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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. Private Trips Brochure

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.comReasonable accommodations can be made for persons with special needs; popular Family trip; trip with NAC expert guides; add $20 for lunch & souvenir cup

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Stand-up paddleboard the Skykomish  

Exceptional Needs Family Friendly

Saturday, July 18
Join us for a stand-up paddleboarding trip down the beautiful Skykomish River Saturday, July 18. We’ll travel from Big Eddy through the many exciting class-I and -II rapids to the riverside town of Sultan. When the river level is low, this is the best way to enjoy it! Gear, transportation and instruction on how to SUP on a river are included. Difficulty: Intermediate and prior SUP experience or introduction to stand-up paddleboarding class is required. Intro to SUP class is required. Meet at the Northwest Adventure Center at 8 a.m. Ask about our private trips for groups and units. ($65) Popular Family trip; trip with NAC expert guides

 

July 18–19
Overnight paddle  
Take a night kayaking tour of the Salish Sea, an area known for the magnificent glow of bioluminescent plankton. Truly a unique experience, this trip is July 18–19. Gear, transportation, dinner, breakfast and instruction are all provided in the cost. There is a pre-trip meeting at the Northwest Adventure Center Friday, July 17 at 5:30 p.m. Difficulty: beginner–intermediate; distance: 4 miles; paddle time: 3 hours spread over two days. Minimum age: 16. Preregistration is required before Wednesday, July 15 at 5 p.m. Meet at the NAC at Lewis North at noon. ($100)

 

Explore Victoria, B.C.    

Exceptional Needs Family Friendly

Saturday, July 18
Hop on the ferry and spend the day exploring Victoria, B.C. by foot or bike with us Saturday, July 18. The downtown area has everything from antique stores to artisan chocolate shops to explore. Plus, you can also stop in at the Royal B.C. Museum or watch a thrilling IMAX film. The trip fee includes walk-on round-trip ferry ticket and transportation to and from Port Angeles. Guided bicycle tour is an optional add-on and includes guide, bike and helmet. Meet at the Northwest Adventure Center at Lewis North at 4:45 a.m. or McChord Field’s Adventures Unlimited at 5 a.m. Preregistration is required before Wednesday, July 15 at 5 p.m. A passport is required. ($110; ages 5–11: $85; ages 0–4: $55; add a guided bike tour: $50) Reasonable accommodations can be made for persons with special needs; popular Family trip

 

Sunday, July 19
Westport bottom fishing   
Head to Westport for some bottom fishing — rockfish are always plentiful and lingcod are real fighters — Sunday, July 19! Dress in layers. Bring lunch, snacks and water. Meet at the Northwest Adventure Center at Lewis North at 4 a.m. Preregistration is required before Friday, July 17, 5 p.m. ($130)

Sea kayak skills class   

Adults Only

Tuesday, July 21
The Outdoor Recreation program offers five levels of our two-hour kayak skills class.

  1. Level one: proper paddling techniques and how to buddy      rescue
  2. Level two: edging maneuvers and self-rescue
  3. Level three: recovery techniques and muscle memory      exercises for the roll
  4. Level four: multiday kayak trip prep and t-rescue
  5. Level five: the roll.

The next class is Tuesday, July 21. You may start at any time and master as many of the levels as you’d like! Meet at Kimbro Pool inside McVeigh Sports & Fitness Center at 7:30 p.m. Minimum age: 12 ($25) Class with NAC expert guides

Sunset stand-up paddleboarding  

Adults Only

Wednesday, July 22
Join us for a leisurely sunset stand-up paddleboard adventure on American Lake Wednesday, July 22. All ages are welcome, but children 12 and younger must be on a board with an adult. Meet at Northwest Adventure Center at Lewis North at 6 p.m. ($30; ages 3–12: $20; add $20 for steak dinner and souvenir cup) Trip with NAC expert guides; add $20 for lunch & souvenir cup

Pike Place Market/Ride the Ducks  

Exceptional Needs Family Friendly

Saturday, July 25
Coast Guard-certified maritime captains will take you on a musical tour of Seattle Saturday, July 25 aboard amphibious World War-II vehicles. See Pike Place Market, historic Pioneer Square and funky Fremont before splashing into Lake Union for a spectacular view of the city skyline. You’ll also have time for shopping and great food. Meet at the Northwest Adventure at Lewis North at 9 a.m. or McChord Field’s Adventures Unlimited at 9:15 a.m. ($50; ages 3–12: $40; ages 0–2: $30) Reasonable accommodations can be made for persons with special needs; popular Family trip

Saturday, July 25
San Juan Island kayak day trip   
This one-day kayaking trip feature fantastic views of the Olympic Mountains and British Columbia's Vancouver Island. Join us Saturday, July 25, as we paddle along the west side of San Juan Island and enjoy the beauty of storm-sculpted evergreens and rocky cliffs covered in grasses and wildflowers. We’ll see dense kelp forests that sway in the currents and the steep cliff shores sprinkled with purple sea stars and barnacles. Keep an eye out on this trip — we could see orca whales, along with other oceanic wildlife. The trip fee includes ferry pass, launch fees, gear, instruction and duide. Difficulty: easy; distance: 4 miles; time on water: 3 hours. Meet at the Northwest Adventure Center at Lewis North at 4 a.m. ($150) 

Sunday, July 26
Hike Mount Rainier’s Camp Muir    
The route to Camp Muir gives hearty hikers a small taste of what alpine climbers experience. The trail stretches high up the flank of Rainier, toward the upper mountain where alpine climbers play. Experience it for yourself Sunday, July 26. This strenuous 10-mile round-trip hike isn't for everyone since it does entail substantial snow travel. Difficulty: very difficult; elevation gain: 4,600 feet. Meet at the Northwest Adventure Center at Lewis North at 6 a.m. or McChord Field’s Adventures Unlimited at 6:15 a.m. ($60)

Stand-up paddleboard Leavenworth   

Family Friendly Adults Only

Sunday, Aug. 2
Join us Sunday, Aug. 2 and go stand-up paddleboarding on the calm section of the beautiful Wenatchee River. You’ll learn the ins and outs of SUP on the calm section of Icicle Creek. By the time we reach the Wenatchee, you can use your newfound river skills to navigate to the waterfront park next to Blackbird Island. This is an intermediate SUP trip; prior experience or introduction to SUP class is required. Minimum age: 16. Meet at the Northwest Adventure Center at Lewis North at 8 a.m. Ask about our private trips for groups and units. ($65) Popular Family trip; trip with NAC expert guides

Ape Cave adventure  

Adults Only

Sunday, Aug. 2
Travel to Mount St. Helens to explore the largest continuous lava tube in the Western Hemisphere Sunday, Aug. 2. 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.  Meet at the Northwest Adventure Center at Lewis North at 8 a.m. ($45) Trip with NAC expert guides

Sunset stand-up paddleboarding  

Adults Only

Wednesday, Aug. 5
  Join us for a leisurely sunset stand-up paddleboard adventure on American Lake Wednesday, July 22. All ages are welcome, but children 12 and younger must be on a board with an adult. Meet at Northwest Adventure Center at Lewis North at 6 p.m. ($30; ages 3–12: $20; add $20 for steak dinner and souvenir cup) Trip with NAC expert guides; add $20 for lunch & souvenir cup

Waterfall tour  

Exceptional Needs Family Friendly Adults Only

Saturday, Aug. 8
Explore the greatest concentration of waterfalls in the continental United States Saturday, Aug. 8. We’ll travel along the Historic Columbia River Highway, which has an abundance of small waterfalls viewable from the road. Along the way, we’ll stop at at least five major waterfalls to include the world famous Multnomah Falls, which plunges more than 620 feet from its origins. We’ll enjoy lunch in Hood River, Ore. The trip fee includes round-trip transportation; lunch is on your own. Meet at the Northwest Adventure Center at Lewis North at 8:30 a.m. ($65; ages 5–12: $40; ages 0–4: $15) Reasonable accommodations can be made for persons with special needs; popular Family trip; trip with NAC expert guides

Seattle Aquarium/Pike Place Market  

Exceptional Needs Family Friendly

Saturday, Aug. 8
Visit two Emerald City favorites — the Seattle Aquarium and Pike Place Market — with us Saturday, Aug. 8. The aquarium is filled with local exhibits and many amazing things to see and touch. Pike Place Market has an assortment of unique shops to explore. Meet at the Northwest Adventure Center at Lewis North at 9:30 am. The trip fee includes admission to the aquarium. ($50; age 4–12: $40; ages 0–3: $30) Reasonable accommodations can be made for persons with special needs; popular Family trip

Introduction to single-track mountain biking   

Family Friendly

Sunday, Aug. 9
Spend Sunday, Aug. 9 learning the basics of mountain biking. Meet at the Northwest Adventure Center at Lewis North at 8:30 a.m. Difficulty: easy; distance: 5–6 miles; ride time: 4 hours. Minimum age: 12 ($35) Popular Family trip

