Cascade Lakes Backpacking

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Grade: 8-10Location: Camp SealthDate(s): Session 7Cost: $1100 & up

A great backpack trip for beginners! Visit the stunning lakes of the north Cascades for this 3-day backpacking trip. Familiarize yourself with outdoor living skills and bask in the beauty of several different back-country lakes. Spend two nights away, then come back to camp in time to enjoy some classic camp activities.

What to Expect

This trip is ideal for beginning backpackers, with easy terrain and short hikes each day. Depart from Camp Sealth on Day 2 for your adventure where you will explore the back-country. Return to Camp Sealth after two nights away for two days of classic camp activities like challenge course, archery, arts and crafts, and more!


Youth must meet the age/grade requirement for this program. This is a beginner-level backpack trip, so the physical fitness requirements are minimal. Youth should be physically able to hike up to 3-4 miles each day at an easy pace and carry at least 20 pounds in a backpack.

All Adventure programs operate as gender-inclusive groups. 

Adventure Camps from Camp SealthWhat to Bring

For backpacking trips, compact and lightweight gear is recommended, as campers will also be carrying food and group gear. In addition to the regular Camp Sealth packing list, participants should also bring:

  • Warm sleeping bag
  • Warm outdoor clothes (fleece and wool work best)
  • *Backpacking pack
  • *Sleeping pad
  • 2 sturdy water bottles
  • Sturdy, lightweight hiking boots + extra socks
  • Warm hat
  • Thermal underwear (optional)
  • Headlamp (optional)

*These items can be borrowed from camp if you don’t have your own


Adventure trip leaders are experienced in leading trips and outdoor activities, are at least 21 years of age, and have WFA or WFR certification. Some activities will take place more than 30 minutes away from EMS access; staff will carry a satellite phone throughout the trip.