Backpack Oregon Coast Dunes

  • Participants pose on a sand dune with their backpacks on and hiking poles in the air smiling with blue sky behind them.

Upcoming Events

September 16

Backpack Oregon Coast Dunes

until 6:00pm on September 18

The Oregon Dunes are a spectacular and unique location perfect for fall backpacking. On this trip we’ll head to the central Oregon coast, stay in a yurt on Friday night, then set out for a backcountry adventure through the Dunes on Saturday and Sunday. We’ll backpack through transition forests, sand dunes, and beaches during this weekend trip. Backpacking, especially on sandy dunes, is a rigorous activity and not for the faint at heart. As Oregon weather can be unpredictable in the fall extreme weather conditions may require us to stay in rustic yurts and set out on day trips in lieu of backcountry travel.

How to Register

Registration Opens: Friday, Aug. 26, 2022

Trip Fee: $85 / $42*

*If you qualify for any federal financial aid, the trip fee is cut in half thanks to scholarship funding from ASLC. We accept cash, checks, credit/debit cards, and apple/samsung/google pay. 


How to Sign Up:

Beginning August 2022:
To register for a trip, stop by the College Outdoors pop-up desk in front of Fields Dining Hall (aka, “the Bon”). The desk is staffed weekdays 11:30am-1:30pm and 4:30pm-6:30pm.

Trip Type


Physical Demands

No experience necessary! The hiking pace and rigor will be tailored to the group and weather conditions. However, backpacking, especially on sand dunes, can be physically demanding. 

Participants should be prepared to hike up to 6 miles per day on uneven trails, carrying 50-60lbs in backpacks. You’ll sleep outdoors on foam pads.

Accessibility accommodations are available, contact

What to Expect

  • Sleeping indoors
  • Sleeping outdoors
  • Electricity
  • Wifi
  • Cell phone service
  • Heating
  • Beds
  • Bathrooms
  • Gender-inclusive bathrooms
  • Showers
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Food for any Dietary Restrictions


Pre-Trip Meeting

College Outdoors trips have a Pre-Trip Meeting (PTM) prior to the trip to help you prepare, which takes place at the Sequoia warehouse on the Graduate Campus.

At this meeting you’ll meet the trip leaders and other participants, learn more about the trip activity, location, and schedule, and be given a packing list of everything you need for your trip. The trip leaders and Sequoia staff will then help you find and borrow anything on the packing list that you’d like to borrow. We have high-quality outdoor clothing and equipment, and it’s all free to use for your trip!

If you miss a Pre-Trip Meeting, check your email for important info you missed. 


Sequoia Warehouse

Sequoia is the College Outdoors warehouse, located on the Graduate Campus. Everything you’ll need is available for free when you come on a College Outdoors Trip. At Sequoia you will find:

  • Clothing needed for your trip, including any relevant outerwear and specialty items needed for the activity. Sizes range from XS - XXL and come in gendered an non-gendered designs. 
  • Gear needed for your trip, such as sleeping bags, backpacks, water bottles, and much much more.
  • Equipment such as tents, cookware, first-aid kits, and boats, which trip leaders will pack for each trip as needed.
  • Gender-neutral bathrooms, which can also be used as changing rooms.
  • Staff available to answer your questions.