Sunday, Aug. 9
Raft the White Salmon River  
Raft down the White Salmon River with us Sunday, Aug. 9. Along the trip, we’ll experience numerous class-III rapids until we reach the legendary 10-foot high Husum Falls (dependent on water levels, class-IV) at the end of our journey. Meet at the Northwest Adventure Center at Lewis North at 9:30 a.m. Preregistration is required before Wednesday, Aug. 5 at 5 p.m. ($110)

Saturday, Aug. 15
Bungee jumping or zip line adventure  
If adrenaline is what you crave, you won’t be disappointed in this Saturday, Aug. 15 trip! Head to the base of Mount St. Helens to bungee jump off the highest bungee bridge in the country. Zip line over the canyon for an adventure in the trees on seven different zip lines. Meet at McChord Field’s Adventures Unlimited at 9 a.m. or at the Northwest Adventure Center at Lewis North at 9:15 a.m. Preregistration is required before Wednesday, Aug. 12. Bungee jumpers get two jumps and a T-shirt. Minimum weight: 90 lbs. ($135 each)

Saturday, Aug. 15
Hike Paradise  
Join us Saturday, Aug. 15 on this fun hike up to Panorama Point via the High Skyline Trail. On clear days, you can see all the way to Oregon’s Mount Hood! Difficulty: strenuous; distance: 5.5 miles; elevation gain: 1,700 feet; average time: 5 hours. Meet at the Northwest Adventure Center at Lewis North at 8 a.m. or McChord Field’s Adventures Unlimited at 8:30 a.m. ($45)

Sunday, Aug. 16
Bike Lopez Island   
A bicyclist's paradise, Lopez Island is known as the “Friendly Isle.” Join us Sunday, Aug. 16 to ride around this 15-mile island, one of the most peaceful and relaxed islands in the San Juan chain. Once we’re on Lopez Island, we’ll cycle past driftwood-scattered beaches to Spencer Spit for stunning views of the snow-capped Cascade Mountains 50 miles away on the mainland. Further south, we’ll get to Shark Reef Sanctuary, where seals fish and bask in the sunshine. Lastly, we’ll stop Lopez Village, the only village on the Island, which is beautifully situated at the north end of Fisherman Bay. It has a good range of delis, bakeries and restaurants, as well as an organic winery, to explore. Minimum age: 16 ($115)

Sunday, Aug. 16
Intermediate whitewater kayak instruction    
This Sunday, Aug. 16 course is designed for the kayaker who already has basic whitewater kayaking skills and wants to improve technique or develop new skills. Other times, students aren’t sure exactly why they’re uncomfortable in their kayak and need help assessing what goals are appropriate. With this information, as well as a brief history of your experience, we choose from multiple locations to find the ideal setting to achieve your goals. The trip fee includes lunch. Minimum age: 14. Meet at the Northwest Adventure Center at Lewis North at 5 a.m. ($200)

Orca watching 

Exceptional Needs Family Friendly

Sunday, Aug. 16
Breathe the fresh island air, take in the scenery and experience the magnificence of the orcas, bald eagles, seals, birds and more in the beautiful San Juan Islands. Sunday, Aug. 16, we’ll sail deep into the territory of the resident orca pods. With skilled local naturalists on board, our trip will be fun, exciting and informational. Meet at the Northwest Adventure Center at Lewis North at  5:30 a.m. or McChord Field’s Adventures Unlimited at 5:45 a.m. Preregistration is required before 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 12. ($120; ages 3–12: $80; ages 0–2: $40) Reasonable accommodations can be made for persons with special needs; popular Family trip

Open-water scuba The first level of any diver’s education, the goal of open-water scuba is to make you a safe, confident and competent diver. With this certification, you can dive at a maximum of 60 feet. The requirements are: swim continuously for 200 yards and able to tread water or float for 10 minutes. There are academic requirements that involve lectures, quizzes and exams. Upon completion of the course, you’ll receive a certification card that recognizes you as an open-water diver, allowing you to dive anywhere in the world! Join us for this week-long course July 7–13 or July 14–20. Minimum age: 15 ($195)

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July
11, skykomish raft and ribeye - $120
19, Full day on the white salmon - $200

Aug
9, half day on the white salmon
river - $110
16, intermediate White water Kayak $200

Sept
5, raft the Tieton - $125
19, Half day on the white salmon river - $110

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