thru-hike the eagle cap wilderness
Blisters, Blues, & Brews Tour
August 8-13 2017
When Go Wild first went to the Bronze, Blues, & Brews music festival in Joseph, Oregon we were flabbergasted. "This quality of beer and music in our own back yard?!" We danced the night away, went for a sunrise hike, and did it again on day 2. Now, we want to reenact that experience for you. Leave cooking, driving, and finding the trail to us. Enjoy the views, enjoy the blues.
The 20 mile journey to brews and blues begins the morning of August 8th. Thru-hiking the Wallowas you'll experience the untouched beauty of Eastern Oregon: high alpine lakes, towering granite peaks, vast green meadows and an incredible diversity of animal and plant wildlife. We spend 4 days and 3 nights in the backcountry so be prepared to get dirty, drink cowboy coffee, and make friends. All camping gear is provided but bring your own boots. Follow along or lead the way, but our guides know the best spots for swimming, fishing, stargazing, and gettin’ wild!
Friday morning we emerge on the northern end of the wilderness. There awaits luxurious lodgings, endless activities, and the grand finale of this tour- the Bronze, Blues, & Brews music festival. This beer and blues festival attracts acts from all over the U.S. who come to play against the backdrop the Eagle Caps. The beer will make you giddy. The music will make you boogie. We also suggest volunteering at the festival for an even more immersive experience- do that and we'll knock $35 dollars off your tour price. If you'd rather just sit back and enjoy the tunes, by all means. We provide everything: meals, transportation, lodging, gear, and guides who know how to have a good time. Following breakfast Sunday morning, we head back to Baker City, arriving ~ 12:00 pm.
Tuesday August 8th:
7:00 am: departure from Geiser Grand Hotel, Baker City
7:15 am: Breakfast at the Little Pig Cafe
8-830 am: Arrival East Eagle Trailhead
9:00 am: Enter the wilderness. August 8th to August 11th.*
*Backcountry schedules vary per group. Guides hike at an easy-moderate pace with frequent stops for water, activities, and lunch. Camps is set up before dusk with dinner served around 6:00 pm. Fires are permitted per regulation. Breakfasts is served promptly at 8:00 am. Total wilderness time: 4 days, 3 nights. Total miles: ~25.
Friday August 11th:
11:00 am: Arrive in Joseph, lunch, travel to local accommodation
12:00 pm--6:00 pm: R&R, free time, optional scheduled activities- whiskey tasting, ranch visit
6:00 pm: Bronze, Blues, & Brews Friday Night Artist Showcase and Jam
Saturday August 12th:
5:00 am: Optional sunrise hike
9:00 am: Breakfast
10:00 am- 1:00 pm: Scheduled activities- swimming, brewery tour, farm visit
1:00 pm: Bronze, Blues, & Brews Main Event, free time
Sunday August 13th:
9:00 am: Breakfast
10:00 am: Departure for Baker City
12:00 pm: Arrival in Baker City
Everything included: $1099
Lodging- split between tent camping and cabin style living in Joseph, OR
2-3 gourmet meals a day prepared by a Go Wild chef
Local artisanal beer, wine, and whiskey
Transportation to TH, back to Baker City, OR*
Guided access through the Eagle Cap Wilderness
2 nights entry to Bronze, Blues, & Brews
A wild good time
Hiking boots (though we can help you find some)
Drinks/Food purchased at the rodeo, restaurants, bars
Your mother! Expect to get dirty, sweat, help out, and have a good time
We send a complete packing list upon booking
*Pick-up/Drop-off in Portland or Boise can be arranged for an additional fee
Book before June 1st and save!
Group Pricing is available for groups of 4 or more!
Student Price available. Just ask!
Volunteer and Save!
A deposit of $99 is required at booking
Use the form at the bottom of "Multi-day Tours" to book and see discounts. Email us with questions or concerns!
On this tour expect to hike 6-10 miles per day for four days, so please be aware of the physical labor involved in this outdoor experience and feel free to talk to us about any questions or concerns.
Find out more about the Bronze, Blues, & Brews festivities here.