For many Obsidians, the high point of the year is the annual Summer Camp, a week long campout with meals provided. The location of past Summer Camps reads like a roster of scenic Northwest America: The Wallowas, the Grand Tetons, the High Sierras, the Sawtooths, the North Cascades, the Strawberries and of course the Oregon Cascades, to name but a few!



                                                                                                                                                                                                  St. Mary Lake - Glacier National Park


Glacier National Park is known as the “Crown of the Continent” for good reason: dazzling peaks, historic lodges, wildlife, and the glaciers. It has 151 trails covering 745 miles.  And Going-to-the-Sun Road over Logan Pass is one of the most scenic drives in the U.S.

The park was established in 1910 and is sacred land for the Blackfeet Nation whose reservation borders the park. There are 3 visitor centers, including one near our camp. Contiguous to Glacier is Waterton National Park in Canada.

We will be based at Johnson’s of St. Mary Campground ( on the east side of the park, just a half-mile from Going-to-the-Sun Road - an ideal location. This is a commercial campground, not the rustic place in the boonies we usually use for camp! However, our campsites are segregated from others by aspen trees and feel pretty private; the RV area is barely visible.  The campground has flush toilets, hot showers, and a laundromat!  We are also renting the pavilion which will serve both as shelter in the event of rain and a serving/storage area for food.

 The Rally will be Friday, February 22 at the Lodge. Potluck at 6:30; program at 7:30pm.

Online registration will open Thursday, February 28, 7:00am for members and Tuesday,  March 5 for non-members.

New this year is two-tier pricing: camping and non-camping.

Non-campers:  Since the campground is near motels, cabins, and private homes, we suspect that some folks will want to sleep indoors rather than camp. Click on this link to see a list of possibilities; there are probably other options, so do your own research. Non-campers will need to make and pay for their own lodging and may want to reserve a place now, but be sure you understand the cancellation policies.

Campers:  Tentatively, we are planning for approximately 60 slots for campers. This includes tent sites and small “RV’s” (no hook-ups).  If your RV is longer than about 22’ and/or you would like a site with electricity and sewer, you will need to make your own reservations. See the link above.

Fees: We have not received all the information we need to set the fees. We are planning on a total of 90 participants: about 60 slots for campers (tents and small “RV’s”; no hook-ups) and about 30 for folks who prefer to stay elsewhere.  The price difference per person will be approximately $60 (the cost of the campground).  In other words, if campers pay a total of $250 for the 6 days, non-campers pay approximately $190. The fee includes 6 continental breakfasts, 5 lunches, and 6 dinners catered by a local restaurant.

Hikes: Glacier National Park is a very special place, especially since the Park Service projects that the glaciers will disappear by 2020 (this is not a typo)!! The hiking is simply spectacular. The following website describes the top 10 hikes in the Park: Click on the individual hikes for detailed descriptions.

Crypt Lake (Waterton National Park, Canada): This is truly one of the top 20 hikes in the world (either a very long day or probably an overnight trip from camp). Anyone planning on hiking in Canada will need to bring a current passport.


As additional information becomes available, we will post updates here.

Summer Camp Chair: - Lana Lindstrom -


Oh, the Places We Have Been
Link to some past Summer Camps

Ruby Mountains
2016 Summer Camp - Nevada


Strawberry Mountains
2014 Summer Camp - Eastern Oregon

Trinity Alps
2013 Summer Camp - Northern California

North Cascades
2004 & 2012 Summer Camp - Washington

Bumpass Hell, Lassen National Park
2009 Summer Camp
- California

Sawtooth Mountains
2008 Summer Camp - Idaho

West Yellowstone, Madison R.
2007 Summer Camp - Montana

Olympic Peninsula
2006 Summer Camp - Washington