COVID-19 Precaution Plan

1. Groups will be limited to family or household units; no mixing of strangers. No parties will be accepted that are have high-risk conditions (cardiovascular risk, significant obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure,  immunocompromised – any minor concerns heightened with increasing age).

2. Facemasks will be required (and supplied) for all participants for the introductory meeting at the trailhead where we review safety and LNT considerations, load up gear and assign llamas. Once we maintain spacing of greater than 6 feet, facemasks are optional. Guides will keep facemasks on while preparing food, handling client’s gear, doing dishes, and anytime medical aid is rendered.

3. All rented gear will be laundered after each trip.

4. Trips will be cancelled if COVID-19 symptoms are expressed (per CDC recommendations) before starting.

5. Only parties within a single day’s drive will be accepted.

6. Soap & water, sanitizing wipes, bleach dip, or hand sanitizer will be provided for all parties to maintain hand cleanliness. If adequate supply is not available, trips will not take place. Washing/sanitizing hands will be required before and after the following situations:

     — Any handling of the potty bags
     — Meals
     — Food preparation
     — Dishwashing
     — Any handling of items by more than one person

The CDC offers additional information about protecting yourself and others from the spread of COVID-19.

Goat Rocks; Aug 3 – 6 Postponed

$1495+tax/adult, $1121+tax/under 18, Wilderness, minimalist. VERY STRENUOUS!

  • Postponded, high use area. No hikes planned in 2020 on this trail.

Good quality, light weight tent, sleeping pad and sleeping bag available $22/night.

This trail is open to hikers and horses, but closed to all motorized and wheeled traffic. It is within the Goat Rocks Wilderness Area. Parts of this trail are very popular around Cispus Pass, Old Snowy, and Snowgrass Flat. Please note that this is a LNT trip; no fires, dried meals only, minimal impact. Trip includes transport from White Pass to Midway trailhead.

Day one starts at Midway trailhead and follows the PCT #2000. We gain 1200 ft elevation and lose 850 ft over approximately 13 miles. Day 2 might be the most difficult, with 2800 ft gain and 900 ft loss over 12 miles. Day 3 features the famous knife edge section, with 550 ft elevation gain and 2200 ft loss over 6 miles. Most of the trail on this day is rough trail that includes crossing steep snowfields and steep drops on either side of the trail. This requires a high degree of experience, confidence and fitness (hikers, guide and llamas), but allows plenty of time for photos and viewing. Day four is another long hike, with 400 feet of drop, then an 1800 ft climb, then 2100 ft of elevation loss over 13 miles to end up at White Pass, then a short road walk to the parking area.

This trip is designed for long-distance backpackers who have hiked sections of the PCT, and would like to experience this extraordinary segment of trail. LNT care and ambassadorship are expected on the trail. Two hours of pre-approved trail maintenance, cleanup (or other wilderness maintenance) are required, as a condition of the permit. Monday through Thursday only. Campsites are pre-selected with the approval of the USFS, and one hiker will need to scout ahead with a two-way radio (we provide) to avoid conflict with horses on the knife edge. A string of 4 fit, athletic llamas will carry all the gear, dried food & coffee. Shuttle transportation will be arranged, and one guide will lead the way! 25 lb gear/client max.

Logistics

The group will meet and park at White Pass ski parking area (north side of Hwy 12) at 7 a.m.  The guide and a driver will pick up the group and ferry all parties to the Midway trailhead. The driver will drop off the group, and spot the truck and trailer at White Pass.  We then hike 43 trail miles north to White Pass.

 

Menu

Dinners will be dried and re-hydrated, or selections of commercial dried dinners. Pescatarian, vegetarian, dairy-free, vegan and gluten-free are easily accommodated on this trek.  We will be using a selection of dried dinners by “Good To Go”, “Food for the Sole” or other top quality commercially-available supplier.  Have a favorite?  Be sure to let us know.

All dietary requests must be made at least 2 weeks before the trip.

Lunches will be a selection of wraps,  nut butters, mixed nuts and dried fruit.  Snacks will be a selection of commercial bars by Kind, Larabar or other.

Breakfasts on travel days will include hot coffee, tea, and instant oatmeal selection.

