SEAPAX Campout at Scenic Beach, June 25-27

The annual SEAPAX campout is just around the corner, and the weather may actually turn into summer just for our event! We will be meeting at Scenic Beach State Park on the Olympic Peninsula on June 25 and spend two nights. Come for all three days, just one night or just a day. This is a great opportunity to get to know more of your SEAPAX colleagues and to just relax for a weekend.

We’d like to know if you’re coming–to reserve your spot, please send a note to the campout coordinator, Catherine Swanson. Also, please carpool if you can. Send Catherine a note if you can offer or need a ride.

Fees are only $10 for members, $15 for non-members, for the whole weekend. Meals are on your own.


Among the activities planned are two hikes, one a hill climb and the other a wetlands walk. Descriptions are from the WTA website. More activities will be announced at the camp.

Green Mountain. Along with neighboring Gold Mountain, Green Mountain makes up the rooftop of the Kitsap Peninsula. Granted, at a grand ol’ elevation of 1639 feet it isn’t exactly nosebleed-inducing. But Green offers enough relief above the surrounding low country-and sits right in the middle of the peninsula-to offer an eagle’s-eye view of a lot of saltwater and snowcapped mountains.

Theler Wetlands. Spend a couple of hours or all day exploring a wildlife-rich estuary at the farthest reaches of fjordlike Hood Canal. Let eagles, osprey, herons, otters, and deer captivate you on this hike through grassy wetlands and along the Union River.

About the Camp

Scenic Beach is a 88-acre camping park with 1,500 feet of saltwater beachfront on Hood Canal. The park is known for its wild, native rhododendrons and stunning, clear-day views of Hood Canal and the Olympic Mountains. ADA-compliant paths lead visitors to a country garden, gazebo, rustic bridge and huge trees. A wide variety of birds and wildlife call the area home. The park is ideal for those who appreciate outstanding natural venues for outdoor activities.

The park features beautiful views of Hood Canal and the Olympic Mountains, flowers of wild rhododendrons in spring, and a rocky beach where oysters may be harvested in season.

Group Camp, situated above Hood Canal, in a wooded, primitive setting, accommodates 20 to 40 people. Facilities include a vault toilet, 5 small BBQs, 1 large BBQ, 2 fire rings, and a water post on site.

From State Highway 3, take Newberry Hill Road south to its end, (approx.2.5 miles), turn onto Seabeck Highway, travel south 6 miles to Scenic Beach Road, turn right, travel for 1 mile to park entrance.