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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

August

Saturday, Aug. 2
Sporting clays competition

Join us for this exciting 10-station, 100-target fun shoot Saturday, Aug. 2. Sporting clays simulates the unpredictability of live-quarry shooting, offering a variety of trajectories, angles, speeds, elevations, distances and target sizes. Often described as golf with a shotgun, this is a great way to improve your skills. Registration begins at 9 a.m.; shooting begins at 10:30. For more information, call the Skeet Range at 253-967-7056. ($35)

Saturday, Aug. 2
Wine, kayak & beer tour

This Saturday, Aug. 2 trip starts at the Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery for a private tour and tasting. You’ll have plenty of time to walk around the beautiful grounds of the winery or purchase wine you can only get at the Chateau. As the summer sun sets slowly toward Seattle, you’ll find yourself and your friends paddling the Sammamish River to the Red Hook Brewery. Dinner is your destination as you slowly unwind — paddling, talking and relaxing. The air is filled with the scent of ripened blackberries and the sounds of bicyclists and hikers on the nearby Sammamish River Trail. Natural wildflowers and foliage decorate the river banks. Trip fee includes kayaking equipment, private winery tour and the brew tour. You’re responsible for dinner costs. No paddling experience necessary. Minimum age: 6, with a parent ($95)

 

Snoqualmie Tunnel bike ride

  Exceptional Needs Family Friendly

Saturday, Aug. 2
Join us as we ride through the Snoqualmie Tunnel — it’s nearly 2 miles long — Saturday, Aug. 2. Once out of the tunnel, we’ll snake our way around the hills and over old train trestles on our way to Rattlesnake Lake. Guide and gear are included. The best part is it’s all downhill! Difficulty: easy; distance: 22.5 miles; ride time: 3.5 hours. Minimum age: 14 ($50) Popular Family trip; reasonable accommodations can be made for persons with special needs

Sunday, Aug. 3
Ape Cave adventure

Travel to Mount St. Helens to explore the largest continuous lava tube in the Western Hemisphere. On Sunday, Aug. 3, join us to 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 ($45)

Sunday, Aug. 3
ATV RiderCourse™

In this half-day course, ATV Safety Institute instructors will guide you through the fun and excitement of safely riding an ATV. We ride rain or shine, so dress for the weather for this Sunday, Aug. 3 class. The trip fee includes ATV, helmet and goggles. ASI ATV RiderCourse Certification will be awarded upon completion. Minimum age: 16 ($35)

Aug. 4-10
Open-water scuba

The first level of any diver’s education is open-water scuba. 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. You must meet the requirements, which are to swim continuously for 200 yards and be 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 Aug. 4–10. Minimum age: 15 ($195)

Saturday, Aug. 9
Mountain biking single-track skills class

If you’ve always wanted to give mountain biking a try, this is the time! Join us Saturday, Aug. 9 for a guided ride designed for beginners to intermediate riders looking to try something new. You’ll spend the day learning the basics, while getting plenty of time to work on your newfound skills. We provide the bike, helmet, gloves and transportation. The location will be determined based on conditions. Difficulty: easy–moderate; distance: 5–8 miles; ride time: 4 hours. Minimum age: 12 ($35)

Saturday, Aug. 9
Hike Fremont Lookout
On Saturday, Aug. 9, wander through some of the most spectacular mountain and alpine parkland scenery in the country (it’s closed for much of the year). On clear days, the views from this historic structure are amazing. You’ll be able to see Glacier Peak, Mount Stuart and even Mount Baker. Watch for mountain goats that frequently rest along the northside of the ridge as it drops off the trail’s end. This trip is great for Families wanting to experience a little part of Mount Rainier. Difficulty: moderate; distance: 5.6 miles; elevation gain: 800 feet; time: 4 hours. ($45)

Seattle Aquarium and Pike Place Market

Exceptional Needs Family Friendly

Sunday, Aug. 10
Go to the Seattle Aquarium and Pike Place Market with us Sunday, Aug. 10. The aquarium is filled with local exhibits, a visiting harbor seal and many hands-on exhibits. Pike Place Market has an assortment of unique food and shops for you to try. The trip fee includes admission to the aquarium. ($40; ages 4–12: $35; ages 0–3: $15) Popular Family trip; reasonable accommodations can be made for persons with special needs

Saturday, Aug. 10
Kayak Cutts Island

Don’t miss this South Sound classic Saturday, Aug. 10! Join us for a paddle in Carr Inlet, where we’ll take a dip and explore Cutts Island while breaking for lunch. Difficulty: easy; time: 4 hours. Minimum age: 12 ($45)

