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Backpack Oregon’s Cascade Mountains

Here’s your chance to get to know the beautiful outdoors that surrounds Lewis & Clark! Wander past waterfalls, narrow canyons, huge old-growth trees, rocky pinnacles, and bubbling streams in this spectacular wilderness area a few hours south of Portland in Oregon’s Cascade Mountain range. This group will be heading to the same area as the “Explore the Temperate Rainforest” trip, but we’ll be backpacking with full packs into the farther reaches of this wilderness, and staying in tents each night.  Expect to cover three to ten miles a day on moderate to steep trails, and discover hidden swimming holes, awesome views of the surrounding mountains, and see trees that have been alive for a thousand years.

Arrive by: 11:00am, Thurs., Aug. 24, 2017
Return: Tues. evening, Aug. 29, 2017

Cost: $750*

Detailed Trip Description

Equipment & Packing List 

 Check out past trips on flickr - 2016 Photos - 2015 Photos - 2014 Photos


  • The required forms linked below are due Friday, June 26th

    Acknowledgment & Assumption of Risk Form (please print, sign, and return by mail, fax or scanned email attachment)

    Online Equipment Request Form (you’ll need to have your Lewis & Clark email set up to access this) Fill this out after you have received your trip placement.

    Online Travel Form (you’ll need to have your Lewis & Clark email set up to access this)


*This price reflects the full cost of the trip before financial aid. If you submitted a FAFSA, the cost to you will be calculated on a need-based sliding scale. Simply check the box regarding financial aid on the New Student Trip Reservation Form. Your financial award will be included in the email with your trip placement.

Plan to add $5/day for vegan, gluten-free, or other specialized diet requests (a vegetarian option is included at no extra charge), medical dietary restrictions exempt.

Not sure about your first backcountry poo?  Check out this informative, yet funny video: