COVID-19 Precaution Plan

Updated 12/6/21

  1. All guides have been fully vaccinated within the last 6 months.  Clients are encouraged to get vaccinated as well.
  2. Facemasks will be required for Guides at the introductory meeting at the trailhead where we review safety and LNT considerations, sign Risk forms, load up gear and assign llamas.  Once we maintain spacing of greater than 6 feet, facemasks are optional.  Guides will utilize facemasks while in extended contact with clients closer than 6 ft, and anytime medical aid is rendered. We have N-95 masks available.
  3. Trips will be cancelled if COVID 19 symptoms are expressed (per CDC recommendations) before starting.  Trips will be ended ASAP if symptoms appear during the trip, stricken individuals will be kept isolated as much as possible.
  4. Soap & water, sanitizing wipes, bleach dip, or hand sanitizer will be provided for all parties to maintain hand cleanliness.   Washing/sanitizing hands will be required before and after the following situations;
  • Meals
  • Food preparation
  • Dishwashing

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html

Goat Rocks; 5 Days/4 Nights

$1895+tax/adult, $1706+tax/under 18, Wilderness, minimalist. VERY STRENUOUS!

  • August 8 – 12, 2022
  • August 22 – 26, 2022 (2 spots still available)

Good quality, light weight sleeping bag available $22/trip.

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 with fresh food additions, minimal impact. Trip includes transport from White Pass to Midway trailhead.

Day one starts at White Pass and follows the PCT #2000 trail south. We gain 1950 ft elevation over approximately 5 miles. Day 2 starts with 1600 ft loss and then 1500 ft gain over 10 miles. Day 3 features the famous knife edge section, with 950 ft elevation gain and 1000 ft loss over 5 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 a long hike with modest elevation gains and losses over 15 miles. Day 5 is 7 miles with modest elevation gains and losses to the waiting truck and trailer and the return drive to White Pass.

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 per person, as a condition of the permit. Monday through Friday only. Campsites are pre-selected with the approval of the USFS, and one guide will need to scout ahead with a two-way radio to avoid conflict with horses on the knife edge. A string of 6 fit, athletic llamas will carry all the gear, food & coffee. Shuttle transportation will be arranged, and two guides will lead the way! 25 lb gear/client max, including the tent and sleeping pads (5 lb, approx) that we provide.

Logistics

The group will meet at the Pacific Crest Trailhead  at White Pass North.  This is about 1/2 mile east of the Kracker Barrel Store by Leech Lake launch on the north side of US Highway 12.  A Northwest Forest Pass is required.  Meeting time is 10 am to get gear loaded and start the hike.  The hike will finish near the Midway trailhead, where a truck and trailer will be spotted to return the group to White Pass.

Specific Hazards

  • Steep snowfields to cross
  • Cliffs, steep areas directly adjacent trail
  • Long distances covered daily, up to 15 miles

Menu

Dinners will be dried and re-hydrated, with the addition of some fresh vegetables and fruits. Pescatarian, vegetarian, dairy-free, vegan and gluten-free are easily accommodated on this trek.

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 will include hot coffee, tea, and a selection of oatmeal, granola with bagels as available.

Vanson Lake Loop; (Mt St Helens Monument, 5 days, 4 nights)

$1795+tax/adult, $1616+tax/under 18, non-wilderness

  • August 15 – 19, 2022 (fully booked)
  • August 29 – September 2, 2022

Rental Gear – Sleeping bag available $22/trip.

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 and 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 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 are 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. Contrary to what some hiking guides write, no Forest Pass is required at the Goat Mountain trailhead.

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 🙂

Specific Hazards

  • Horses and bicycles on trail occasionally
  • Open water, drowning hazard for small children

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 with fresh additives that we will bring.

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, including the tent (3-4 lb) and pad (1-2 lb) that we provide.  Any overage is carried by the client.

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

Upper Lewis River

Three-day/2 night trip $795/person ($716 under 18)

  • June 6 – 8, 2022
  • June 20-22, 2022 (Fully Booked)

Two-day/1 night trip $495/person

  • May 16-17, 2022
  • May 19-20, 2022

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 the upper Lewis River trail and follows the trail 2-3/4 miles upstream. We will camp at a site that affords a nice view of the beautiful Lewis River. Day 2 (if observed) 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

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 and the last day, as well as meals and snacks in between.

Specific Hazards

  • Deep, fast, cold water in river, drowning hazard for small children
  • A few areas with steep sidehill trail



Menus

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.

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 or Larabars.

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
  • Hat
  • Trekking poles
  • Flashlight
  • Insect repellent
  • Sunscreen
  • Medications

Juniper Ridge; 4 days, 3 nights

$1295+tax/Adult, $1166+tax/Under 18), non-wilderness

  • July 25 – 28, 2022
  • August 1 – 4, 2022

Rental Gear – good quality sleeping bag available $22/trip

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 and follows that trail for 4 miles which becomes mighty steep during the 1800 ft of elevation gain. After the intersection with Juniper Ridge trail we follow the trail west for a mile to Dark Meadow. Day 2 features a 4 mile hike with 1000 ft of fairly 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 some day hiking in the vicinity of Jumbo Peak. Day 4 features an 7-mile hike back to the trailhead, and 2800 ft of elevation drop. “Strenuous” for sure.

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.  The crop in 2020 was pretty light, but delicious.


Trip Logistics

Meet up at the trailhead at 10 a.m. for each of the hikes to review safety concerns and LNT principles.  A Forest Pass is not required at this trailhead.

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 🙂

Specific Hazards

  • Steep trail in places
  • Motorcycles on trail occasionally
  • Steep, rocky ground by 2nd camp

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 with fresh additives that we will bring.

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 a bit of fresh fruit.  Day 4 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, including the tent (3-4 lb) and pad (1-2 lb) that we provide.  Any overage is carried by the client.

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