Aug. 11-17
Open-water scuba

The first level of any diver’s education is open-water scuba. 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. You must meet the requirements, which are to swim continuously for 200 yards and be 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 Aug. 11–17. Minimum age: 15 ($195)

Saturday, Aug. 16
Bungee jumping

Head to the base of Mount St. Helens to bungee jump off the highest bungee bridge in the country Saturday, Aug. 16. A full 20 stories high, the private bridge is nestled in an emerald forest above a river. If adrenaline is what you crave, you won’t be disappointed. Trip fee includes transportation, two jumps and the coveted Dangerous Sports Club T-shirt. Meet at McChord Field’s Adventures Unlimited at 7:30 a.m. or the Northwest Adventure Center at Lewis North at 8 a.m. Minimum weight: 90 lbs. ($135)

Orca whale watching

  Exceptional Needs Family Friendly

Saturday, Aug. 16
Breathe the fresh island air, take in the scenery and experience the magnificence of orca whales, bald eagles, seals, birds and more in the beautiful San Juan Islands Saturday, Aug. 16. We’ll travel deep into the territory of the resident orca pods. With skilled local naturalists on board, your 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. ($120; ages 3-12: $80; ages 0-2: $40) Popular Family trip; reasonable accommodations can be made for persons with special needs

Sunday, Aug. 17
Raft the White Salmon River

Raft down the White Salmon River Sunday, Aug. 17. Along the trip, you’ll experience numerous class-III rapids until you reach the end of the trip and the legendary 10-foot-high Husum Falls (dependent on water levels, class-IV). Meet at McChord Field’s Adventures Unlimited at 9 a.m. or the Northwest Adventure Center at Lewis North at 9:30 a.m. Minimum age: 10 ($110)

Sunday, Aug. 17
Hike Paradise

This fun hike to Panorama Point via the High Skyline Trail is Sunday, Aug. 17. On clear days, you can see all the way down to Oregon’s Mount Hood! Meet at the Northwest Adventure Center at Lewis North at 8 a.m. or McChord Field’s Adventures Unlimited at 8:30 a.m. Difficulty: strenuous; distance: 5.5 miles; elevation gain: 1,700 feet; average time: 5 hours ($40).

Saturday, Aug. 23
Hope Island day kayak

Join us for a nice paddle and walk around Hope Island’s beaches and tide pools Saturday, Aug. 23. Hope Island offers visitors the chance to see wildlife such as bald eagles, harbor seals and starfish. Meet at McChord Field’s Adventures Unlimited at 9 a.m. or the Northwest Adventure Center at Lewis North at 9:15 a.m. Paddle distance: approximately 6 miles. Minimum age: 15 ($40)

Saturday, Aug. 23
Skydiving

Imagine the thrill of jumping from an altitude of up to 13,000 feet! Skydive over Washington Saturday, Aug. 23. Feel the adrenaline rush of freefall, and experience the roaring sound of the wind. Wearing a harness connected directly to the tandem parachute system, you and your instructor will jump together and accelerate to 120 mph, freefalling for about 60 seconds. At about 5,000 feet, your instructor will open the parachute, and then you can assist in steering the parachute during the 4–6 minute ride down. Gear, instruction and transportation provided. Meet at McChord Field’s Adventures Unlimited at 9:30 a.m. or the Northwest Adventure Center at Lewis North at 10 a.m. Minimum age: 18 ($225)

Sunday, Aug. 24
Hike Mount Rainier’s Camp Muir

The route to Camp Muir gives hearty hikers a small taste of what alpine climbers experience. Find out for yourself Sunday, Aug. 24. The trail stretches high up the flank of Mount Rainier, toward the upper mountain where alpine climbers play. This strenuous 10-mile round-trip hike isn’t for everyone since it entails substantial snow travel. Fee includes a guide. ) Meet at the Northwest Adventure Center at Lewis North at 7 a.m. or McChord Field’s Adventures Unlimited at 7:15 a.m. Difficulty: very difficult; elevation gain: 4,600 feet. Minimum age: 12 ($50)

Explore Victoria, B.C.

