Gain the ability and confidence to execute your own backpacking adventures, all while in the supportive and empowering company of other adventurous women. Spend four days hiking roughly 30 miles of the iconic Pacific Crest Trail through Oregon's stunning wilderness and learn the valuable skills needed to plan and execute solo backpacking trips. Led by experienced women guides, the goal is to create a learning experience that's open to all who identify as a woman.
Begin your adventure at the Rare Earth Adventures office in Troutdale, Oregon for a gear check and to learn the basics of how and what to pack. From Troutdale, you'll travel to the trailhead and begin your adventure. This portion of the PCT is filled with dense forest and packed dirt and you'll pass by many lakes and tons of wild blueberries and huckleberries. You'll hike between 8-12 miles per day, depending on group abilities, and the elevation gain/loss is moderate each day.
Throughout your adventure, you'll be guided by the experienced and trained women of Rare Earth Adventures. As outdoor experts, these women love the outdoors and are dedicated to showing their guests the best of the Pacific Northwest's wild backcountry. They love to share their knowledge with others and aim to pass on their skills so you can get out and explore on your own. No previous backpacking experience is required, you'll just need to be in good shape and able to carry a 40 pound pack over distances up to 15 miles per day. During the tour, you'll receive in-depth instruction in backpacking techniques and subjects such as using a map and guidebook to plan logistics and daily hiking distance, how to find and set up a campsite, locating and purifying water, cooking meals and the use of different types of portable stoves, basic trail first aid, and navigating with a compass. Thanks to the skills you'll learn here, you'll have the knowledge and the confidence to start backpacking on your own. The Pacific Crest Trail is just the beginning!