Crowned as one of the first two National Scenic Trails in 1968, the Pacific Crest Trail is the most trodden path of the West. While completing the full, 2-650-mile long trail would take months, you’ll only go through a 30-mile portion of it over the course of four days. There’s hardly a more scenic setting for learning the basics of backpacking than Oregon’s backcountry: temperate rainforests lush with blueberries and huckleberries, meadows flooded with wildflowers, crystalline lakes, and the celestial Mt. Hood volcano. Traverse this iconic path running over mountainous stretches and bring your days to an end by setting up your own camp, followed by a dip in the lake. If, however, you’d prefer the company of like-minded adventurous women, check out our all-women backpacking tour through the Pacific Crest Trail.

  • One of the 11 National Scenic Trails

  • Backcountry 101 — learn the basics of living in the wilderness

  • Scenic path: lush rainforests, vibrant wildflowers, alpine lakes

Itinerary

Get a taste of the Pacific Crest Trail, a footpath along West Coast’s backbone, and learn the ropes of backpacking along the way. Over the course of 4 days, you’ll hike through a 30-mile portion of the Cascade’s subdued volcanic landscape with a stellar view of Oregon’s largest and most active volcano: Mt. Hood. Apart from gaining crucial skills for backpacking in the wilderness, you’ll have plenty of time to relax in the lake, smell the wildflowers, and pick blueberries.

  • Meet your guide and the rest of your group at your guide’s office. You’ll get transported to the trailhead. Your PCT adventure begins!
    Meals: Lunch and dinner

    All-women backpacking tour on the Pacific Crest Trail, Oregon.
  • Although the Pacific Crest Trail stretches from Mexico to Canada, you’ll only be doing a 25-40-mile portion of it (40-48 km). Enjoy the views of Mt. Hood as you traverse lush temperate rainforests, and take a dip in the lake upon reaching your campsite for the night. Your guides will teach you the basics of backpacking: preparation and planning, wilderness survival essentials, Leave No Trace principles, campsite selection and setup, backcountry nutrition, bear-safe food storage methods, and more!
    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

    Mt Hood in Oregon, volcano.
  • Tread the last few miles of the trail until you reach the point where you can get transported back to the city. Say goodbye to your guide and your team. If you’d like to stay a bit longer in the area, just ask your guides for some recommendations!
    Meals: Breakfast and lunch

    Pacific Crest Trail sign in Oregon Cascades Wilderness.

Meet your guide

Rare Earth Adventures
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Rare Earth Adventures
From climbing Mt. Saint Helen’s to snowshoeing on Mount Hood, Rare Earth Adventures offers one-of-a-kind adventures. Their guides are certified Wilderness First Responders that will make sure your adventure is both safe and fun! They have been creating unique outdoor experiences since 2006.
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Outdoors Walker about Rare Earth Adventures on Google Reviews

This was a wonderful way to feel more confident backpacking. It was a lot of work and very rewarding. I had Alexis as my guide. She was helpful and full of information. Always watchful if you needed help, there to answer any questions (and we had a lot), connected with each of us. I was a single traveler. I felt very comfortable and included in all aspects of the trip. The portion of the PCT we did was spectacular.

Shannon Moore about Rare Earth Adventures on Google Reviews

Just went on an awesome 4-day backpacking trip on the PCT with REA. REA was so helpful in the planning and preparing for the trip – everything from training hike suggestions to a packing list (and they had some gear to borrow if you didn’t have everything!). The guides on the trail were amazing, fun, and knowledgeable – especially Misha! I highly recommend REA for any short or long hiking, backpacking, or climbing trip you might be considering in their area!

Liz S about Rare Earth Adventures on Google Reviews

Memorable trip!!!  Rare Earth Adventures thoughtfully planned out this trip from all aspects including helping with the gear, pacing, terrain, transportation, and knowledge building on backpacking skills. Our guide Misha was absolutely AMAZING. I would highly recommend this group and highly recommend Misha as a guide on any adventure.

