Hike & Kayak Waldo Lake

  • Eva Ramsey

Imagine floating on water so clear it looks like you are flying! Waldo Lake, sitting at 5,000 feet in the Waldo Lake Wilderness in the Cascade Mountains, is rated the 2nd clearest lake in the world. Sea kayak this huge lake, camp on islands, munch on huckleberries, and gaze at the snow-covered volcanoes in the distance. This trip includes a number of great hikes to surrounding mountains and waterfalls, so bring your hiking boots! No previous experience necessary, but we recommend folks be able to swim, have reasonable upper body strength for paddling, and be free of back, shoulder or wrist troubles. You’ll camp beside the lake, and carry everything you need in your kayaks. Read the detailed trip description to learn more.

Trip Specifics

Dates: Wednesday, Aug. 18 - Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2021

Cost: $50 - $1050. Need-based financial aid is applied on a sliding scale for those who qualify. Vegan and non-medical specialty diets have an additional $30 charge. Vegetarian diets and food allergies do not have an additional fee.

Rigor: Moderate - High

Equipment & Packing List (coming soon)

Required Forms

These forms can be completed only after you have received a trip placement email, and are due by Wednesday, July 22nd. To complete these forms, you’ll need to have your @lclark.edu email set up, and you’ll be prompted to log-in to the Engage LC platform.

Waiver Equipment Request Travel Plans

Trip Pictures

Check out pictures from other times we’ve gone here!

And this awesome student-made video from 2018!