This 4-day/3 night tour will journey to some of Oregon's most majestic, and least known, mountains.* This tour will be filled with outdoor activities amidst these magnificent peaks, as well as time to explore quaint towns brimming with Oregon flair, including what the New York Times hailed as the Remote Oregon Town to Try Next.
*For this tour, Cascadian Journeys operates under a Special Use Permit from the Wallowa Whitman National Forest.
Day 1 - On our first day, we'll make our way from Portland across the state to La Grande. Along the way, we'll stop in the famed Columbia River Gorge for some light hiking and a picnic lunch among the waterfalls.
Day 2 - Today we'll be on our way to hike the Elkhorn Mountains where we'll hike around several breathtaking alpine lakes surrounded by the mountain peaks looming above. After our hike we'll head to into the Wallowas, known by locals as the Swiss Alps of Oregon. We'll land in the town of Joseph which will be our home for the rest of our tour and where we'll be greeted with a private farm-to-table dinner before turning in for the evening.
Day 3 - Today will be filled with adventure and picturesque vistas every step of the way. First we'll take a break from hiking for an interpretive drive through Hells Canyon, our country's deepest canyon. Upon reaching the Hells Canyon Overlook, we'll have time to meander the pathways in the area and enjoy a picnic lunch while admiring the vastness of the canyon views. After we're done soaking in the scenery, we'll head back to Joseph for some time to explore the town, with an option for guests to take a tram up to one of the Wallowas' highest peaks. We'll round out the day with a private sunset kayak tour on Wallowa Lake.
Day 4 - After bidding farewell to these beloved mountains, we'll head back to Portland. We'll stop along the way for a picnic lunch in an area known for being part of the original Oregon Trail. From here, we'll continue on to Portland for you to enjoy the rest of your Northwest journey.
In addition to having a personal guide with you every day, the following are included in the Swiss Alps of Oregon travel package:
Transportation: At no extra charge, we'll pick you up from your lodging in Portland (lodging the night before and after the trip not included), and drop you back off at the end of the trip. All transportation between sites through the duration of the trip is also included.
The following meals are included:
Breakfast on Day 2, Day 3, and Day 4
Lunch on all days
Farm-to-table dinner on Day 2
All other meals will take place at restaurants in town, cost not included.
Lodging: All lodging the nights of Day 1, 2, and 3 is included. For this tour, all lodging takes place at lovely bed and breakfasts in the small towns we'll be visiting. Guests will have their own private room at the B and B's but may share a bathroom with one other room. Please see our FAQ section for additional information about lodging.
Activities: Private kayak tour on Day 3 with kayak rental included. Cost of optional tram ride on Day 3 not included.
Equipment: Trekking poles will be provided if desired. Your guide will also be carrying a first aid kit and other "10 essentials".
What is NOT Included:
Aside from the meals mentioned above that are not included, guests should bring their own day packs, refillable water bottles, and appropriate clothing and footwear. A detailed suggested packing list will be emailed to guests prior to your trip.
Activities - As mentioned above, the cost of the optional tram ride on Day 3 is not included. Click here for more information about this activity.
Guide gratuity is not included though it is always appreciated.
Vacation insurance is not included nor required, but is strongly recommended.
About the Hikes
The information below describes the approximate round-trip distance and elevation gain for each of the hikes we'll be going on with the Swiss Alps of Oregon tour. All hikes are subject to modification based on weather and trail conditions at the time of the tour. We are also always more than happy to adjust based on group preferences.
Distance - 3.5 miles, Elevation gain - 500 feet
Distance - 4 miles, Elevation gain - 340 feet
No planned hiking today, option for guests to explore the top of the Wallowas if they choose to take the optional tram ride.