Things to know

  • 57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity. 

    We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, their guides, and the communities they’re traveling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Oregon, please refer to Oregon’s COVID-19 resources and updates.

    Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!

  • What you get on this adventure:

      • An experienced, local hiking guide with extensive knowledge of the area
      • 4 days of backpacking the Pacific Crest Trail
      • Transportation to the trailhead and back
      • Meals (as indicated in the itinerary)
      • Snacks, tea, and coffee
      • Group camping gear (water filter, stove and fuel canisters, toilet paper and waste bags, bear canister, travel trowel)
      • Backpacking tent
      • Water filter
      • Trekking poles

    What’s not included:

      • Transportation to Oregon
      • Backpacking sleeping bag and pad
      • Guide gratuities — optional
  • No experience necessary—this is a beginner-friendly backpacking trip through a selected part of the Pacific Crest Trail! Your guides will teach you everything you need to know about backpacking. However, you need to be in good shape as you’ll be hiking up to 12 miles/ 19.5 km a day up moderate inclines while carrying a 40 lb/ 18 km (or an even heavier) backpack. Make sure you’re physically fit enough to keep up this tempo for four days.

  • Here’s a list of the equipment you need to bring:

      • Sleeping bag and pad
      • Day pack large enough to carry all the items listed (around a 25-40L bag)
      • Water bottle or hydration bladder (2L capacity)
      • Lightweight hiking boots or shoes
      • Spare clothes for layering
      • Waterproof rain jacket
      • Sunhat
      • Toiletries (sunscreen, hand sanitizer, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
      • Headlamp or flashlight
      • Sunglasses
      • Camera — optional (but recommended)

    Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. Layers are best and don’t wear jeans.

  • Of course! You’ll need to bring your own sleeping bag and pad, and if you don’t have your own, there are plenty of rental companies in Portland—the starting point of your tour. You can rent from LowerGear Rentals, Mountain Shop, Portland Paddle, or any other rental company in Portland. Make sure you make arrangements in time. Contact us if you need any help!

  • Group sizes and prices:

      • For this backpacking tour along the Pacific Crest Trail, the usual client-to-guide ratio is 10:1. 
      • All cost is per person and does not decrease as the group grows. 

    Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.

    If you’re looking to join an all-women version of this trip, check out our all-women backpacking along the Pacific Crest Trail.

    Min. age requirements:

      • If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
      • Minors younger than 18 may be permitted to join the hike on a case-by-case basis, but must be in the presence of a parent or legal guardian.

    If your group has hikers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

  • A 30% deposit to secure your place is due upon booking. The remaining amount is paid 3 months (90 days) prior to departure. Once the trip is confirmed by the guide, the cancellation policy stated below applies. We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance to protect your trip cost.

      • If Client cancels the Booking within 48 hours of purchase, Client is entitled to a full refund.
      • If Client cancels the Booking anytime prior to thirty (30) calendar days in advance of the trip, Client will receive a refund up to 80% of the purchase price of the trip.
      • For cancellations ten (10) to thirty (30) calendar days in advance, Client is entitled to a refund up to 70% of the total amount paid when Booking. 
      • After that deadline, Client is not entitled to any refund. Any reimbursable expenses arising out of the Booking incurred by Guide prior to the date of cancellation (including but not limited to plane tickets, car rental payments, and lodging or transportation fees) are non-refundable.
  • To get to Portland, Oregon, most people fly into Portland International Airport (PDX). From there, you have a 15-minute drive to your guide’s office in Troutdale.

    You’ll meet your guide and your fellow backpackers at the guide’s office, 121 E Historic Columbia River Hwy, Troutdale, OR 97060. Their office entrance is located below and behind the storefronts in downtown Troutdale. Turn left off the main street immediately after the “Gateway to the Gorge” arch to access the lower parking lot.

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