  Exceptional Needs Family Friendly

Sunday, Aug. 24
Hop on the ferry and spend the day exploring Victoria, B.C., by foot Sunday, Aug. 24. Downtown Victoria has everything from antique shops to artisan chocolate shops. Plus, you can 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. A passport is required. Meet at the Northwest Adventure Center at Lewis North at 4:30 a.m. or McChord Field’s Adventures Unlimited at 5:00 a.m. ($100; ages 5-11: $85; ages 0-4: $55) Popular Family trip; reasonable accommodations can be made for persons with special needs

Visit Seattle Outlets & Tulalip Casino

  Exceptional Needs Family Friendly

Saturday, Aug. 30
This trip to the Seattle Premium Outlet Mall in Marysville is for the serious bargain-hunter. On Saturday, Aug. 30, spend a full day with us browsing stores such as Oakley Vault, The North Face, Coach and Chico’s. If you get tired of shopping, a short walk will bring you to Tulalip Resort Casino. The trip fee includes round-trip transportation. Meet at the Northwest Adventure Center at Lewis North at 9 a.m. or McChord Field’s Adventures Unlimited at 9:15 a.m. ($35) Popular Family trip; reasonable accommodations can be made for persons with special needs; in-house trip with NAC expert guides

Waterfall tour

Adults Only Exceptional Needs Family Friendly

Saturday, Aug. 30
Explore the greatest concentration of waterfalls in the continental United States Saturday, Aug. 30. We’ll travel along the Historic Columbia River Highway, which has an abundance of small waterfalls viewable from the road. On our trip, 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. Plus, we’ll break for lunch in Hood River, Ore. The trip fee includes round-trip transportation. Meet at McChord Field’s Adventures Unlimited at 8:15 a.m. or the Northwest Adventure Center Lewis North at 8:30 a.m. ($65; ages 5-12: $40; Infants Ages 0-4: $15) Popular Family trip; reasonable accommodations can be made for persons with special needs; in-house trip with NAC expert guides

Sunday, Aug. 31
Hike Fremont Lookout

Spend a full day wandering among some of the most spectacular mountain and alpine parkland scenery in the country Sunday, Aug. 31. On clear days, the views from this historic structure are amazing — you’ll be able to see Glacier Peak, Mount Stuart and even Mount Baker. Watch for mountain goats that frequently rest along the north side of the ridge as it drops off the trail’s end. This trip is great for Families that want to experience a little part of Mount Rainier. Meet at the Northwest Adventure Center at Lewis North at 8 a.m. or McChord Field’s Adventures Unlimited at 8:15 a.m. Difficulty: moderate; distance: 5.6 miles; elevation gain: 800 feet; time: 4 hours. Minimum age: 7 ($45)

Introduction to mountain biking

    Family Friendly

Sunday, Aug. 31
If you’ve always wanted to try mountain biking, this instructional ride on Sunday, Aug. 31 is for you! Spend the day learning the basics, while getting plenty of time to work on your newfound skills. We’ll provide the bike, helmet, gloves and transportation. The location will be determined based on conditions. Difficulty: easy; distance: 5–6 miles; ride time: 4 hours. Meet at McChord Field’s Adventures Unlimited at 8 a.m. or the Northwest Adventure Center at Lewis North at 8:30 a.m. Minimum age: 12 ($35) Popular Family trip

Sept. 6–7
Kayak Blake Island

Join us for a weekend of kayaking to Blake Island Sept. 6–7. We’ll spend two days and one night camping at one of Washington’s amazing boat access-only state parks. Once we get to the island, everyone will have a chance to set up camp and relax on the grass or explore one of the many trails Blake Island has to offer. We’ll join the Tillicum Village Salmon bake and cultural show for dinner where we’ll be greeted with an appetizer of steaming clams in nectar broth. Inside the longhouse, watch as whole chinook salmon are cooked over an alderwood fire on cedar stakes in the traditional style of the Northwest Coast Indian. Meals are served buffet-style and include a menu of traditional Indian-style baked salmon, warm Tillicum whole-grain bread, new red potatoes, long-grain and wild rice, fresh salad bar and Boehms chocolate salmon dessert. There is a pretrip Meeting Wednesday, Sept. 3 at the Northwest Adventure Center at 5:30 p.m. Difficulty: Beginner-intermediate; distance: 4 miles; paddle time: 5 hours over two days. Minimum age: 14 ($150)

Snoqualmie Tunnel bike ride

  Exceptional Needs Family Friendly

Saturday, Sept. 6
Take a ride through the Snoqualmie Tunnel — it’s nearly 2 miles long — with us Saturday, Sept. 6. From there, we’ll snake our way around the hills and over old train trestles on the way to Rattlesnake Lake. The best part? It’s all downhill! Difficulty: easy; distance: 20 miles; ride time: 3 hours. Trip fee includes guide, bike, helmet, gloves and headlamp. Meet at McChord Field’s Adventures Unlimited at 8 a.m. or the Northwest Adventure Center at Lewis North at 8:30 a.m. Minimum age: 14 ($50) Popular Family trip

