (but easy-to-paddle) inflatable kayak trip in the North Bend area Sunday, May 25. This paddle puts in at Twin Falls and follows the Snoqualmie River to the town of North Bend. Inflatable kayak, paddle, instruction and guide are included. ($50) In-house trip with NAC expert guides

Tuesday, May 27
Emergency First Responder course
Explore and master the techniques of administering First Aid and CPR on everyone from infants to adults. The Emergency First Responder class is Tuesday, May 27. Minimum age: 15 ($80)

May 28-31
Rescue scuba course
One of the most important courses in recreational diving is the rescue course. Learn to rescue yourself and others, how to recognize equipment failures and build confidence. The class is May 28–31. Minimum age: 15 ($240)

Saturday, May 31
Skykomish raft and ribeye
Get your heart pounding with this rafting trip! Your expertly guided rafting adventure includes nine miles of class III–V whitewater rapids. Three miles into the trip, you’re faced with the infamous class-V “boulder drop.” This drop challenges even the most experienced boaters. Exhilarating rapids will continue to keep your adrenaline pumping all nine miles. And don’t worry — a photographer will be there to capture the most memorable moments so you can share them with your friends, Family and co-workers (photos are available for viewing and purchase). At the end of your trip, you’ll enjoy a quick shuttle back to the River House for a delicious dinner (included in the price). The onsite cafe means you can also enjoy an adult beverage or espresso if you’d like. You must be a confident swimmer to participate in this trip. Sign up for the Saturday, May 31 trip. Difficulty: beginner; time: 10 hours. Minimum age: 16 ($120)

Hike Heybrook Lookout

    Adults Only

Saturday, May 31
Short and sweet and a tad bit steep, this hike to the restored Heybrook Lookout makes for a great day trip. Scan the scenic Skykomish Valley from the lookout’s lofty 67-foot-high balcony, relish the rugged beauty of Ragged Ridge and stand impressed by Mount Index’s imposing facade. Join us Saturday, May 31. Difficulty: moderate; distance: 2.6 miles; elevation gain: 850 feet; time: 4 hours. Minimum age: 7 ($45) In-house trip with NAC expert guides

Woodland Park Zoo’s Family Day

  Exceptional Needs Family Friendly

Sunday, June 1
This is the perfect day trip for Family time! Visit the award-winning Woodland Park Zoo Sunday, June 1. Lions, tigers and bears aren’t the only animals you’ll see at this interactive zoo experience. You’ll love the Zoomazium, just one of the award-winning exhibits the zoo has to offer. ($35; ages 3–12: $28; ages 0–2: $15) Popular Family trip; reasonable accommodations can be made for persons with special needs

June 2-8
Open-water scuba certification
The first level of any diver’s education, open-water certification is offered June 2–8. Register and earn the card you need to dive anywhere in the world! The goal is to make you a safe, confident and competent diver. With this certification, you can dive at a maximum of 60 feet. To take this class, you must be able to swim continuously for 200 yards and tread water or float for 10 minutes. There are academic requirements that involve lectures, quizzes and exams. Minimum age: 15 ($195)

Saturday, June 7
Sporting clays competition
A 10-station, 100-target fun shoot is Saturday, June 7 at the JBLM Skeet Range. Sporting clays simulate the unpredictability of live-quarry shooting and is often described as “golf with a shotgun.” Registration begins at 9 a.m.; shooting begins at 10:30. For details, call 253-967-7056. ($35)

Snoqualmie Tunnel bike ride

  Adults Only Family Friendly

Saturday, June 7
Ride through the Snoqualmie Tunnel Saturday, June 7. It’s nearly two miles long! From there, we’ll snake our way around the hills and over old train trestles on our way to Rattlesnake Lake. The best part? It’s all downhill! Bike, helmet, gloves and headlamp are included in the trip fee. Difficulty: easy; distance: 22.5 miles; ride time: 3.5 hours. Minimum age: 14 ($50) Popular Family trip; in-house trip with NAC expert guides

Ape Cave adventure

    Adults Only

Saturday, June 7
Travel to Mount St. Helens to explore the largest continuous lava tube in the Western Hemisphere. On Saturday, June 7, we’ll travel deep into the underside of a 2,000-year-old lava flow to scramble under and climb over volcanic formations. In this subterranean environment, the average year-round temperature remains a constant 45 degrees, so dress warmly. Difficulty: moderate; distance: 3 miles; elevation gain: 250 feet. Minimum age: 12 ($40) In-house trip with NAC expert guides

