Five Unique Places
Rustic Mountaineer lodges and properties
provide a base camp for field trips and fun in the natural beauty and wild
environment of Washington State. The Lodges accommodate from 30-97 people with
commercial kitchens and bunk space similar to the European hostels and several offer their own private wooded camping and outdoor activity area. The natural
world is just steps away from each.
Located in the Cascades and
on the west side of Puget Sound, next to ancient forests and salmon streams,
they are located in beautiful places for year around exploring.
Skiing in winter and mountain to desert
wildflowers, wildlife, and wilderness are easily accessed from the Cascade
Mountain lodges in summer. Puget Sound and Hoods Canal are both a short distance from the
Kitsap Property. A salmon stream and a lowland ancient forest abut the Kitsap
Winter in the Cascades
brings skiing, snowshoeing, backcountry skiing. In summer the hills blossom
with alpine flowers and wildlife, followed by the color of fall, before the
return of winter white. Summer brings hiking, climbing, scrambling, mushroom
hunting, and photography. At the lowland Kitsap Property, Spring brings the
Forest Theater plays and rhododendron blooms. Summers are cool in the forest
filled with birds and wildlife. In fall, the salmon return filling Chico Creek.
Baker Lodge (4,300 ft elevation) is in the North Cascades at the end of
the Mt Baker Highway (542) from Bellingham. The lodge is in the Heather Meadows
area of the Mt. Baker Recreation Area surrounded by the North Cascades National
Park and the Mt. Baker Wilderness Area.
Kitsap Property (near sea level) is located on the Seabeck highway to
Hoods Canal, 7 miles out of Bremerton, on Mountaineer property. The
Kitsap campus contains historic cabins for meeting and sleeping, a large (1,000
seat) outdoor theater next to a salmon stream and 200 acres of ancient lowland
forest. Several salmon bearing streams pass through
the Kitsap property and it is midway between Dyes Inlet on Puget Sound and Hoods
Canal to the west.
Meany Lodge (3,000
ft elevation) is located
over Snoqualmie Pass, near Stampede Pass on Mountaineer property. This
property and lodge is on the East side of the Cascades. But, when the snow is
gone, there are mushrooms galore. For the mushrooms, spring is in June and the
fall flush begins in September and peaks in October. Summer brings wild
strawberries and blueberries. It is within walking or snowshoe distance of the
Stampede Pass weather station.
ft elevation) is on
Mountaineer property at Snoqualmie Pass on
I-90. The 77 acres alpine wooded property is close to Seattle and
closer to the Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area. The Campus across I-90 on the south of
the Alpine Lakes Wilderness and next door to the Pacific Crest and John Wayne Trails. Snoqualmie Campus is located at the dividing lines of
coastal and interior ecosystems, as well as the convergence of hemlock and
silver fir forest zones puts it in prime position for comparisons and contrasts
of different forest ecosystems. It has several wetlands providing a great
variety of native plant life.
Stevens Lodge (4,100
ft elevation) is located at
Stevens Pass on Highway 2 from Everett. The lodge is at the northern side of
the Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area. Close to the Iron Goat Trail and many trail
accesses into the Wilderness.
How the Lodges work:
are operated and maintained by volunteer committees of Mountaineer members.
Guests come to enjoy and to help by assisting with cooking, cleanup, and snow
accommodations are in dorms that can be separated as needed by your group.
No alcohol is served at events shared with Mountaineer members.
need to be made at least 3-4 weeks in advance of the event. Some events require
certified hosts, which are often Mountaineer volunteers.
lodge cooks and hosts need guest counts ahead of time to properly purchase food
and prepare the lodge for guests, refunds cannot be given for signups not
cancelled by the signup deadline. The only exceptions are when the lodge
cannot be opened for operation. The Committee Chair, not a lodge host, is the
authorized to give refunds
See Mt. Shuksan from
the dining room windows. Enjoy the mountains and valleys in the Mt.
Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest and the wilds of Mt. Baker Wilderness Area and
the North Cascades National Park. Baker Lodge is located on Forest Service land
at Heather Meadows.
In summer, snowfields
turn into wildflowers and blueberries. Mountains are climbed without lifts,
white becomes green, then yellow and red. The fall colors in late September
& October are spectacular. The geology, botany, and wildlife is diverse and
within easy reach.
Forest Service trails begin within a five-minute walk from
the lodge. The lodge is within walking distance of
several easy to moderate hikes and within driving distance of over twenty
additional hiking, snowshoe, or backcountry trails. The abundance of wild
flowers in mid-summer, red huckleberry bushes and vine maples in the fall
provide an excellent opportunity for photographers and naturalists.
