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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

Trips in July, August, and September, Registration EXTENDED - closes May 7, Register below

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. Registration required two-and-a-half months before your trip date to accommodate pre-trip meetings.

  • July 9-10 - Men's Trip, $30, Register
  • July 23-24 - General Trip, $30, FULL
  • July 30-31 - Women's Trip, $30, Register
  • August 6-7 - Couples Trip, $30, Register
  • August 13-14 - Mom's Trip, $30, FULL
  • August 20-21 - General Trip, $30,  FULL
  • August 27-28 - General Trip, $30, FULL
  • September 3-4 - BIPOC Trip, $30, Register

Interested in guiding with Ancient Paths? Reach out to Nick Rubesh for more information.

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

Questions? Contact John Wayne Seitzler.

Bethany Wilderness Ministry Upcoming Events

BWM Cycling Club

Fourth Saturday of the month, March-October, Register
Next Ride Saturday, May 28, 9am, Bethany Green Lake to Seattle Clover Leaf, App. 30 mile loop, 1,200’ elevation

Do you enjoy cycling? Do you have a heart for refugees? Join the Bethany Cycling Club in its 2nd year of cycling throughout Seattle! Grab your helmet, grab your rig, and saddle up with other cyclists from Bethany to get outside, build community, and grow together. Bethany Cycling Club rides will take place on the fourth Saturday of each month, starting March 26. Route and mileage adjust each outing. All attendees must complete registration to participate.

  • May Ride - Saturday, May 3, 9am, Bethany Green Lake to Seattle Clover Leaf: Leaving from the church, this loop heads west to Ballard and Golden Gardens, out to Magnolia’s Discovery Park, and back through South Lake Union (SLU) to Green Lake. Approximately 30 mile loop, 1,200’ elevation.

Please email Mike Teeny at michael.teeny400@gmail.com with any questions. 

BWM Intro to Backpacking Trip

Pre-trip meeting May 24th, Backpack trip June 11th-12th, $15, Register

If you have some day hikes under your belt and you're looking to take the next step this summer and start backpacking then this is the trip for you. Join BWM for this intro to backpacking trip to Packwood Lake. The backpack will be 10 miles round trip with 600 ft of elevation gain. This trip does have a pre-trip meeting to discuss backpacking basics and gear packing.

Ebey Landing Day Hike

June 18, Registration coming soon


Oyster Dome Day Hike

June 21, Registration coming soon

Hex Mountain Day Hike

June 25, Registration coming soon

Stand-up Paddleboarding at Green Lake

June 26, Registration coming soon

Bouldering Night

July 7, Registration coming soon

Discovery Park Trail Run

July 7,  Registration coming soon

Day Hike

July 12, Location TBD, Registration coming soon

Trekking Trips

August 24-28 or September 7-11, Goat Rocks Wilderness, $200, Registration for 2022 is now closed
Embark on a five-day, four-night Trekking Trip into the heart of the Goat Rocks Wilderness through the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) and Lily Basin trail. Along the way, you'll see massive wildflower meadows and ancient glaciers. Take a dip in either Goat Lake, Sheep Lake, or one of the many glacial-fed streams. Climb the high mountain passes and ascend Old Snowy Mountain all while taking in 360-degree views of Mt. Rainier, Mt. Adams, and Mt. St. Helens. 
Enjoy the opportunity to be in community and grow alongside your guides and group through once-a-month meetings** beginning in February, preparing you for a Trekking Trip experience unlike any adventure.
Every group is led through this exciting spiritual and physical expedition by a well-trained two or three-person guide team. Our Trekking Trip guides tailor each trip to the unique dynamics of each group and work hard to ensure your safety as you learn about wilderness travel. Come spend a week in the wilderness with us and experience adventure, challenge, and transformation with your Trekking Trip team. 
*No previous outdoor experience required.
**All pre-trip meetings are mandatory.

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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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