Three-day/2 night trip
$1075/person ($845/person off-peak)
May 31 – June 2, 2023 (off peak)
Two-day/1 night trip $645/person
June 5 – 6, 2023 (3 spots available)
June 8 – 9, 2023 (booked)
This is an easy and delightful trip, great for introducing children or adults to backpacking, without having to have your own gear and carry it in. Our trips have included people aged 5 to 75! Enjoy giant Douglas-fir and cedar trees, hiking along the Lewis River, always clear with beautiful pools and rapids, and getting to know the llamas. The trip provides a perfect opportunity for springtime and early summer solitude in a very peaceful setting.
Day 1 starts at the 9039 road trailhead for the upper Lewis River trail and follows the trail 3.1 miles upstream. We camp at a site with a nice view of the beautiful Lewis River, and a large sand/rock bar, perfect for hours of exploring the variety of rocks, or watching butterflies. On our three-day version, Day 2 is a layover day to allow time for more forest immersion, day hiking or other quiet activities. Day 3 features a leisurely breakfast and an easy walk back to the trailhead. There is a small elevation gain and the trail is usually in good condition.
This trail is open to hikers, bicycles and horses, but closed to all motorized traffic.
Typically we meet up at the trailhead at 9 a.m. for the hike. There is limited parking at the trailhead, no restrooms, and no Forest Pass is required.
Lunch is provided on the first day, as well as meals and snacks in between.
- Deep, fast, cold water in river, drowning hazard for small children
- A few areas with steep sidehill trail
We strive to provide exceptional meals in the back country. Fresh meats and fish, steamed vegetables, fresh bread from Dutch ovens, and desserts are planned for the dinners.
Pescatarian, and dairy-free are easily accommodated. Most other dietary restrictions can be accommodated.
The menu can be customized for your group. All dietary requests must be made at least 2 weeks before the trip.
Lunches will include wraps with fresh meats and cheese, as well as fresh fruit. Snacks will be a selection of Kind bars, Larabars or similar items.
A nice breakfast is standard fare on layover days, sometimes with fresh coffee cake if fire danger allows.
What to Bring
We carry 30 lb of gear per person, including the provided tent and sleeping pad (4 to 6 lb). Any overage is carried by the client.
- Rain gear
- Sleeping bag
- Warm clothes
- Trekking poles
- Insect repellent