Vanson Lake Loop; (Mt St Helens Monument) Postponed

$1595+tax/adult, $1196+tax/under 18, non-wilderness

  • Postponded, high use area. No hikes here in 2020

Rental Gear – Good quality tent, sleeping pad and sleeping bag available $22/night.

These trails are open to hikers, bicycles and horses, but closed to all motorized traffic. Horse and rider are common sights along the Green River, we give them a wide berth whenever possible. These trails see considerable hiking traffic on weekends.

This trek starts at the Goat Mountain trailhead parking area and travels down the Green River trail #213 past the horse camp and along the picturesque river for about 6 miles.

The first 5 miles are largely in the 1980 blast zone from Mt St Helens and is thickly forested with 40-yr old trees. The last mile is in a shielded area of truly impressive ancient Douglas-fir and cedar stands.

The first camp is a lovely flat with tent sites adjacent Green River. Day 2 is a gradual climb of 1700 ft elevation up trail #213A for 4 miles to Vanson Lake. Day 3 is a moderate 3 miles and 900 ft elevation gain and loss to Deadman Lake (pictured above). We will layover a day at this lovely site to allow for some fishing and huckleberry picking. Day 5 is a 8-mile hike along Goat Mountain with 2000 ft elevation drop to the starting point. This necessitates an efficient process to break camp and get started. Day 2 and Day 5 are challenging enough to warrant a classification of “Strenuous.”

This hike offers a fascinating loop through varied forests, some great views of Mt St Helens and the blast zone, as well as the best huckleberry picking that we’ve found. There appear to be a lot of fish rising in both lakes, bring your fly rod!

Trip Logistics

Meet up at the trailhead at 9 a.m. for each of the hikes. Some of the trailheads are difficult to find, and have limited parking.

Lunch is provided on the first day and the last day, as well as meals and snacks in between.

Llamas are not very tolerant of hot weather, so in that event we will be starting early, with breakfast served at either 6 or 7 a.m.  Extra coffee will be provided 🙂


Menus

We strive to provide exceptional meals in the back country.  Fresh meats and fish, steamed vegetables, salad, fresh bread from Dutch ovens, and desserts are planned for the first three dinners.  High fire danger will necessitate a simpler menu, as Dutch ovens can’t be used.

Subsequent dinners will be dried and re-hydrated, or selections of commercial dried dinners. Pescatarian, and dairy-free are easily accommodated. Vegan and gluten-free are available individually through commercial dried dinners by “Good To Go”.

All dietary requests must be made at least 2 weeks before the trip.

Lunches will include wraps with fresh meats and cheese for the first three days, as well as fresh fruit.  Days 4 through 5 will be wraps with nut butters and dried fruit.  Snacks will be a selection of Kind bars or Larabars.

Breakfasts on travel days will include hot coffee, tea, and instant oatmeal selection.  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.  Any overage is carried by the client.

  • Rain gear
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Tent
  • Warm clothes
  • Hat
  • Trekking poles
  • Flashlight
  • Insect repellent
  • Sunscreen
  • Medications

Upper Lewis River; Postponded

$600+tax/Adult; $450+tax/Under 18; Non-wilderness

  • POSTPONED; high use area – no hikes in 2020, too much traffic on trail

Rental Gear – Good quality tent, sleeping pad and sleeping bag available $22/night

This trail is open to hikers, bicycles and horses, but closed to all motorized traffic. It is a popular trail for mountain bikers and hikers on weekends.

Day 1 starts at the 9039 road trailhead for trail #31 and follows the trail 2-3/4 miles upstream. We will camp at a site upstream of the bolt shelter that affords a nice view of the beautiful Lewis River. Day 2 is a layover day to allow time for some 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 is the only EASY hike we offer.

The features of the area include some giant Douglas-fir and cedar trees, and the Lewis River, always clear with beautiful pools and rapids. The perfect opportunity for some springtime solitude in this peaceful setting.


Trip Logistics

Meet up at the trailhead at 9 a.m. for each of the hikes.  Some of the trailheads are difficult to find, and have limited parking.

Lunch is provided on the first day and the last day, as well as meals and snacks in between.

