What To Expect
Wander Women backpacking trips are “expedition style”, which means everyone works together to carry the gear, cook meals, and perform camp chores. But don’t worry, even if you have never been camping before we will teach you everything you need to know!
You will be provided with a comprehensive packing list, complete with tips on where to find the things you need. Before each trip, we hold a pre-trip gathering where you can get to know the group, ask questions about gear, and get tips for packing your backpack. If you are not local to Portland, we will hold a separate online meeting.
On the first day of the trip we’ll meet at trailhead (about 5hrs East of Portland) in the afternoon, divvy up group gear and food, and head off down the trail. Each day we will hike for several miles on rustic trails, carrying everything we need on our backs. You’ll eat delicious meals customized for your dietary needs, and sleep in tents. Throughout the trip there are intentional reflective activities, educational opportunities, and plenty of time to just enjoy the wilderness and the company of other women. We can’t wait for you to join our community!
What We Provide
Wander Women provides all the group gear, food, and guidance for each trip. Group gear includes tents, cookware, stoves, first aid kit, water treatment, navigation, and permits. 1-person or 2-person tents are available. Food menus are tailored for each trip based on the group’s dietary needs and preferences. Wander Women eat well, and delicious snacks are plentiful!
What You Need
You will need personal gear including clothing, hiking boots, backpack, sleeping bag, and ground pad. A detailed packing list will be provided upon registration. If you don’t already own the necessary items, we provide descriptions, examples, and guidance on options for where to buy or rent them.
Private Group Trips
Do you have a group of women and a date in mind for a trip? Contact us! We love to plan custom trips just for you. These trips are great for girls weekends, bachelorette parties, divorce celebrations, corporate team building, mother-daughter groups, birthday parties, sober retreats, church groups, and more!
Dates: July – September
Price: $2,750 for up to 8 people
Elkhorn Crest Trail
The Elkhorn Crest Trail is considered one of the most spectacular and rewarding backpacking routes in Oregon, and for good reason! The trail follows the granite spine of the Elkhorn range, and features views of jagged peaks and sweeping valleys.
Each night we’ll camp beside sparkling alpine lakes, and we may even spot elk grazing the meadows. We’ll be hiking above 7,000ft, which will feel easy with the support of your fellow Wander Women! There will be options to day hike further, or to sit and reflect on the beauty of our surroundings. You won’t want to miss out on this chance to experience some of the best scenery in all of Oregon!
Thu., July 22 – Sun., July 25, 2021
Thu., Sep. 16 – Sun., Sep. 19, 2021
Strawberry Mountain Wilderness
Come explore the beautiful isolated wilderness of the Strawberry Mountains in central Oregon. This seldom-visited area is a hidden gem of Oregon, where we can expect sweeping views, wildflowers in bloom, and even possible sightings of herds of mountain goats.
This two-night trip is the perfect getaway for a long weekend. We’ll hike several miles each day and camp beside sparkling alpine lakes. We’ll be hiking above 7,000ft, which will feel easy with the support of your fellow Wander Women! There will be options to day hike further, or to sit and reflect on the beauty of our surroundings. For the adventurous, there is even the opportunity to summit 9,042ft Strawberry Mountain! You won’t want to miss out on this chance to experience some of the best scenery in all of Oregon.
Dates: Fri., Aug. 27 – Sun., Aug. 29, 2021
Wild & Scenic North Fork John Day River
Hike along the banks of the Wild & Scenic North Fork of the John Day River, where it spills out from the heights of the Elkhorn Crest Mountains. We'll be in the remote John Day Wilderness, where you'll take in the majesty of the wild river, see wildflowers in bloom, and walk through fragrant Pine forest.
Each night we’ll camp beside the cool, clear river, and we may even spot elk grazing the meadows. The trail is moderate, with some hills but no significant climbs as it stays along the river. We’ll be hiking above 5,000ft, which will feel easy with the support of your fellow Wander Women! You won’t want to miss out on this chance to experience some of the best scenery in all of Oregon!
Dates: Thur., June 17 – Sun., June 20, 2021