Whiskey in the water 

Haines 4th of July Tour
July 1-5 2017

Haines is a small railroad town at the foothills of the southern Blue Mountains. Usually a quiet cowboy town of 300 people, every Independence Day, Haines comes alive with a pit BBQ, rodeo, live music, and a fireworks show that brings partiers from across Baker County. Taking as the tour name the motto of the town, "Whiskey in the water, and gold in the streets," this tour takes you into a beautiful alpine lake and finishes with festivities in the "biggest little town in Oregon."

Detailed Itenerary

Celebrate American Independence Day in true wild-west style. On July 1st we depart on an easy two night backpacking trip into the little known, but immensely beautiful, southern Blue Mountains. Coming down from great heights we descend into Baker Valley for a 4th of July celebration in "the biggest little town in Oregon," Haines, a railroad town of 300 people that boasts the motto "...where there's whiskey in the water and gold in the streets." You'll drink local whiskey, have a chance to compete in the annual rooster crowing contest, and watch a fantastic fireworks show. 

Saturday July 1st:

7:00 am: departure from Geiser Grand Hotel, Baker City

7:15 am: Breakfast at the Little Pig Cafe

8-830 am: Arrival at Anthony Lakes Trailhead

9:00 am: Enter the wilderness*


*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: 3 days, 2 nights. Total miles: 10-15.

Monday July 3rd:

11:00 am: Exit wilderness, lunch at Anthony Lakes Resort, travel to local accommodation

12:00 pm-- 5:30 Pm: R&R, free time, scheduled activities- farm visit, whiskey tasting, optional bike tour

5:30 pm: Haines Stampede

Tuesday July 4th:

5:00 am: Optional sunrise hike

7:00 am: Optional fun run

8:00 am: Cowboy Breakfast at Haines Grange

10:00 am- 2:00 pm: Independence Day festivities, parade, live music, rooster crowing contest pit BBQ

2:00 pm: Haines Stampede

5:00 pm: 4th of July Party with locals

10:00 pm: Fireworks


Wednesday July 5th:

9:00 am: breakfast

10:00-11:00 am: Cleanup

11:00 am: departure for Baker City

Eagle Cap Wilderness Tours

Everything included: $850


  • Lodging- split between tent camping and a ranch stay in Baker Valley outside Haines, OR

  • 2-3 gourmet meals a day prepared by a Go Wild chef 

  • Local artisanal whiskey (or booze of your choice)

  • Camping/Hiking Gear

  • Transportation to TH, lodging, etc*

  • Guided access to the southern Blue Mountains

  • Entry to Haines Stampede

  • A wild good time

Not included:

  • 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 will send you 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!

A deposit of 10% trip cost 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 2-6 miles per day for three 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 Haines 4th of July festivities here.