Backpack Service Project Weekend Trip

  • Participants lift tree during a trail service day.

Trips to be scheduled.

No experience necessary! Come explore the some of the Pacific Northwest’s most Beautiful Trails. You’ll get to explore some of the trails surrounding the PNW  while also giving back to the community and the outdoors spaces we know and love. The hiking pace and rigor will be tailored to the group and weather conditions. 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. Poison oak, ticks, and rattle snakes sometimes show up in April, but it’s well worth visiting to experience this gorgeous area! Participants will need to be able to leave Friday at 3pm, and you will return Saturday in time for dinner.

How to Register

Registration Opens:

Spring Semester 2022


*Trip Fee:

*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. 

To register for a trip, stop by the College Outdoors office in Templeton 244 or call us at 503-768-7116 once registration is open. Some trips fill up fast! The registration process can be a bit confusing your first time, you can learn more by reading How to Sign Up for a College Outdoors Trip.

Trip Type

Backpacking

Physical Demands

No experience necessary! This trip involves lots of physical labor including hauling large trees and tree branches, standing on your feet for long periods of time, and hiking on uneven ground. We’ll plan to hike 2-4 miles, while working on the trails and surrounding natural area.

Participants should be prepared to spend several hours outdoors walking on uneven terrain carrying day packs. This trip lends itself well to a wide variety of accessibility accommodations, including mobility accommodations. Contact outdoors@lclark.edu.

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

Amenities

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.