Outdoor Adventure Day Trips
Teens and families, experience the magic of the great outdoors with the Y!
The Puget Sound is home to amazing outdoor spaces, and it’s an excellent place for single-day outdoor adventures. With a fully-stocked gear library and expert staff, we have all the equipment and expertise to take you hiking, natural rock climbing, snowshoeing, or kayaking — no experience necessary! Come prepared to meet new people, try different things, have fun, and challenge yourself.
The Y offers a variety of outdoor day trips for teens and families! No previous experience is necessary. Transportation is offered from various Y locations across King County, and all equipment is provided, including extra warm layers and waterproof jackets!
Snowshoeing is a unique and fun way to get outdoors in the winter. After a few basic exercises, even beginner snowshoers will be able to walk, or waddle, away with the skills and knowledge necessary to master traveling in the snow.
Rock climbing tests both mental and physical abilities, and is a great way to step into your challenge zone and learn something new. We will have a variety of routes available to climb, from beginner to intermediate levels. No previous experience is necessary. Gear and transportation are provided. Exact location is weather-dependent.
What better way to get exercise and take in the mountain views? This is an all-levels hike, but please be prepared to hike for at least three miles. We’ll take plenty of breaks and move at a comfortable pace.
Learn basic paddling strokes before taking to the water to explore Mercer Slough as a group. No previous experience is necessary, but please come prepared to be on the water for several hours.
Our instructors are experienced outdoor educators with an extensive background working in the outdoors. All instructors are also trained in wilderness medicine. Each instructor team consists of at least one wilderness first responder with the supporting instructors holding certifications in wilderness first aid.
There are 10 participants max on each program with 2 instructors.
Having the right gear for your adventure will make your experience more enjoyable. Packing lists will be provided in advance, and the Y will provide all technical and group gear. Your instructors will help check all your gear at the start of the program. They may ask you not to bring something that you’ve packed or provide you with an alternative to what you have brought. This is done for efficiency and to ensure that you have the appropriate gear. If you have questions about gear, please contact our outdoor team at (206) 382-5009 or email@example.com.
Single-day outdoor activities are introductory and are appropriate for participants who have never been on this type of adventure before. Participants new to this type of adventure can be successful if they are very motivated, open to learning new skills, willing to work closely as a team, and are able to demonstrate leadership skills. You do not need to have any outdoor experience to participate, and you do not need to be an athlete. Being in shape and physically active before you arrive is helpful but is not required on introductory experiences. Come prepared to meet new people, try new things, have fun, and challenge yourself.
The YMCA of Greater Seattle is a permit holder for a range of public lands that include local, state, and national parks. Each adventure travels to a different location depending on the activity. Examples include the Mercer Slough Nature Park, Olallie State Park, Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, and more! All groups must operate within the rules of the permits.
Outdoor adventures start and end at local YMCA facilities, which will have restrooms available. Many trailheads will also have restroom facilities that can be used before embarking on the adventure. During the trip, participants will be instructed on the art of “Leave No Trace” outdoor bathroom etiquette in the backcountry. All instructors are trained in “Leave No Trace” and will have the necessary supplies to support participants.
This refers to a set of outdoor ethics promoting conservation in the outdoors. It is built on seven principles:
• Plan ahead and prepare
• Travel and camp on durable surfaces
• Dispose of waste properly
• Leave what you find
• Minimize campfire impacts
• Respect wildlife
• Be considerate of other visitors
While on a Y adventure, we expect every participant to uphold and practice the "Leave No Trace" principles.
Yes, please pack a non-perishable lunch and snacks, and bring water.
The safety of our participants is our top priority. Travel in the outdoors always involves risk. The most important thing we do to mitigate risk in our programs is to be certain our instructors follow our safety policies and practices. Trip protocols have been reviewed by our Risk Management Advisory Board, which includes Y staff and industry leaders. In the event there is an emergency, we have developed an extensive Emergency Action Plan (EAP) that includes communication with Land Managers, such as the National Park Service, and provides support for all of our groups out in the field. All office staff and instructors have been trained in the EAP. Instructors are all certified in CPR and Wilderness First Aid, and some have additional Wilderness First Responder training. Instructors are the first to provide emergency care and will provide initial medical care to the level of their training. Our office has medical staff on-call to provide further assistance when necessary.
Lost & Found
The YMCA of Greater Seattle is not responsible for any lost, damaged, or stolen items. Please label all belongings. We will attempt to reunite lost items with owners if items are labeled.
Contact our Camping & Outdoor Leadership admissions team at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (206) 382-5009.
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