Multi-day trip

From Baker City: Wallowas Trail Stewardship Backcountry Trek

From Baker City: Wallowas Trail Stewardship Backcountry Trek

Set off on a 5-day volunteer vacation and take this special chance to sweat for your forest, make new friends, and kick back (cocktail in hand) under big Eastern Oregon skies. Camp at beautiful sites.

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Duration 5 days
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Live tour guide
English
Small group
Limited to 10 participants

Experience

Highlights
  • Connect with the nature by hiking on marvelous trails and taking in the views
  • Help out future fellow hikers by making the trails cleaner and more accessible
  • Camp under the magnificent blanket of stars of Eastern Oregon's big open sky
  • Hike through the amazing views Oregon has to offer while doing the area good
  • Sip some cocktails during daily happy hours and a final good-bye party session
Full description

Embark on a unique experience helping to beautify the Baker City area while immersing yourself in the spectacular surroundings. This experience includes 5 days of hiking, camping, and volunteer work, as well as plenty of chances for enjoying each other's company and the setting over drinks. Meet at a local favorite brewpub in Baker City, Oregon for an evening meet and greet to talk logistics the evening before your activity. Pack the bags and get to know each other over local beverages. Stay overnight locally at your own expense.

Depart Baker City for a 45-minute drive to Moss Springs trailhead. After a pre-departure safety talk, head out for an easy 4.5 miles and 700' of elevation gain along the gorgeous Little Minam River to camp where your guides will prep appetizers. Turn off your cell phones and let day 1 cocktail hour begin.

Start off the day with fresh brewed coffee or tea and pack up your belongings for the biggest climb of the trip: 5.5 miles and around 1500'. Cherry-pick along the way with light tools, beautifying and making the route more accessible for those following in your footsteps. Camp at the headwaters of Little Pot Creek.

Now it's time to get your hands dirty. Grind out miles and trail work on day 3 with 8 miles atop scenic Jim White Ridge. Stop to soak in views while clearing this high-priority trail with epic vistas. Your route is generally downhill all day, gaining only 500' out of the camp to the ridge. Take it easy camping along the upper Little Minam and stay up for mind-blowing Eastern Oregon stars.

Rest up on day 4. Leave the tools at camp and follow your guides on an optional 7-mile round-trip hike to check out historic Red's Horse Ranch and for a cold beverage (or two) on the porch of nearby Minam River Lodge. On day 5, hike up and out of the wilderness on trail 1908.

After a shower, join the crew for a hosted evening after-party where you can exchange photos and memories, and go out in style. Besides your own gear, expect to carry a small folding hand saw and trade-off carrying with another person one large tool (shovel, Pulaski, or similar) for the entirety of the trip.

Includes
  • Local guides and trail crew leaders
  • Made-to-order backpacking meals
  • Donation to WMHCTA
  • All gear (tents, cots, chairs, group gear, kitchen, trail tools, etc.)
  • Pre-departure kick-off happy hour
  • Post-trip hosted party
  • Mid-trip drink at Minam River Lodge
  • Nightly backcountry appetizer and cocktail hour
  • Daily local coffee
  • Trail tools
  • Trip photographs
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Backpacking gear (backpack, tent, pad, stove, etc., unless requested)
  • Sleeping bag

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Participants

Date

Meeting point

• Meet at Barley Brown's Brew Pub for a meet and greet the night before the activity • Depart for your first day from Geiser Pollman Park in Baker City, 1723 Madison St, Baker City, OR 97814. Please meet in the parking lot of the park at 7:45 AM

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Important information

What to bring

  • Hiking shoes
  • Gloves
  • Sleeping bag
  • Hiking pants
  • Tent

Know before you go

  • Tours operate rain or shine. In case of extreme or dangerous conditions, tours will be refunded in full
  • You'll be sent a full packing list of appropriate clothing, etc.
  • Volunteer vacations are rigorous wilderness experiences that require hiking multiple miles a day on uneven terrain while using tools such as shovels, saws, and shears. This all being said, compared to usual trail work parties, the emphasis is on the party. Expect half of your time to be spent leisurely: hanging, relaxing, and enjoying your surroundings. Feel free to contact the activity provider with hesitation

Product ID: 417624