Leave SMC Niles campus at 5:00AM for charter bus transfer to O'Hare airport to catch our 8:54AM nonstop from Chicago to Portland, Oregon arriving at 11:26AM. We will meet Reggie and our deluxe Windstar charter bus. We'll drive 45 minutes to Multnomah Falls for lunch and a short hike. Then it's an hour and ten minute drive to our lodging in Kelso, Washington, the Comfort Inn & Suites.
This is our big day for a variety of hikes at Mt. St. Helen. I have scheduled a 6:00AM breakfast buffet (9:00AM body time) and a 7:00AM sharp departure for the 45 minute drive to our trailhead for an 8:00AM start. Please pack the night before, be sure you have 5 liters water, a water filter for backup, and bring trail lunch supplies as there will be no water or dining facilities. Hopefully everyone will be off the course by 5:00PM and we will drive back to the fabulous McMenamins Brew Pub on the Columbia River for our celebration.
We will check out at 8:30AM and take the scenic three hour, fifty minute ride to charming Bend, Oregon and en route do an afternoon cool down recovery hike on the beautiful Deschutes River Trail. Our hotel in Bend is the Fairfield Inn & Suites in the heart of the downtown area.
Check out at 8:30AM for our two hour, fifteen minute drive to Crater Lake National Park and a wonderful 6 mile hike on the Pacific Crest Trail along the bluff overlooking Crater Lake. We will also have an extra credit 3.4 mile hike up scenic Garfield Peak. Our lodging in Grants Pass, Oregon is the Best Western and we will stop at a store for supplies.
We will checkout and leave at 8:30AM for a scenic one hour 40 minute drive to the Redwood National Forest and an 8.7 mile Big Tree hike. Plan to bring trail lunch supplies. Our next lodging is at The Lighthouse Inn on the Pacific Ocean in Crescent City, California.
We will leave at 9:00AM and take a short drive to the Silver Falls State Park where we will hike the 7.2 mile, spectacular Trail of 10 Falls Loop Hike.
The initial distribution of this commemorative custom sweat top was to PNW participants of the Jordan River Test Hike.
All PNW trekkers get one of these cool sweat tops. Let us know in advance to pick up your shirt at a training hike. Thom will send a list to Coach and he will bring your size shirt. Send your request early so Coach has time to pull the shirts.
(Note: there's just too many boxes to bring them all). Thom@CairnStoneTours.com
If picking up your sweat top at a training hike does not work for you contact Coach Gunn for an alternate arrangement. 574.215.4779 Ron@CairnStoneTours.com
OR send him a large self addressed, prepaid Priority Envelope.
Ron Gunn, 142 Conifer Trail, Dowagiac, MI 49067
Bend, OR Jake and Adi