Llamas are not very tolerant of hot weather, so in that event we will be starting early, with breakfast served at either 6 or 7 a.m.  Extra coffee will be provided 🙂




Menus

We strive to provide exceptional meals in the back country.  Fresh meats and fish, steamed vegetables, salad, fresh bread from Dutch ovens, and desserts are planned for the first three dinners.  High fire danger will necessitate a simpler menu, as Dutch ovens can’t be used.

Subsequent dinners will be dried and re-hydrated, or selections of commercial dried dinners. Pescatarian, and dairy-free are easily accommodated. Vegan and gluten-free are available individually through commercial dried dinners by “Good To Go”.

All dietary requests must be made at least 2 weeks before the trip.

Lunches will include wraps with fresh meats and cheese for the first three days, as well as fresh fruit.  Days 4 through 5 will be wraps with nut butters and dried fruit.  Snacks will be a selection of Kind bars or Larabars.

Breakfasts on travel days will include hot coffee, tea, and instant oatmeal selection.  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.  Any overage is carried by the client.

  • Rain gear
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Tent
  • Warm clothes
  • Hat
  • Trekking poles
  • Flashlight
  • Insect repellent
  • Sunscreen
  • Medications

Juniper Ridge; 4 days, 3 nights

$1195+tax/Adult, $896+tax/Under 18), non-wilderness

  • July 9 – 12 (Fully Booked for 2020)
  • July 20 – 23
  • August 10 – 13
  • August 31 – September 3

Rental Gear – Good quality tent, sleeping pad and sleeping bag available $22/night

These trails are open to hikers, bicycles, horses and motorcycles. There is regular motorcycle traffic, but expert riders only due to the difficulty of the trail. This trail is steep and strenuous for everybody, but truly photogenic enough to be worthy of the effort.

This trek starts at the Dark Meadow trailhead (#263, 22 miles due south of Randle, WA), and follows that trail for 4.5 miles which becomes steep during the 1800 ft of elevation gain. After the intersection with Juniper Ridge trail #261 we follow the trail west for a mile to Dark Meadow. Day 2 features a 4 mile hike with 1000 ft of steep elevation gain to a stunning vista that features Mt Adams, Mt Rainier, Mt Hood and Mt St Helens. The second and third nights are usually spent here.

Options for the layover on day 3 include dawn at Sunrise peak (for early risers) or a climb up Jumbo Peak (for the adventurous). Day 4 features an 8-mile hike back to the trailhead, and 2800 ft of elevation drop. “Strenuous” for sure. For 2020 we are offering customized trips for household units, if you wish to extend the trip.

Mountain goat and elk frequent the area, and we sometimes see bear, deer or grouse. There was some exceptional wild strawberry picking in early August 2019.


Trip Logistics

Meet up at the trailhead at 9 a.m. for each of the hikes to review safety concerns and LNT principles. Some of the trailheads are difficult to find, and have limited parking.

Lunch is provided on the first day and the last day, as well as meals and snacks in between.

Llamas are not very tolerant of hot weather, so in that event we will be starting early, with breakfast served at either 6 or 7 a.m.  Extra coffee will be provided 🙂


Menus

We strive to provide exceptional meals in the back country.  Fresh meats and fish, steamed vegetables, salad, fresh bread from Dutch ovens, and desserts are planned for the first three dinners.  High fire danger will necessitate a simpler menu, as Dutch ovens can’t be used.

Subsequent dinners will be dried and re-hydrated, or selections of commercial dried dinners. Pescatarian, and dairy-free are easily accommodated. Vegan and gluten-free are available individually through commercial dried dinners by “Good To Go”.

All dietary requests must be made at least 2 weeks before the trip.

Lunches will include wraps with fresh meats and cheese for the first three days, as well as fresh fruit.  Days 4 through 5 will be wraps with nut butters and dried fruit.  Snacks will be a selection of Kind bars or Larabars.

Breakfasts on travel days will include hot coffee, tea, and instant oatmeal selection.  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.  Any overage is carried by the client.

  • Rain gear
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Tent
  • Warm clothes
  • Hat
  • Trekking poles
  • Flashlight
  • Insect repellent
  • Sunscreen
  • Medications