Get Dirty. Give Back.
Trail Work Stewardship Vacations |
Eastern Oregon, USA
We bring the P A R T Y to work party. A Volunteer Vacation is a chance to sweat for your forest, make new friends, and kick back (cocktail in hand) under big Eastern Oregon skies. Experience the glamour of a Go Wild trip without the price tag. There is a growing disparity between the use our trails see and the funding that goes to maintaining them.
Together, we can fix this.
June 17-19, Go Wild partners with Wallowa Mountain Hells Canyon Trail Association 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.
What to Expect:
This is what we'd call a hybrid frontcountry / backcountry adventure. Whether you drive yourself or take the complimentary transportation from 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 off the trail. This is an all-inclusive trip. Enjoy gourmet camp fire cooked meals, sleep on cots in tents, sip on hand crafted cocktails; just bring your boots and a good set of gloves.
During the day, explore nearby lakes on guided hikes, try your hand at fly fishing, forage for wild edible plants, or relax at camp. It's up to you. Your guides will have planned activities every day.
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
Booking & Details Below
Select June 17 to book by paying a deposit below.
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
2 days of meals (L & D), beverages & cocktail package
all camp / hike / trail gear- tents, cots, chairs, group gear, kitchen, trail tools, etc. (excluding sleeping bags)
we'll send you a packing list upon booking
personal 2- person tent & cot.
Contact us if you would like to / can share. This decreases our impact on the land.
camp games, activities- we are professional wilderness fun facilitators
professional photographer & download link to photos
meet & greet evening before
After party with hosted beverages
endless adventure, new friends, an experience of a lifetime
Transportation to Baker City, Oregon
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, we're donating all of this to WMHCTA)
Meet at our favorite brewpub in Baker City, 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.
Depart Baker City at 8AM for 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.
Now it's time to get your hands dirty. Day 2 is our main day of trail work. But, that's not before a hearty breakfast and bottomless coffee.
After a send off-breakfast and camp clean up, join the crew for a hosted afternoon after-party where we'll exchange photos, memories, and go out in style.
Minimum Adventurers: 6
We reserve the right to cancel any tour that does not meet the 6 guest minimum.
BOI- Boise International, Boise, ID / PDT- Eastern Oregon Regional Airport, Pendleton, OR
The Fine Print:
$ 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 // firstname.lastname@example.org