What we're about

Tacoma Outdoors Adventures is a social group focused on enjoying the great outdoors, from hiking and camping to biking and snowshoeing and more. We welcome members of all skill and experience levels, the main requirement is just wanting to get out and enjoy the outdoors with others. This is a great group to get out there and do the things you enjoy and meet others who do as well. Many of our members have made friendships that carry beyond our posted events.

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What we’re not...

We’re not just an “outdoor” group. We like to do other things; movie nights, dinners, bbq’s, wine tasting, dancing, and more.

We’re not just Tacoma. While a large number of our members are from Tacoma and the immediately surrounding area, we have members that join us on a regular basis from Olympia, Bremerton, Auburn and other areas. We've grown, but Tacoma is where we got our start and most of our events continue to be planned with the idea that we’re leaving from the Tacoma area.

We’re not a “hook up” group. While our group is primarily comprised of members who are single, this is not a dating site. We have a great mix of singles, couples, and families that share a common love of the outdoors. Many of us joined this group after moving to the area from other parts of the country and it's been a great way to meet others with common interests and make lasting friendships.

Respect for each other is of the utmost importance. Failure to do so my result in the leadership team issuing a warning. If there’s a second occurrence, the leadership team reserves the right to remove the member from the group, and will refund any dues paid within the last 6 month.

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Belonging is not a right, but a privilege.

Profiles: A true profile photo is required for security purposes. This is to minimize opportunities for spam and internet spoofing. Also, being able to see you in your profile photo makes it much easier to connect when meeting for events.

Annual dues: There is a modest $5 annual dues to join the group. The dues are primarily to cover the fees charged by Meetup. The amount of dues collected annually will be analyzed and if there is a surplus we will look at making a donation of an outdoor related charitable organization and/or using funds to help organize a group-wide event such as a picnic or open house type event.

New members are given a 60 day trial. We feel this is more than enough time to attend at least one or two events to help decide if we’re a fit for you. If the dues have not been paid by the end of that 60 day period your membership will be suspended until they are paid. Suspended accounts are removed after 60 days.

Carpools are often organized and those riding should be prepared to help with gas and pass expenses. $5 to $10 is often common, depending on how far away the destination is. Also be prepared with a change of shoes/outerwear and a bag to put muddy/wet gear in for the ride home.

Thanks for checking us out, I hope you decide to join us on one of our upcoming adventures!

Disclaimer: Our event organizers are not professional hike leaders/guides. We simply set up hikes and other adventures and help facilitate carpooling. Our members are adults and expected to act as such - know your limitations, be prepared (ie. the 10 essentials), leave no trace and treat each other with respect. Participation in our activities is at your own risk. By participating, you agree to indemnify and hold harmless Tacoma Outdoors, its organizers and other members from all claims or liability of every type (including court costs and legal fees) for injury or death to any person or for damage to property, loss of personal property or any other wrongful act arising out of or relating to your participation as a member. This agreement applies to you and to other persons (as your guests) who may accompany you on these adventures.

Upcoming events (5)

PHASE 2 - Morning Walk/Hike in Point Defiance Park

Point Defiance Park

PLEASE wear mask and observe physical distancing - limit 5. Meet at the Rhododendron Garden, near the sign. A nice moderate paced walk/Hike on the outer loop (Dark blue line on map). This is a dirt trail which can get muddy when raining, so wear appropriate footwear.

PHASE 2 - Morning Walk/Hike in Point Defiance Park

Point Defiance Park

PLEASE wear mask and observe physical distancing - limit 5. Meet at the Rhododendron Garden, near the sign. A nice moderate paced walk/Hike on the outer loop (Dark blue line on map). This is a dirt trail which can get muddy when raining, so wear appropriate footwear.

