Wilderness

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Bethany Wilderness Ministry exists to facilitate transformational encounters with Christ, community, and creation. We seek to provide a diverse array of trip options from day-hikes, backpacking trips, snowshoe trips, car camping trips, urban hikes, and other outdoor excursions.

Bethany Wilderness Ministry was founded in the summer of 2000 and has successfully facilitated outdoor ministry for over 20 years. Whether you are new to Seattle, new to Bethany, or new to the outdoors, we hope you will join us on one or more of our trips as we look to grow in relationship with Christ and others through the context of creation.

Ancient Paths experiences

Registration is closed for Summer 2020

Connect with Christ and engage with your story through the text of creation and the practice of spiritual disciplines on a fully-guided Ancient Paths Experience. Join one of our generic experiences or select an age or gender-specific trip to connect with others in your demographics. 

For more information, please visit the Spirit, Soul, Body website.

Questions? Contact John Wayne Seitzler.

Bethany Wilderness Ministry Upcoming Events*

*Please note: To ensure the safety of all participants, all upcoming events will follow the phase guidelines of King County's Safe Start Plan.

Park Butte Backpacking Trip

Saturday, July 11-Sunday, July 12, $20, Multi-day, Ages 18+, Register

Join us on this beautiful backpacking trip in the Mount Baker area with great views of mountains, waterfalls, and wild mushrooms. The hike is 7.5 miles round trip with an elevation gain of 2,200 ft.

Beckler Peak Day Hike

Saturday, July 18, Stevens Pass, $7, Ages 18+, Register

This is a moderate 7.6 miles roundtrip hike with 2240 feet of elevation gain. We will hike through old-growth forest adjacent to the Wild Sky Wilderness. Several switchbacks will take us higher and higher first reaching a pretty, open ridge, full of alpine blueberry shrubs. Then we'll encounter rocky outcroppings of brilliant, sparkling white granite. Finally, nice rock steps lead us to the summit at 5760 feet which offers views (weather permitting) of Glacier Peak, Baring, Index, the Monte Cristo Range, and Evergreen Mountain.

Dewey Lake/Naches Peak Loop Trail Day Hike

Wednesday, August 5, All-day event, Ages 18+, Register

Join us on this mid-week hike to Dewey Lake near Mt. Rainier which features good views of the mountain. This hike is 6 miles round trip with 600 feet of elevation gain. 

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Serve as a Wilderness Ministry Leader

The BWM leader position is unique, requiring an ability to lead groups in the outdoors, lead spiritual formation, and volunteer time and energy to serve with behind-the-scenes ministry logistics. It is also rewarding, with a community of leaders who support each other, hike together, and study together as a bi-weekly small group. For more information about what it means to be a volunteer leader, please check our detailed Leader Description. To apply to be a leader, please complete the Leader Application Form and send it in via email.

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