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Fully Wild.

Classic Backpacking Trips | Oregon, USA

These are the trips we've grown up on. Throw on a pair of hiking boots, grab your backpack, fill it with food for a few days, convince a couple friends to join, and venture into the unknown. Not our gourmet option, but the benefits of these trips are countless:
Learn valuable backpacking & wilderness skills
Leave the logistics, trip planning, safety, and local knowledge to the guide
Enjoy big discounts & meal plan tips with our meal partner RightOnTreK
Explore Oregon's largest wilderness and disconnect from your daily grind
with friends and family, new & old
No distractions. That's right, no cell service here.

Trips generally run from May - October. We recommend 2-4 nights to truly experience the wild.

What to Expect:

Compared to our upscale trips, our classic backpacking trips are less glamorous and more wild. You carry a backpack with all the gear you need for you entire stay- sleeping bag, tent, pad, food, & your choice of libation.

The night before your trip, meet your local guides in the small cowboy town of Baker City or La Grande for a complimentary beer. Get to know your guides, get fitted for backpacks and gear, explore the map, and learn about your adventure to come.

After a short drive and trailhead safety talk, put on your packs for a journey into wild Oregon. Take regular breaks for water, snacks, and trailside educational chats. Learn about local natural history, flora & fauna, Native America lore, and (depending on the season) forage for wild berries and mushrooms. 

Time at camp is for friends and family away from modern distractions. No cell service here! Try your hand at fly fishing, camp games, or put your feet up under huge Eastern Oregon skies. End the night with stories around the campfire, and in true American tradition, roasting gourmet s'mores. 

Dates & Details

Locations:

All camp locations are located in the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest. All tours depart from Baker City, or La Grande OR. Expect impressive scenery, vast stretches of wilderness, crystal clear alpine lakes, and endless beauty. 

Inclusions:

  • local naturalist guides

  • group safety equipment, camp activity gear, and other group tools

  • meal plan help and option to add basic guide prepared meals

  • permits & fees

  • photographer & download link to photos

  • optional backcountry cocktail package

  • optional "shopping session" at local outfitter to get you outfitted with gear at a discount

  • shuttles, when needed

  • endless adventure, new friends, an experience of a lifetime

 

Difficulty:

No experience necessary for any Go Wild experiences. That's the point! Sample itineraries:

Bench Canyon Loop: 17miles / 3700' total gain / Hike 4-7 miles a day, moving camp each day as you explore two beautiful drainages of the SW Wallowas.

Elkhorn Crest: 27 miles / 2800' total gain / Day 1: 5 miles, Day 2: 12 miles, Day 3: rest, Day 4: 10 miles. Big mileage days on this one but not a lot of elevation gain. Hike along the epic Elkhorn Crest of the Blue Mountains with 360 views. 

Nearest Airports:

BOI- Boise International, Boise, ID / PDT- Eastern Oregon Regional Airport, Pendleton, OR

Elkhorn Crest Itinerary:

Evening Before Tour: Meet at our favorite brewpub in Eastern Oregon for an evening "meet & greet" to talk logistics, pack bags, and get to know each other over beverages and music. Contact us for discounts at local hotels.

Day 1: Depart Baker City for 45min drive to trailhead. Hike 5 miles to a beautiful secluded camp with wildflowers and mountain goats.

Day 2: Rise early to pack up and hike 12 miles to your next lake, a large alpine body of water waiting to be jumped into. 

Day 3: Rest day! Optionally follow your guides on an optional hike to a nearby lake teaming with trout and wildflowers

Day 4: Hike out of the wilderness with massive views along the way.

Main Eagle / Bench Canyon Itinerary:

Evening Before Tour: Meet at our favorite brewpub in Eastern Oregon for an evening "meet & greet" to talk logistics, pack bags, and get to know each other over beverages and music. Contact us for discounts at local hotels.

Day 1: Depart Baker City for 1.5 hr drive to trailhead. Hike 4.5 miles to our secret creek side camp spot for epic views and trout fishing.

Day 2: Day 2 brings an easy 3 mile hike to a gorgeous talus backed lake. Take a dip, relax at camp, or tag on an extra hike to another lake.

Day 3: Up and over! Hike to the summit past Mazama ash, a massive basalt flow, and other epic geology to yet another high mountain lake to make camp.

Day 4: Depart the wilderness for home but not before covering more new group and outrageously gorgeous terrain.

The Fine Print:

  • $500 deposit due at time of booking. Due to the nature of our business with limited dates, trip sizes and commitments of guides, this is non-refundable. The deposit may however, be transferred to a future Go Wild trip if the cancelation is made 90 day prior to tour departure. 

  • Final payment due 90 days prior to departure by check, cash, or Venmo. Cancelations within 90 days will be charged the entire balance unless you or us can fill the spot at full price. 

  • Weather: All tours operate rain or shine. Weather's no reason not to have fun! In case of extreme or dangerous conditions, tours are refunded in full.

  • Go Wild has the right to cancel any trip that does not meet our 6 guest minimum; confirmations will be made 90 days prior to the start of the tour.

  • Contact us: 541.403.1692 // gowildusa@gmail.com