Mount Saint Helens Day Hike

SR-512 Park & Ride

Let's hike to the summit of Mount St Helens. I have a permit for seven people that is fully paid for. THE RESERVATION DEADLINE IS THURSDAY, JULY 2 AT 6:00 PM because that is the last day I can cancel the permit or reduce the number of people on the permit for a full or partial refund of the $15 per person permit cost. Everyone who signs up will need to reimburse me $15 for their share of the permit cost. I will also need a first and last name for everyone who signs up so I can add your names to the permit. 2,500 feet of the elevation gain is through a steep boulder field that is dusted with pumice and can shred your hands if you fall. Gloves and sturdy hiking boots will be very helpful for this part of the climb. Mount St Helens is in Skamania County, which is currently in Phase 3 of the Safe Start Washington plan. Phase 3 allows for outdoor groups of 50 or fewer people. Everyone will be required to have a face mask or facial covering and if you have a temperature or are sick, then you won’t be allowed to come. I will try to limit carpooling to no more than three people per vehicle and carpool drivers and passengers will need to wear a face mask. We will drive down Wednesday evening and camp somewhere that night. Mount St Helens is one of the peaks in the Pacific Northwest Six-Pack of Peaks Challenge https://sixpackofpeaks.com/pnw/, which I have signed up for. https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/mount-st-helens-monitor-ridge http://wanderlusthiker.com/a-beginners-guide-to-climbing-mt-st-helens/#[masked]-bd4a8d57-a596 https://travelandhikewithpcos.com/2019/09/27/mount-st-helens-summit-hiking-with-family/ Carpool Drivers Needed: I will need carpool drivers for this hike (I will not be a driver). When you RSVP, please indicate whether you are or are not willing to drive. If you are willing to drive, please indicate how many passengers you can take, including yourself. • Trailhead ETA: 6:00 a.m. • Round Trip: 10.0 miles. • Elevation Gain: 4,500 feet. • High Point: 8,365 feet. • Difficulty: http://www.nwhiker.com/HikeEval.html • Pace: 2 miles per hour for the first 2.1 miles, • plus 1 mile per hour for the last 2.9 miles, • plus 1 hour per 2,000 feet of elevation gain. • Hiking Time: 10.75 hours (including a 30-minute lunch stop). Itinerary: (Hiking times approximate depending on the group). • 6:00 p.m. Wednesday – Meet at Park & Ride. • 6:00 a.m. Thursday – Start hike/climb. • 12:15 p.m. Thursday – Lunch stop at summit. • 4:45 p.m. Thursday – Arrive back at trailhead. • 7:45 p.m. Thursday – Arrive at Park & Ride (8:45 pm if we stop for food on the way back). • Maps: Green Trails Ptarmigan No. 216.1, Monitor Ridge No. 216.8 What to Bring: Day pack with the 10 essentials https://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/ten-essentials.html, appropriate hiking attire (no blue jeans, cotton clothing, or sneakers), sturdy/comfortable boots plus a bag for wet/soiled pairs, trekking poles, plenty of water, lunch/energy snacks, sun preventatives, bug repellent, and your camera! Permits/Regulations: America the Beautiful or Northwest Forest Pass required. Wilderness regulations apply https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/giffordpinchot/specialplaces/?cid=stelprdb5137394 Driving Directions: https://www.google.com/maps/dir/McDonald's,+10417+Pacific+Hwy+SW,+Tacoma,+WA+98499/Climbers+Bivouac+Trailhead,+830+Road,+Cougar,+WA/@46.5530568,-122.7835899,9z/data=!4m13!4m12!1m5!1m1!1s0x549101060693c74b:0xefbdf2903e8b2315!2m2!1d-122.4830706!2d47.163254!1m5!1m1!1s0x54969c8ba8fbef91:0x2a76c011a0f90a6b!2m2!1d-122.183622!2d46.1462683 Weather Forecast: https://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lon=-122.18602753104642&lat=46.18857368973431

Olympic Hot Springs Bike/Hike

Olympic Hot Springs Road

Join the group in one of our first official Phase 2 outings of the season. This one will involve a 10 mile bike ride along the paved road from the trailhead parking area to the 'trail' and then a short walk to the hot springs. Group size: Maximum of 6 to follow Phase 2 regulations. Meet to carpool/caravan: Martin Way Park & Ride (Olympia) at 7:30 AM. Drive time from park & ride to initial trailhead is 2.5 hours. Robert will be driving a Pick-up and has a bike rack that can hold 2 additional bikes for a total of 6 bikes. If someone wants to go and can not get their bike to the park and ride, he has one extra bike (first come first serve). Bring suit/towel and any change of clothes for hot springs. Covid-19 disclaimer: To participate on this trip, you must not have had a fever, cough or other Covid symptoms in the last 14 days. Also participants should have a mask/facial covering with them to put on for any moments when 6 feet of social distance are not possible.

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