Each year the Chemeketans offer a selection of backpacking trips to a wide variety of truly amazing destinations. Many of these destinations are in Oregon, but we also venture to other places all over the western United States.
If you are an experienced backpacker, please join us by contacting the leader of a backpack that interests you (see Schedule below). These trips vary in length and difficulty. The leader will help you determine if the trip suits your skill and conditioning level. While we make every effort to provide accurate information about each trip, weather and other factors may force changes to dates and trip routes. Most backpacks will have a limit of 6-12 participants.
If you are new to backpacking, or if it has been awhile since you have been out, consider attending the Beginner Backpacking Class offered every spring. The class has two parts: (1) in April, a classroom show and tell of gear and backpacking food; and (2) in June, a weekend backpack trip to practice your new skills.
More information about the 2019 Beginners' Backpacking Class can be found here.
Whether a novice or an old hand, please join us for the Annual Backpackers Potluck in January or February.
The backpacks for the coming season are announced at the potluck. Then in the March issue of the Bulletin
, detailed descriptions of the backpacks are published. These descriptions appear again in the Bulletin two months prior to the scheduled trip.
You are not required to be a member of the Chemeketans to participate in backpacks, but we encourage you to become one. If more people sign up for a backpack than the allowable limit, leaders may give preference to members. For more information about membership visit our Benefits
page or contact the Membership Secretary
Questions? Concerns? Contact one of the backpacking co-chairs below.