Pathfinders - Tacoma - 2023

Youth Program


Year-round adventure for youth age 6-10 and their families!

Please read this description in its entirety before registering.

Note: Pathfinders membership is $450 in total for the year. Members may register here and pay in full, or you may contact to set up a quarterly payment plan.

We offer financial assistance! To apply for financial assistance click here.

Our Pathfinders  program provides youth ages 6-10 and their parents/guardians with the opportunity to get outside twice a month. Pathfinders is designed to expose youth to a variety of outdoor activities and have fun! Participants will have the chance to climb, hike, snowshoe, paddle, explore, and learn how to be safe in the outdoors. The group will be supported by Mountaineers staff, but parents will be expected to play an active role in planning, supervising, and possibly even leading some trips. Staff will provide opportunities for parents to advance their own outdoor skills as well as learn key skills for leading kids safely in the outdoors. This program will focus on skill-building for both youth and adults, and on building an outdoor community.

*Note that while  parents/guardians are expected to be active participants in the club, there is plenty of flexibility so that youth can participate in a trip even if a parent/guardian can't make it.

Pathfinders is a club and requires a time commitment and program fee of $450 (which can be paid in quarterly installments). In return, members gain a community of outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy spending time learning skills together. As families grow through our programs, lifelong friendships are built. When graduates of our teen program come home from college, they meet up with other Mountaineers friends to go hiking, backpacking and climbing. This program is just the beginning.

Note: Youth ages 6-10  register as participants, and therefore pay the registration and program fee. Parents should become a Qualified Youth Leader and then register for the Pathfinders program as a  Chaperone (there is no fee for this).

Pathfinders members generally are offered two weekend outings per month. One of the trips will be for Pathfinders families only, while the other trip will be a joint trip for both Pathfinders and Explorers members. We do this in an effort to both build a larger community and make logistics easier for families with siblings in different groups.

Parents who have children in the 9-10 age range may choose which program better suits their child's needs. Pathfinders-only trips will be shorter, easier, and less technical, while Explorers-only trips may be longer, more strenuous, and place more emphasis on developing technical skills. 

Program Requirements
Program Activity Date Availability Leader
Tacoma Pathfinders & Explorers Joint Activity (optional)
Vantage (Frenchman Coulee)
Sat, Apr 27, 2024 -
Sun, Apr 28, 2024
Registration closed Apr 18
5 participants
1 chaperone
0 instructors
Fri, May 24, 2024 -
Sun, May 26, 2024
Registration closes May 22
6 participants
Palouse to Cascades Trail
Sat, Jun 15, 2024
Registration closes Jun 13
5 participants
Youth Trip
Sat, Jul 20, 2024
Registration closes Jul 18
7 participants
Deception Pass State Park
Fri, Aug 23, 2024 -
Sun, Aug 25, 2024
Registration closes Aug 21
4 participants
TAC PAT - Activity (optional)
Dungeness Spit
Sat, May 11, 2024
Registration closes May 9
4 participants
Pete & Spectacle Lakes
Sat, Jun 8, 2024 -
Sun, Jun 9, 2024
Registration closes Jun 6
4 participants
Mount Fremont Lookout, Berkeley Park & Skyscraper Mountain
Sat, Jul 13, 2024
Registration closes Jul 11
6 participants
Henskin Lake
Sat, Aug 10, 2024
Registration closes Aug 8
5 participants
TAC PAT Meeting (optional)
Tacoma Program Center
Tue, May 14, 2024
Registration closes May 13
4 participants
Tacoma Program Center
Tue, Jun 4, 2024
Registration closes Jun 3
4 participants
Required Equipment

All required equipment, with a few exceptions, is available to be borrowed from the Mountaineers. Before each trip, an itinerary/packing list will be distributed to the group that details all necessary gear and information for the trip. 

If families want to bring their own gear, here are some items you may find useful for most trips:


Hiking boots

Wool socks

Non-cotton active clothing and insulating layers

First Aid Kit


Program Materials

There are no materials for this program.