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BWM_Header.jpgBethany Wilderness Ministry (BWM) facilitates transformational encounters with Christ, community, and Creation. Founded in the summer of 2000, BWM has successfully facilitated outdoor ministry for over 20 years through Ancient Paths Experiences, Trekking Trips, and Wilderness Ministry.

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.

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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One of the best ways to stay up-to-date with Wilderness Ministry is to sign up for our monthly newsletter. Learn more about what we've been up to, meet our fantastic leaders, and be the first to learn about upcoming trips and opportunities. Sign up below!

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Upcoming Events

Rock On Climbing Group

Bi-weekly Seattle Bouldering Project climbing sessions rotating between SBP Poplar and SBP Fremont
Second and Fourth Mondays, January 9–April 10, 6:30-8:30pm, Cost: SBP climbing pass, All climbing abilities welcome!, Register

Climb all the time and want some new buddies? Don't climb at all but have been wanting to try? Looking to connect with other active people at Bethany? Come join our bi-weekly climbing group. We will be meeting the second and fourth Monday of each month at SBP. The second Monday will be at Fremont SBP and the fourth Monday will be at Poplar SBP. All climbing abilities are welcome! Hope to see you all there!

Snoqualmie Beginner Snowshoe

January 28, 8am, $15, Difficulty: Easy, 3-5 miles round trip, mostly flat, Register

This snowshoe trek goes along the Iron Horse trail near Snoqualmie. We will snowshoe between 3-5 miles round trip with minimal elevation gain, depending on how the group is feeling. Meet at Bethany Greenlake Chapel at 8am to carpool together. No experience needed. Join us for this easy winter snowshoe. 

Keechelus Ridge Snowshoe

February 4, 8am, Meet at Bethany Green Lake, $10, Difficult, 6.4 miles roundtrip, 2,100 ft elevation gain, Prior snowshoe experience recommended, Register

Come join us for a fun snowshoe up Keechelus Ridge. This route climbs up through a combination of different types of snow terrain including steady forest road, steep off-trail hills, and a ridge line. Weather permitting, we'll have some good views of Keechelus Lake, the I-90 corridor, and a panorama of Central Cascade peaks.

Baker Lake East Bank Trail Hike

Tuesday, February 7, 7am, Meet at Bethany Green Lake, $5, Moderate, 8 miles round trip, 500' elevation gain, Register

Magnificent old growth forest, fabulous views of Mount Baker, turbulent tributaries, and a beautiful lake make this trail a great path to travel. And thanks to the trail’s low elevation, it is accessible even when most other Cascade trails are buried under snow. More information can be found at the WTA website. We'll leave from the southern trailhead.

Chapel Rewilding Project: Planting Day

Saturday, March 4, 12-4pm, Classroom A, Register

Join us for the second stage of the chapel re-wilding project on March 4: Planting Day! We will begin the session together learning about the planet species we will be planting, why they are important, and how they will benefit the land and us. The rest of the day will be spent planting! We would love to see you there. 

Backcountry Ski Tour at Mount St Helens

March 24-25, 2pm, Meet at Bethany Green Lake, $10, Mileage and elevation will vary depending on the group and Avy conditions, Register
All participants must have experience with avalanche rescue and carry a beacon/probe/shovel.

Have you ever desired to summit Mount St Helens and ski down!? Join us for this overnight adventure! We are planning to car camp overnight in the Sno-Park Marble Mountain on March 24 (You will need a Sno-Park Pass) and ski tour on March 25. We will plan to tour up to the Mount St Helen's summit via the Worm Flows Route or as far up as conditions allow. Meals not provided.

Borrow Gear from BWM

Bethany Wilderness Ministries provides congregants with the opportunity to borrow gear and experience Christ in creation. If you're interested in borrowing gear, please contact Nick or Eilidh.


  • Tents (car camping and backpacking)
  • Overhead and Ground tarps
  • Bivvy’s
  • Men’s and women’s backpacks (42L up to 90L)
  • Sleeping Bags (0° up to 32°)
  • Inflatable sleeping pads
  • Foam sleeping pads
  • Camp kitchen (stoves, plates, cups, utensils, pots, pans, etc.)
  • Gaiters
  • Assorted Layers (fleece, puffy, shell, base layers)
  • Bear Cans
  • Binoculars


  • Avy Shovels
  • Snowshoes
  • Semiautomatic Crampons
  • Ice Axes
  • Yaktrax


  • Dry Bags
  • Inflatable Paddle Boards
  • Inflatable Kayaks

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-facilitated 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 13-14 - Mom's Trip, $30, FULL
  • August 20-21 - General Trip, $30,  FULL
  • August 27-28 - General Trip, $30, FULL

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.