The area is noted for its early snowfalls and deep winter
snow pack. By Thanksgiving, summer
trails start to turn into backcountry ski trails through a winter wonderland. The lodge
is a great base for skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, and back county skiing.
routes are located a short drive from the lodge. There are a number of backcountry ski touring trails in the
surrounding hills -- to destinations such as Artist Point, Table Mountain, and
Herman Saddle -- is especially good in the spring.
Lodge Capacity is: 62
Facilities: Dorms with bunks that can
be segregated according to group needs; Men?s & Women?s Restrooms;
Commercial Kitchen; Dining Room; and two sitting/lounge areas. Electricity is
generated with a propane generator. Facility and water heating, and cooking is
done with propane appliances. A trained host is required to open, close, and
maintain the facility during use. Baker?s only connection to civilization is
the Forest Service water pipe.
Baker certified host is
required to open, close, and maintain the lodge during all stays. Payment must
be received at least three days prior to the lodge stay.
Contact Dale or Linde
Kisker at 206-365-9508 or firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Special Events at Baker Lodge:
Thanksgiving Weekend ? The four days beginning the night before
Thanksgiving thru Sunday
Winter Week ? The days following Christmas thru New Year?s Day
Easter Weekend ? Spring skiing and fun for the kids
Ski to Sea Race ? Memorial Day weekend ? Three-days to enjoy the race
and do some spring skiing
Summer Week ? A week in August to enjoy some vacation time in the
meadow, mountains, and trails of Mt. Baker
Seasons: Winter begins at Thanksgiving and
runs through Easter. The lodge also opens for the Ski to Sea Race on Memorial
Day weekend. Summer starts in late July and runs through October.
Kitsap Cabin & Property
The property is a Washington State Heritage Site. Kitsap
Cabin and campus are being restored. The Mountaineer property is surrounded by
one of the few remaining lowland forests. In fall, salmon return up the stream.
It is a perfect place for conservation, naturalist, and photography outings.
Sea kayakers use the cabin as a midpoint between Dyes Inlet and Hoods Canal.
The Forest Theater is a spectacular outdoor lecture ?hall.?
THE PLAY is held every year in the Forest Theater. Enjoy
the play and splashes of pink native rhododendrons among the beautiful
evergreens starting in late May and into the month of June.
The club acquired the initial 76 acres in 1916. Mountaineer women
completed the Kitsap cabin two years later while the men were away fighting
World War I. Over the years, acreage was added to the property, mostly by
member donations, until The Mountaineers owned 200 acres. In 1980's, The
Mountaineers transferred ownership of the 180-acre forest to The Mountaineers
Foundation, which put the land into a nature conservancy to preserve it
forever. The Foundation has since added about 100 acres as a buffer to this
On the remaining 20 acres, still owned by The Mountaineers club,
are Kitsap Cabin and the Forest Theater, one of the oldest outdoor theaters in
In addition to Kitsap Cabin are several buildings that provide
dormitory and storage space to be used by the Players and other visitors to
Lodge Capacity is:
Main Dining Hall:
seating for 40
Tenting and RV sites available
Facilities: The Kitsap Property is a campus in a natural
forest consisting of Kitsap Cabin, a segregated dorm building, segregated
restrooms and showers building, the Forest Theater, and other auxiliary service
buildings. Dining and meetings
take place in Kitsap Cabin. The cabin has a beautiful wood-burning stone
fireplace and a commercial gas range with two ovens. The outdoor Forest Theater
can hold up to a 1,000 people.
Contact: Scott Eby
Special Events at Kitsap Property:
THE PLAY! Starts Memorial Day weekend and continues thru
the weekends of June
Seasons: Kitsap has them all! Kitsap is at
sea level and open year around.
Snoqualmie Campus is located just an hour from downtown
Seattle. Right at the summit of Snoqualmie Pass, Snoqualmie Campus is nestled in
trees with a beautiful views down the valley to Eastern Washington and across to Rampart Ridge. The Campus
is a natural oasis at the Summit of the pass, located right in between Summit
Central and Summit West.
The Campus provides easy year round access to nature with free parking and or easy bus drop off area for group activities. The slopes are great for snowshoeing, avalance training, LNT, MOFA, winter and snow cave camping, sledding etc... After the snow leaves, there are wetlands and many native mountain plants right on the hills and meadow all summer long. Access to the Pacific Crest Trail, Iron Horse Trail
and Gold Creek are just minutes away. The Gold Creek trail goes around a beaver
pond and often visitors can see nesting birds of prey.
