- Recreation Resources
Fishing in Washington
Road Biking Puget Sound
WA State Ferry System Resources
Popular swimming areas
Boating information and boating licensing
- Washington ski resort information
- Crystal Mountain
- Mission Ridge
- The Summit at Snoqualmie
- White Pass
- Washington State Parks
- Cape Disappointment State Park
- Dash Point State Park
- Deception Pass State Park
- Flaming Geyser State Park
- Sun Lakes-Dry Falls State Park
- Tolmie State Park
- Wallace Falls State Park
- Mount St. Helens
National Parks in Washington
- Mount Rainier, road status, weather, hiking/camping, fees and permits
- Free annual pass for U.S. Military: America The Beautiful (National Park Pass) Annual Pass. Cost: $80 annual pass. Available for everyone. Purchase at: https://www.nps.gov/olym/planyourvisit/national-parks-and-federal-recreational-lands-pass.htm
Find more resources in the dropdowns below.
- Alpine Club
We offer beginner and intermediate courses in a variety of adventure activities like rock climbing, backcountry skiing, snowboarding and mountaineering! Some of our trips require prior skills in the discipline you're participating (you may sign up for a course to gain those skills). See our calendar page for future beginner courses. If you already have skill and experience, come in and take a challenge skill test (free) and be exempted form the courses. It's that easy! We provide the technical gear you need including boots and/or rock shoes. The only things you need to provide are backpacks, food, and clothing!
To join Alpine Club, simply stop by the Northwest Adventure Center or Adventures Unlimited and speak to one of our cashiers. Membership is not required to attend any of our climbs or courses. The community meetings are once a month in which you are welcome to come ask questions and chat with other interested parties.
- Backcountry Skiing & Splitboarding
Ski across the Cascades this winter without any lift lines! Backcountry skiing is growing in popularity and backcountry access is increasing. Don’t miss the opportunity to see amazing alpine wilderness and truly unforgettable skiing next winter!
If you haven't had the opportunity to explore the two mountain ranges surrounding us, this is your chance! There are more hikes than you could do in one year in the Cascades and Olympics. Each hike will take you to new views, different plant and animal life, snowmelt lakes and sensationally serene landscapes.
Pierce County family hikes
- Leisure Tours
When it's safe to do so, we're excited to head out with you to explore some of the incredible sights in this state! We offer a van and a personal driver to take you around Washington and beyond to see waterfalls and whales, drink wine and handcrafted beer or bike through the tulip fields! Contact us about getting a private tour to an event or activity with your friends and Family.
- Mountain Biking
Until we can lead you on epic mountain biking adventures like biking through an old train tunnel or through fields of tulips, check out the places you can explore on your own. We have the gear you need for your bike trip!
Local mountain biking trails:
Capitol State Forest
- Private Trips
Our professional guides can help you plan a trip to any destination you can imagine! We provide the transportation for you in our vehicles, so you can relax and enjoy the journey along the way. Trips depart from the Northwest Adventure Center and are open to active duty personnel, retirees, DOD civilians, your families and non-military guests.
Planning an itinerary
Our guides can assist you with your itinerary options, including departure and arrival times, rest stops, stops at multiple locations and lunch and/or dinner options while traveling. We can help create a budget that includes transportation fees, group event/venue discount tickets, parking fees, ferry and bridge tolls and other travel costs. Some destinations offer special midweek discounts and can be less congested for your group, allowing for more personal tours.
Popular destinations include:
• Seattle: Seattle Aquarium, Space Needle, Pike Place Market, Pioneer Square, Ride the Ducks, Woodland Park Zoo and Argosy cruises.
• Mountains: Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument, Mount Rainier National Park, White Pass, Crystal Mountain, Stevens Pass and Snoqualmie Pass.
• Olympic Peninsula
• Victoria, B.C.
• Wine tasting or brewery tours
• Mountain biking, hiking and backpacking
• Sea kayaking and whitewater rafting
• Horseback riding
• Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing
• Snow camping
Prices, payment and cancellation
Costs vary according to the number of participants, trip duration, mileage, tickets and other fees (the larger the group, the less each person pays). Full payment is required seven days prior to trip departure. The NAC accepts cash, checks and credit cards. If you cancel a trip outside 48 hours before trip departure, we'll refund the cost unless actual expenses have been made. A $10 processing fee is applied when you cancel a trip. MWR reserves the right to cancel a trip due to circumstances beyond our control.
- Rock Climbing
Rock climbing in Washington offers thousands of varied routes from small cliffs to thousand-foot multi-pitch outings, comfy ledges, lofty summits and great views. There are great handholds with plenty of edges and holes to climb on. Opportunities to get involved with this thrilling sport will return soon.
Climbing locations and resources:
- Sea Kayaking
Kayaking the waters of the Puget Sound is truly an adventure. We have everything to suit your ever curious kayaking needs, and the Pacific Northwest is one of the most diverse and sensational places to do it!
If you haven't had the opportunity to get on a snow machine, the adrenaline rush awaits you next winter! If that isn't enough of an adrenaline rush for you, we also offer snowmobile-access backcountry skiing! Take the sleds to the top of Sasse and ski down, and enjoy a fun ski jour with a rope behind the snowmobile on your way back up!
Snowshoeing involves walking through deep snow with a mechanism on your boots designed to keep you from sinking through! Hike your way through the views of this amazing state with us! The Pacific Northwest is a unique location, its mountains offering visitors tranquility in its vast forests, high alpine lakes and breathtaking scenery. Visit winter wonderlands of the Cascades and Olympics, everywhere from Mount St. Helens to Hurricane Ridge and everywhere in between. If you're curious about strapping on snowshoes and getting to some incredible sights, join us for all-inclusive adventures this winter!
- Stand-Up Paddle Boarding
Stand-up paddleboarding is a quickly rising favorite activity. With the power to take you on the ocean, lakes, even down rivers, it's a versatile and exceptional activity for the entire family. In the past couple of years, people have crossed oceans and set records on a SUP, they have surfed giant waves and put on incredible competitions on standing river waves! Head out on an adventure on American Lake and rent from the Northwest Adventure Center.
- Whitewater Rafting
Washington is filled with rivers accessible for whitewater rafting, ranging from beginner level to intermediate and advanced. Whatever experience you want, our river trips reliably deliver thrills! Our expert guides are excited to take you on a trip you'll never forget right here in your backyard. Stay tuned for whitewater rafting adventures returning to the calendar!
Have a blast in the great outdoors!
While trips and classes are currently unavailable due to COVID mitigation strategies, there are still plenty of ways you can get outdoors... and we're still here to help! We've compiled a list of resources, plus we have the gear you need -- available for rent or purchase!