Sunday, Sept. 7
ATV RiderCourse™

In this half-day course, ATV Safety Institute instructors will guide you through the fun and excitement of safely riding an ATV. We ride rain or shine, so dress for the weather for this Sunday, Sept. 7 class. The trip fee includes ATV, helmet and goggles. ASI ATV RiderCourse Certification will be awarded upon completion. Meet at the JBLM ORV Park at 9 a.m. Minimum age: 16 ($35)

Discover Mount St. Helens

Adults Only Exceptional Needs Family Friendly

Sunday, Sept. 7
Experience the volcano responsible for the deadliest and most economically destructive volcanic event in the history of the United States. Come along Sunday, Sept. 7 as we explore the beauty and natural history of Mount St. Helens. We’ll visit Johnston Ridge Observatory, some interpretive trails and stare straight into the huge crater left by the blast of 1980. Bring your lunch, water, camera and jacket. Guide and visitor center admission included. Meet at or McChord Field’s Adventures Unlimited at 8:30 a.m. or the Northwest Adventure Center at Lewis North at 9 a.m. ($40; ages 7–15: $30; ages 6 & younger: $15) Popular Family trip; reasonable accommodations can be made for persons with special needs

Pike Place Market/Ride the Ducks

  Exceptional Needs Family Friendly

Saturday, Sept. 13
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 Seattle Saturday, Sept. 13. From aboard amphibious World War-II vehicles, you’ll see downtown Seattle, 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. We’ll also have time to explore Pike Place Market’s shops and booths. Meet at the Northwest Adventure Center at Lewis North at 9 a.m. or McChord Field’s Adventures Unlimited at 9:15 a.m. ($45; ages 3–12: $35; ages 0–2: $30) Popular Family trip; reasonable accommodations can be made for persons with special needs

Leavenworth Wine Walk

   

Saturday, Sept. 13
Stroll, sip and sample your way through Washington’s Bavarian Village during the annual Leavenworth Wine Walk on Saturday, Sept. 13. Your Wine Walk passport provides a souvenir wine glass and tasting of up to 60 different wines, a bottle tote, walking map, discount coupons and prizes. Enjoy live music at the gazebo and unique downtown shops throughout the day. Leavenworth Wine Walk is a fundraising event for Cascade Farmlands Association, promoting culinary and ag-tourism in North Central Washington. Meet at the Northwest Adventure Center at Lewis North at 9 a.m. or McChord Field’s Adventures Unlimited at 9:15 a.m. Minimum age: 21. ($90 per person or $155 per couple)

Raft the Tieton River

  Exceptional Needs Family Friendly

Saturday, Sept. 13
When most other rivers in the Pacific Northwest have run out of water, the Tieton River rafting trip provides an excellent season finale. The yearly release of water from Rim Rock Lake each September turns the Tieton River into a big wave, class- III+ roller coaster. With steep gradient and guaranteed water, a whitewater Tieton River trip offers non-stop action from start to finish. Take the wild ride Saturday, Sept. 13. Grilled dinner included. Meet at the Northwest Adventure Center at Lewis North at 9 a.m. or McChord Field’s Adventures Unlimited at 9:15 a.m. Difficulty: class III; distance: 18 miles; paddle time: 2.5 hours. Minimum age: 10. ($125) Popular Family trip

Bottom fishing

    Exceptional Needs

Sunday, Sept. 14
Get out on the open water and start hauling in fish with us Sunday, Sept. 14. We’ll head out on a chartered boat trip out of Westport where rockfish are always plentiful and lingcod are real fighters! Dress in layers and bring raingear, fishing license, lunch, drinks and snacks. Bait and tackle are provided. Meet at the Northwest Adventure Center at Lewis North at 4:15 a.m. ($130) Reasonable accommodations can be made for persons with special needs

Sunday, Sept. 14
Hike Comet Falls

On Sunday, Sept. 14, explore Van Trump Park and view one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Mount Rainier National Park—Comet Falls that falls nearly 300 feet from its origins. Difficulty: moderate; distance: 5 miles; elevation gain: 1,700 feet; time: 4 hours. Don’t forget your camera! Meet at the Northwest Adventure Center at Lewis North at 8 a.m. or McChord Field’s Adventures Unlimited at 8:15 a.m. Minimum age: 12 ($40)

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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