Come to stargaze,
A Hike Through Time
a 4-day geology trek through Oregon's Wallowa Mountains
Led by Go Wild and professional geologist and author, Bob Carson, Ph.D., A Hike Through Time is an all-inclusive backpacking trek through Oregon's Eagle Cap Wilderness. Over the course of 4 days in the backcountry, learn about the geological forces that shaped some of Oregon's oldest mountains, I.D. rocks found along the trail, and enjoy evening fireside geology discussions over camp cocktails and gourmet cast-iron cooking.
Bedrock Geology of the Wallowa Mountains
After introductions, we set out for the trailhead and begin our 4.5 mile hike up the dramatic Main Eagle drainage of the scenic Eagle Cap Wilderness. This is where you'll really get to know your guides and fellow geology enthusiasts. Enjoy a gourmet charcuterie lunch hosted by your guides/chefs and take multiple stops along the way for photo-ops and on-the-trail impromptu geology and ecology lessons.
Over cocktails and a locally-sourced dinner, end the evening with a themed discussion that takes you thru 1.4 billion years of NW history.
Ice Ages and Glaciations
After coffee and a cast-iron breakfast, grab your hand lens and day pack for a day full of exploration to some prime examples of Wallowa geology. Don't forget your swimsuit! Glacier carved alpine lakes await. Ask Bob questions on the trail and gather specimens for identification around the campfire.
Your themed discussion of the evening dives into ice ages and glaciation, shedding further light on many of the landforms witnessed throughout the day.
Stump the Geologist
You've settled into the wilderness and taken care of by our guides, get ready for another day in nature's classroom.
Today takes you past more lakes to an other-worldly view of the entire valley showcasing evidence of some seriously fierce geology. In the evening, play everyone's favorite campfire game- Stump The Geologist! Who has questions!?
Throughout the trip there will be opportunities for fly fishing, swimming in alpine lakes, rock collecting, kicking back, and many more activities when your brain needs a break.
Out of the Woods
Once out of the wilderness, share your best photos and experiences from the weekend with your fellow adventures over glasses of wine at our local winery for a trip ending party!
These trips inevitably include a fair amount of walking and hiking with a backpack, sometimes on rough terrain and up hills. We don't want to turn anyone away, so if you have concerns, please give us a call and we'll be happy to talk through options.
$500 deposit due at time of booking. Refundable (-$150 service charge) by Feb. 1, 2021. Final payment due May 1, 2021. Cancellations 30+ to 15 days prior to the tour: The participant will be required to pay 50% of trip price. Cancellations within 14 days: No refund. For 2021, cancelation and deposit policy may be flexible due to COVID-19.
Weather: All tours operate rain or shine. Weather's no reason not to have fun! In case of extreme conditions, tours are refunded on a case by case basis.
Contact us: 541.403.1692 //
· Small Group Access to one of the PNW's Expert Geologists
· Local Expert Wilderness Guides (1-2)
· All-inclusive Gourmet Meal Prep & Service
· Adventure & Hiking Equipment as Needed
· Complimentary rock hand lens
· Complimentary Evening Wine Tasting
· Backcountry Leisure Activities & Gear
· Pre-tour Planning & Logistics
· 20+ Professional Trip Photographs
· Backcountry Safety Gear
· Optional Evening Cocktail Hour (+$)
Gear Porter- inquire for info
($+400, in and out)
Work in a small group with a professional geologist and gain a specialized understanding of the very ground you hike across
Enjoy evening fire-side presentations on everything from basic geological history to glaciation to climate change
Feast on the best local fare Eastern Oregon has to offer, prepared in front of you by your guide-chef
Explore the Eagle Cap Wilderness's alpine lakes, trails, rivers, and peaks through the lens of geology
$1200 / Person
2021 Dates: August 12-15
Group Size: 8 spots
Departure / Return:
Baker City, OR
Boise, ID or Pendleton OR
· Sturdy Hiking Boots & Water Shoes
· Hiking Gear Not Requested
· Sleeping bags ($40/person)
· Transportation to Trailhead (2021 COVID-19 precaution)
· Guide Gratuity (appreciated, but not required)
About Bob Carson
Currently based in Walla Walla, WA as Professor of Geology and Environmental Studies Emeritus at Whitman College, Bob's passion for geology and mountaineering runs as deep as his list of published geology texts is long. His most extensive research is based in the PNW, Yellowstone, and Mongolia. Besides rocks, Bob likes getting into the mountains, whitewater boating, and world travel. Read more about Bob HERE.