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Trip & Program Descriptions

Difficulty Levels

Easy: Relatively low to moderate physical activity; no previous experience needed.

Moderate: Moderate physical activity and/ or more difficult terrain. Some previous experience is helpful.

Hard: Good physical conditioning required. Likely will include challenging terrain and/ or environmental conditions. Previous experience or technical knowledge is strongly encouraged


  • All registration for outdoor trips must be done at the Outdoor Pursuits office in Beauchamp
  • Programs/clinics that are free of charge are available for online registration 
  • Full payment for trip/program is due at the time of registration
  • Trips include transportation, rental gear, food, facilitation and more
  • All outdoor trips have a 3:1 trip leader/participant ratio
  • A pre-trip meeting is required for participation
  • For ADA accommodations for any trip or program contact Matthew Libby at


  • Registration deadline for trips longer than +1 day is the Thursday the week of
  • Registration deadline for day trips is by Friday at 5:00 p.m.


  • All trips and programs are non-refundable
  • Trips/programs that are canceled by Outdoor Pursuits will receive a refund
Backpacking Twin Lakes
Saturday & Sunday 6/1-6/2
This backpack is an excellent opportunity for those who are looking to experience backpacking and sleeping in a tent in the backcountry for the first time. The Twin Lakes trip features about 4 miles a day with minimal elevation gain. You'll be camping on the edge of a backcountry lake with awesome views of Mt Hood. On this trip you'll learn how to pack a backpack, use an MSR whisper Lite Stove, set up tents, ration food for trips and more!
Difficulty: Moderate $45/$36 with OPP Pass


Trail Bike Ride along Banks-Vernonia State Park
Saturday 6/15
This bike ride will take place on the Banks-Vernonia State Trail. This trail is mostly paved and offers scenic peaceful views of rural Oregon.  You'll want to be comfortable riding a bike and confident in riding at least 15 miles.  We will be driving to the trail head and riding it. Somewhere along the way we will stop for a picnic in the sun.  Food, bikes and transportation are all included.  The pre-trip meeting time is Friday at 5:00 p.m.  The trip leaders on this trip are Michael and Nathan
Difficulty: Easy

$30/$24 with OPP Pass


Mountain Biking in Forest Park
Sunday 6/16
Join us as we head over to Forest Park along Germantown Road to ride some of many fire lanes that exist in the park.  For this trip you'll want to be comfortable riding a bike off trail on on uneven terrain.  General mountain biking techniques are included in this trip to help start you off. The pre-trip meeting time is Friday at 5:00 p.m.  The trip leaders on this trip are Michael and Nathan
Difficulty: Easy/Moderate $ 35/$28 with OPP Pass


Fly Fishing in Oregon Introduction
Saturday 6/30
Join us as we head to near Mt Hood National Forest for a day a fly fishing.  This trip is lead by fellow UP staff who are passionate and skilled in fly fishing.  This is a perfect trip for those who are just starting out and want to learn how to fly fish or for the professional looking for a ride out to the rivers.  On this trip all the rods, reels and transportation is included.  The daily fishing permit required by Oregon is not included in the cost. The pre-trip meeting time is Friday at 5:00 p.m.  The trip leaders on this trip are Max K. and Nathan.
Difficulty: Easy $30/$24 with OPP Pass


Kayaking & Lunch in Scappoose Bay
Sunday 6/30
Join us as we head out of Portland to Scappoose Bay. This is an amazing natural area right outside Portland. This trip will feature 2-3 hours of kayaking along these waterways, spotting unique birds and getting lunch along the banks while enjoying the summer sun. No experience is needed to do this trip but you will want a basic level of comfort around water.  Food, kayaks and transportation are all included.  The pre-trip meeting time is Friday at 5:00 p.m.  The trip leader on this trip is Nathan.
Difficulty: Easy $40/$32 with OPP Pass


Backing to Elk Meadows and Gnarl Ridge
Saturday & Sunday 7/13-7/14
Join us as we backpack to Elk Meadows in the Mt Hood National Forest. We will be camping in a nice meadow below Mt Hood and will be hiking up Gnarl Ridge on the morning the July 14th to get some amazing run rise views of the mountain. You won't need prior backpacking experience for this but will want to be confident in your cardiovascular endurance for the day hike up Gnarl Ridge.  The pre-trip meeting time is Thursday at 5:00 p.m.  The trip leaders on this trip are Taylor and Michael.
Difficulty: Hard $45/$36 with OPP Pass


Hiking Kings and Elk Mountain Loop
Sunday 7/27

Kings and Elk Mountain are little know peaks that are outside of Portland towards the coast. This is not a casual easy day hike. Instead we will be attempting to summit both mountains in one long day. Expect intense uphill portions, ridgeline exposure and amazing views. While you don't need prior experience you will want to be very good shape. If you looking for a test piece of what your made of, this is a pretty good way to do it.  Food, transportation and instruction are included for this trip.  The pre-trip meeting time is Friday at 5:00 p.m.  The trip leader on this trip is Taylor

Difficulty: Hard $30/$24 with OPP Pass


Overnight Coastal Camping & Yoga at Cape Lookout State Park
Saturday & Sunday 8/10-8/11
This trip is perfect for getting away for day and experiencing something completely different. This trip features camping on the beach at Camp Lookout State Park, morning yoga sessions, Dosha quizzes, body scan meditations and strong focus and mental and physical wellness. You'll feel recharged and ready to tackle the world after this relaxing overnight trip.  Food, transportation and camping gear are all included.  The pre-trip meeting time is Friday at 5:00 p.m.  The trip leaders on this trip are Sarah and Katelyn
Difficulty: Easy $45/$36 with OPP Pass


Trip Types


Mountain and Urban Biking

The Outdoor Pursuits Program offers both mountain and urban biking trips throughout the Fall and Spring Semesters.  These trips vary in difficulty but are always friendly for beginner riders.  As with all of our trips, the bikes, safety gear and transportation is provided, along with expert instruction from our dedicated student trip leaders.

Rock Climbing and Mountaineering

The Outdoor Pursuits Program offers rock climbing and mountaineering trips.  These include everything from sport climbing at local crags, longer multi-pitch routes at Smith Rocks and summit attempts on many peaks around the Pacific Northwest.  While the physical difficulty of trips vary depending on objective and location, there are always trips designed for the beginner.

Backpacking and Hiking

The Outdoor Pursuits Program offers a wide variety of backpacking and hiking trips.  These trips range from beginner friendly day hikes meant to expose participants to the outdoors to longer multi day backpacks.  Each backpacking and hiking trip has an assigned curriculum to it, taught by our student staff, meant to educate participants.  This curricula provides students the freedom to pursue their own personal adventures and provides the confidence to do so.

Kayaking and Rafting

The Outdoor Pursuits Program offers canoeing, kayaking and rafting trips.  These trips vary from kayaking on calm flat water to rafting class 3 and 4 rapids.  All of our water based trips use local outfitters for providing the watercraft or professional instruction.  Whether you are new to water sports or a seasoned veteran there is something here for everyone!

Skiing and Snowshoeing

The Outdoor Pursuits Program offers a variety of skiing and snowshoeing trips.  These range from snowshoeing to scenic overlooks, cross country skiing through the wilderness and skiing at local resorts around Mt. Hood.  These trips offer a unique opportunity to get out and experience the outdoors in a very different context.  For information on our ski bus program, click here.