Get Dirty. Give Back.
Summer's End Trail Work Party
September 24 & 25
Eastern Oregon, USA
We bring the P A R T Y to work party. Kick off fall and say "au revoir" to summer during a weekend of trail maintenance, raffles, gourmet food, and shenanigans from 9/24-9/25.
Go Wild partners with Wallowa Mountain Hells Canyon Trail Association and Blue Mountain Outfitters to bring you a trip that asks you to lend a hand and treat yourself while doing it. Our trail of choice for 2022 is in Hells Canyon National Recreation Area (America's deepest gorge) and is also part of the Blue Mountain Trail, a 530 mile route in Eastern Oregon.
A trail work party is a chance to sweat for your forest, make new friends, and kick back (cocktail in hand) under big Eastern Oregon skies. There is a growing disparity between the use our trails see and the funding that goes to maintaining them.
Together, we can fix this.
What to Expect:
This is what we'd call a hybrid frontcountry / backcountry adventure. Whether you drive yourself or take the complimentary transportation from La Grande or Baker City, arrive to a deluxe camp set up at the trailhead. We'll depart from there for daily trail work outings into the wild.
At camp, everything is set up to maximize your time and leisure off the trail. This is an all-inclusive trip. Enjoy gourmet camp fire cooked meals, sip on hand crafted cocktails; just bring your boots, camp gear, and a good set of gloves.
*Note: Camping gear available upon request, free of charge.
Do it for your Soul
Do it for the Forest
Disconnect from your daily grind, work that body, feel immensely rewarded.
Build a Legacy
Help improve trails within the Wallowa-Whitman NF and bring outdoor adventure to others for years to come.
Connect with Friends & Nature
We're serious when we say, "vacation." Work and play alongside other do-gooders in the beautiful Oregon backcountry
2022 Dates & Details
Western Rim Trail
Miles / Gain:
~3ish miles / day
A note on difficulty:
This is indeed a work trip, but like we said before, we prefer work PARTY. The afternoon of Day 1 and a good portion of Day 2 will be spent on the trial clearing down logs and brush. Expect half of your time to be spent leisurely- hanging, relaxing, and enjoying your surroundings. Contact us with hesitations.
What to expect, work-wise:
Expect to carry a small folding hand saw and trade off carrying with another person one large tool (shovel, Pulaski, or similar) while on the trail. Trail work will consist of:
- Cutting out small trees in trail (6"-15")
- Using saws or loppers to cut out nearby seedlings
- Using shovels or Pulaskis to clean out water bars/dips
- Using shovels or Pulaskis to re-establish tread
- Using loppers to cut back brushy plants
- Removing rocks from trail
local, professional, naturalist guides & trail work leaders
camp chef & bartender
transportation from La Grande at 630AM on 9/24 or Baker City at 715AM
for the first 13 sign ups
nightly musical entertainment
entry to raffle for special prizes from Blue Mountain Outfitters
10% off pre-trip purchase from Blue Mountain Outfitters
Day 1: Appetizers, Dinner, Dessert
Day 2: Coffee / Tea, Breakfast
beverages & cocktail package
all camp & hiking gear if needed
we'll send you a packing list upon booking
camp games, activities- we are professional wilderness fun facilitators
professional photographer & download link to photos
meet & greet evening before
endless adventure, new friends, an experience of a lifetime
Transportation to La Grande or Baker City, Oregon from your home location
Accommodation before and after trip
Sleeping bag (available at +$40/person)
Trail lunches (bring easy handheld lunches to eat on the trail)
Heavy duty pair of leather work gloves and sturdy hiking boots
Appropriate Clothing (we'll send you a complete packing list)
Guide Gratuity (generally 20% of trip costs)
Evening Before, 9/23:
Meet at our favorite brewpub in La Grande, Oregon for an evening "meet & greet" to talk logistics and get to know each other over local beverages. Contact us for discounts at local hotels.
If riding with Go Wild (first 13 sign ups), get picked up in La Grande at 6:30AM or in Baker City at 715AM for a 2.5 hour drive to the Western Rim trailhead off the 39 Road above Hells Canyon. If you're 're planning on driving your own rig, contact us for directions. After a pre-departure safety talk and how-to with the tools, head out with the trail crew for an afternoon of work before returning to camp for cocktail hour and camp fire dinner.
After a hearty breakfast and bottomless coffee, hit the trail for a second day of work. We'll wrap up mid-afternoon so folks can get back home and wipe the dirt off.
Minimum Adventurers: 8
We need 8 guests to run this adventure, please tell your friends!!!
BOI- Boise International, Boise, ID / PDT- Eastern Oregon Regional Airport, Pendleton, OR
The Fine Print:
Full deposit due at time of booking, held until minimum is met. Due to the nature of our business with limited dates, trip sizes and commitments of guides, this is non-refundable if trip min is met. The deposit may however, be transferred to a future Go Wild trip if the cancelation is made 90 day prior to tour departure.
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 // firstname.lastname@example.org