Snoqualmie is next to the spectacular Alpine Lakes
Wilderness Area and close to hundreds of hiking trails. It is an easy walk or a
short car jaunt from the Campus to many trailheads that lead to mountain views,
lakes, and streams.
Campus offers several picnicing and camping areas and can accommodate large groups and or several small groups scattered out over the 77 acre Campus.
Facilities: The Campus has the Coleman Memorial Picnic sheltor, two flushing toilets, water and electrical hook up for event tents or trail. Additional toilets can be arranged as needed.
Call 424-434-6177 for more information and reservations. Payment must be received
at least 2 weeks prior to the Campus stay.
Contact Mary Lynch or Donna Osseward at 425-434-6177 or email snoqualmieproperty@ yahoo.com for details.
Special Events at Snoqualmie Campus:
Snowshoe Expo in January
Seasons: Winter begins with the snows
of December and ends with the lack of snow in March. Summer starts in July and
Fall ends when the snow flies again sometime in November.
Meany Lodge & Property
You can make Meany the place for your next getaway
retreat. There is a host of
audio-visual equipment available and several sizes of meeting rooms as wells as
a crew of volunteers that will help make your next meeting or retreat a
When the snow melts, Meany hosts a variety of exciting and
educational events. In the summer, there is the Family Hiking and Kite Flying
Weekend. In the fall, we co-host a
gourmet mushroom weekend. Throughout
the year, there are several Mountaineering Oriented First Aid seminars offered
Meany Lodge is the Mountaineer?s destination ski
lodge. Three miles south of I-90 near
Stampede Pass, Meany is accessible in winter only by Snow Cat or cross-country
There are 32 distinct ski runs at Meany Lodge from milk
toast mild to serious steeps & deeps.
With a limit of 97 overnight guests on a weekend, there?s never a crowd
on the slopes.
Meany maintains almost 1.5 miles of groomed cross-country
trails on the property and there is unlimited access to roads and trails in the
surrounding areas as well. The Meany Winter Sports Program provides lessons in
all winter sliding sports: down hill, cross-country and telemark skiing and
snowboarding. This is the only
certified Professional Snow Sports Instructor Association program in the
Lodge Capacity is 97
Facilities: The lodge has three dorm
rooms There are men & women?s restrooms with showers (recently remodeled
with handicapped access), kitchen, great room with dining. Cooking is done in a
commercial kitchen with gas range (two ovens). Heating is by wood burning
Special Events at Meany Property:
Boxing Day & Winter week ? Meany opens for the
week between Christmas and New Years.
Mushroom Weekend ? Search and collect mushrooms
with the Mycological Society. The event ends with a gourmet dinner.
Hiking Weekend ? The first weekend in August Meany
hosts a family hiking weekend with guided hikes to neighboring lakes etc. This weekend also features gourmet meals and
an evening program.
Seasons: Winter begins at Meany on
Boxing Day (the day after Christmas) and runs into March, depending on the
snow. Summer and Fall begin in July and go through October.
In summer, Stevens Lodge is on Forest Service land within
walking distance of hiking trails and peaks to climb. The historic Iron Goat
Trail that follows the old Great Northern railroad route over the pass is only
minutes away. Also it is not far from the historic town of Wellington the site
of one of the worst railroad disasters in the nation's history.
Nestled among the trees at Stevens Pass, rustic Stevens
Lodge offers a comfortable and cozy place located right next to a great
downhill area with eleven chairlifts, groomed slopes, and
lighted night skiing.
The Lodge?s 4,100-foot elevation creates the excellent snow conditions
for which the area is famous. From the
Lodge door, you can ski down to the nearest chairlift with little effort, and
from the Brooks or Skyline Express lifts; you can ski back to the Lodge ? a great
situation for any skier or snowboarder.
Backcountry skiers have a variety of interesting tours nearby. The Nordic Center in Mill Valley has 30
kilometers of groomed
double tracks with a skating
Lodge Capacity is 55
Facilities: Four segregated dorms on two floors, great room
with fireplace and dining, commercial kitchen with commercial gas range. Men
& Women?s restrooms & showers.
Contact Don Preston 425-489-9608 for rates and dates.
Winter can begin Thanksgiving Weekend. The winter lodge
opens with the Stevens Pass ski area and remains open through the weekends the
ski area is open ? usually March or early April.
Summer season is usually July through August.