Seattle Jr. MAC Overnight Snow Camp - Silver Springs Campground

Youth activity: Junior MAC

Seattle Jr. MAC Overnight Snow Camp - Silver Springs Campground

This is a snow backpacking trip close to the campground listed. We will snowshoe along a forest service road (7175) and set up camp, build furniture out of snow, build caves and practice other snow skills. We will be less than a mile away from our cars, which makes this a good first snow camping experience.

  • Moderate


We will spend the weekend snowshoeing in and camping in the snow.


  • Trip Sheet: Trip Sheet will be posted within the 2 weeks prior to the trip.
  • Parking: [Any parking passes needed?]
  • Carpool: [Link from]
  • Weather: [Link Wunderground, NOAA, and/or other weather forecasts]
  • Road Conditions: [note if 4WD or high clearance vehicle required/recommended; link WSDOT reports for passes; link Mt. Rainier Twitter if heading to Paradise, etc]
  • Guests: If spots are still available one week prior to the trip, email [NAME] to request that a friend or sibling be able to join.
  • Land Acknowledgement: We will be recreating on the lands/waters of the Pacific Northwest Indian Tribes, including the [peoples with ancestral lands where we are - use this map to determine], who live here and steward these lands and waters as they have since time immemorial. The Seattle Mountaineers Youth Clubs encourage you to recreate mindfully and respectfully on our upcoming trip to these native lands.



  • Snowshoes or trekking poles: Let the trip leader know
  • Other gear: Submit your request to the gear library

Silver Springs Campground

Required Equipment

Required Equipment


  • 1-2 person tent*
  • Metal, collapsible snow shovel*
  • Snowshoes* 
  • Trekking poles*
  • Backpacking backpack
  • Sleeping bag* (could bring two and put one inside the other if necessary or liner + sleeping bag; Mountaineers can provide)
  • Sleeping pad* (could bring two; foam ones will be more insulated)
  • Tarp (to put under your sleeping pad and wrap over you to protect from drips in the cave)
  • Pack cover or plastic bag for water repellence


  • Wool/synthetic socks (at least two pairs)
  • Boots (insulated, waterproof)
  • Long sleeve (synthetic)
  • Long underwear (synthetic)
  • Warm jacket (fleece or wool)
  • Warm pants (fleece or wool)
  • Snow pants (two ideally so you have a non-frozen pair for the morning)
  • Gaiters*
  • Rain jacket 
  • Heavy Down jacket
  • Underwear (at least two pairs; synthetic) 
  • Warm hat (wool or synthetic)
  • Brimmed hat
  • Waterproof gloves/mittens/liner gloves (at least two pairs; you can't have too many pairs of gloves in my opinion)
  • Masks (multiple)/Hand sanitizer


  • Sunglasses/goggles (Polarized, broad spectrum UV protection)
  • Sunscreen
  • Bowl, Cup, Spoon
  • Stove + fuel*
  • Water filtration device
  • Water bottles (at least two liters)
  • Headlamp/flashlight (spare batteries and/or second headlamp)
  • Hand/foot warmers


  • Tea candles (optional)
  • Full change of clothes for sleeping
  • Full change of clothes for in the morning (don't want you to be having to put on frozen clothes you used for digging the day prior)
  • Change of clothes in the car
  • any other 10 Essentials not mentioned here
  • Toiletries (including blue bag; we won't have access to a bathroom)


  • Whisk broom for sweeping out snow
  • Rubber gloves for smoothing out snow cave walls
  • Snow saw (for igloos)
  • Bivvy bag
  • Sleeping bag liner


 Booties for the night.  Remember to have a complete set of dry socks and underwear to sleep in. Some people bring small battery-powered Christmas lights to put by the entrance of their tents.


  • Snowshoes: Email the trip leader
  • Other gear: Submit your request to the gear library
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