Backpack the Oregon Coast

The central Oregon coast is a spectacular and unique location perfect for summer backpacking, where you will explore lush transition forests, play on giant sand dunes, and relax on gorgeous sandy beaches. Each day we’ll hike through this remarkable landscape carrying everything we need on our backs, and sleep in tents at night. This trip will have two sections, so although most of the trip will be with your small group of 10 new students, you’ll also get to meet new students in the other groups.  Read the Detailed Trip Description to learn more.

EXAMPLE Itinerary:

(actual itinerary will be adjusted to the weather and group)

  • Thursday: Arrive to campus in the morning, meet your group and collect any outdoor gear you are borrowing from College Outdoors. Eat lunch on campus, then drive about 3.5hrs to the trailhead on the central Oregon Coast. Camp at the trailhead
  • Friday: Hike for 3-4 hours through coastal ecosystems and dunes to campsite 1, next to a freshwater lake.
  • Saturday: Day hike to explore the coastline and play on the dunes. It is a lot of fun to jump, roll, slide, and frolic on massive sand dunes! Return to campsite 1 at night to relax with your group and play games.
  • Sunday: Hike 3-4 hours to campsite 2, next to a freshwater river. LC Night! Learn about Lewis & Clark from current students.
  • Monday: Hike 1-2 hours to the spot where you will be picked up, then drive 15 minutes to Camp Cleawox where you will reunite with the other backpacking group and the Hike & Paddleboard the Oregon Coast groups for hearty food, skits, and games
  • Tuesday: Return to campus, clean up gear, move into residence halls and have one last meal with your group!

Trip Specifics

Dates: Thursday, Aug. 22 - Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2024

Cost: $975. Financial aid is applied for high-need students who qualify. Vegan and non-medical specialty diets have an additional $35 charge. Vegetarian diets and food allergies do not have an additional fee.

Rigor: Moderate - High

Trip Type: Backpacking

Equipment & Packing List

Required Forms

These forms can be completed only after you have received a trip placement email, and are due by Tuesday, June 25th. You will need to log into your L&C Portal to complete these forms.

Waiver  Travel Plans  Equipment Request

Trip Pictures

This is a new trip for 2024, but here’s some pictures from other times we’ve visited the area on weekend trips!