Whitewater raft the Wenatchee

  Adults Only Family Friendly

Sunday, June 8
Join us for a trip down the Wenatchee River. We’ll put in near the Bavarian town of Leavenworth and paddle through many class-III rapids. Join us Sunday, June 8 for a nice day in the sun. No rafting experience is necessary; instruction and gear are included. Ask about private trips for groups and units; groups of 24 or more are just $60 per person. Minimum age: 12 ($65; add $10 for a barbecue meal) Popular Family trip; in-house trip with NAC expert guides

Sol Duc Hot Springs

  Exceptional Needs Family Friendly

Sunday, June 8
Soak in the Olympic National Forest at Sol Duc Hot Springs Sunday, June 8. There are three mineral hot spring soaking pools and one freshwater pool. Temperatures vary between the pools, allowing you to find the perfect one in which to relax and soak. Each mineral pool is drained and cleaned nightly for health and safety. ($50; ages 4–12: $40; ages 0–3: $25) Popular Family trip; reasonable accommodations can be made for persons with special needs

June 9-15
Open-water scuba certification
The first level of any diver’s education, open-water certification is offered June 9–15. Pick a class, register and earn the card you need to dive anywhere in the world! The goal is to make you a safe, confident and competent diver. With this certification, you can dive at a maximum of 60 feet. To take this class, you must be able to swim continuously for 200 yards and tread water or float for 10 minutes. There are academic requirements that involve lectures, quizzes and exams. Minimum age: 15 ($195)

Waterfall tour

Adults Only Exceptional Needs Family Friendly

Saturday, June 14
Explore the greatest concentration of waterfalls in the continental United States Saturday, June 14. We’ll travel along the Historic Columbia River Highway, which has an abundance of small waterfalls viewable from the road, stopping at at least five major waterfalls. One stop will feature the world-famous Multnomah Falls, which plunges more than 620 feet from its origins. We’ll also enjoy lunch in Hood River, Ore. Trip fee does not include lunch. ($65; ages 5–12: $40; ages 0–4: $15) Popular Family trip; reasonable accommodations can be made for persons with special needs; in-house trip with NAC expert guides

Kayak Cutts Island

  Adults Only Family Friendly

Sunday, June 15
Don’t miss this South Sound classic Sunday, June 15! Paddle in Carr Inlet, take a dip and explore the island over lunch. Difficulty: easy; time: 4 hours. Minimum age: 12 ($40) Popular Family trip; in-house trip with NAC expert guides

Sunday, June 15
Skykomish raft and ribeye
Get your heart pounding with this rafting trip! Your expertly guided rafting adventure includes nine miles of class III–V whitewater rapids. Three miles into the trip, you’re faced with the infamous class-V “boulder drop.” This drop challenges even the most experienced boaters. Exhilarating rapids will continue to keep your adrenaline pumping all nine miles. And don’t worry — a photographer will be there to capture the most memorable moments so you can share them with your friends, Family and co-workers (photos are available for viewing and purchase). At the end of your trip, you’ll enjoy a quick shuttle back to the River House for a delicious dinner (included in the price). The onsite cafe means you can also enjoy an adult beverage or espresso if you’d like. You must be a confident swimmer to participate in this trip. Sign up for the Sunday, June 15 and treat dad for a Father’s Day he won’t soon forget! Difficulty: beginner; time: 10 hours. Minimum age: 16 ($120)

 

Sea kayak skills class

    Adults Only

Tuesday, June 17
There are five levels of the two-hour skills class. The first time you come, you’ll be taught proper paddling techniques and buddy rescue. The second time, we’ll cover edging maneuvers and self-rescue. The third time, you’ll learn recovery techniques and muscle memory exercises for the roll. The fourth class will cover multi-day kayak trip prep and t-rescue. The fifth and final class focuses on the roll. You may start at any time and master as many of the five levels you’d like. After the fifth level, you can continue to work on your roll. Upcoming classes are scheduled for Tuesdays, May 20 and June 17. Minimum age: 12 ($25; prepay for five classes: $100) In-house trip with NAC expert guides

 

NEW THIS MONTH:
Learn techniques and strategies for fishing in Washington
The Outdoor Recreation program is teaming up with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife to teach this free clinic for JBLM DOD ID cardholders. On Saturday, April 5 (or at the Saturday, April 19 womens-only clinic), you’ll get familiar with basic lowland lake fishing techniques and strategies while fishing for trout and panfish. Subject matter covered will include:
• Equipment needed to go fishing.
• Bait fishing and spin casting.
• Casting techniques and practice.
Equipment will be available as props and to practice with during the clinic. Those wishing to try to catch a fish in American Lake must have a valid Washington State fishing license. Active military personnel stationed in Washington are eligible for resident license fees. Visit wdfw.wa.gov or call 253-967-6263 for more details. This clinic is free, but registration is still required: JBLMmwrRegistration.com.

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