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Three-day/2 night trip
$1075/person ($845/person off-peak)

May 31 – June 2, 2023 (off peak)
July 17 – 19, 2023 (private trip: PU79)

Two-day/1 night trip $645/person

June 5 – 6, 2023
June 8 – 9, 2023

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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.


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, 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

Food

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

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    Juniper Ridge; 4 days, 3 nights

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    $1395+tax/Adult, non-wilderness

    July 31 – August 3, 2023 (private trip: PU79)
    August 7 – 10, 2023

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    This trail is steep and strenuous for everybody, but truly photogenic enough to be worthy of the effort.

    We start at the Dark Meadow trailhead and follow that trail for 4 miles as it becomes mighty steep, with 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 1200 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 3000 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.

    These trails are open to hikers, bicycles, horses and motorcycles. There is occasional motorcycle traffic, but expert riders only due to the difficulty of the trail.


    Trip Logistics

    Meet up at the trailhead at 10 am to review safety concerns and Leave No Trace 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 aren’t very tolerant of hot weather, so if it’s hot, we’ll start early, with breakfast served at either 6 or 7 a.m.  Extra coffee will be provided!

    Specific Hazards

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

    Food

    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, kosher, and gluten-free are available individually through commercial dried dinners with fresh additives that we will bring.

    The menu can be customized for your group.  All dietary requests must be made at least 2 weeks before the trip.

    Lunches will typically 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 energy bars.

    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

    The llamas carry 30 pounds 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 (available to rent for $22)
    • Warm clothes
    • Hat
    • Trekking poles
    • Flashlight
    • Insect repellent
    • Sunscreen
    • Medications

    Reserve your spot now

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      Juniper Ridge July 31–August 3 2023 (private trip PU79)Juniper Ridge August 7-10 2023




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      Pompey Peak; 3 days, 2 nights

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      $1075+tax/adult. (3 days/2 nights)

      July 25 – 27, 2023

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      Expect great views, with  possible wildlife encounters on this moderately strenuous hike. We often see signs of deer, elk, bear, cougar and mountain goats. There are some spectacular cliffs in the area, so cameras and prudence are advised!

      This trek starts at an unmarked trailhead near of Jackpot Lake. We follow the Klickitat trail  for two miles, and then go another 1.5 miles on the Pompey Peak trail. It starts out at 4700 ft elevation and climbs steeply up to 5300 ft in the first half mile. Then the trail is pretty level until we near the camping area, where there is a 200 ft climb off-trail to reach the secluded spot we camp at, for a total of 3.5 miles and 800 ft elevation gain. 

      We stay for two nights in a lovely meadow with a nice view of Castle Butte and Mt Adams. It is a nice day hike to Pompey Peak for the second day, with great views of the Cowlitz valley from Morton up towards White Pass. On the third day, we hike out after a leisurely breakfast.

      The trails are open to hikers, bicycles and horses, but closed to all motorized traffic.


      Trip Logistics

      Meet up at the trailhead at 10 a.m. to cover safety concerns and Leave No Trace principles.  A Forest Pass is not required for parking.

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

      Llamas aren’t very tolerant of hot weather, so on extremely hot travel days we’ll start early, with breakfast served at either 6 or 7 a.m.  Extra coffee will be provided !

      Specific Hazards

      • Sheer cliffs near camp (sleepwalking hazard!)
      • Steep ground

      Food

      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’ll bring.

      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 for the first three days, as well as fresh fruit.   Snacks will be a selection of Kind bars, Larabars or similar items.

      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 pounds of gear per person, including the tent and pad that we provide.  Any overage is carried by the client.

      • Rain gear
      • Sleeping bag (rental available for $22)
      • Warm clothes
      • Hat
      • Trekking poles
      • Flashlight
      • Insect repellent
      • Sunscreen
      • Medications

      Reserve Your Spot

        We're delighted that you want to join us on this adventure!




        Pompey Peak July 24-26 2023




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