Beginner Backpacking | Voyages

Join us backpacking through beautiful areas of wilderness in the Umpqua National Forest. Enjoy cooking and sleeping under the stars with fellow classmates, and explore everything that nature has to offer. This trip will take you on an authentic backcountry experience that will include hiking a portion of the PCT, views of Mt. Thielsen, and a possibly a dip into some local hot springs. 

The longest day on the trail is typically about 4-5 miles and we will have a couple of rest days. If you are looking to push yourself a bit more, check out the intermediate backpacking trip.

  • Cost of Attending: $350 (charged directly to student account)
  • Rating: beginner
  • Packing List

August 16-21 Trip Logistics 

Friday, August 16: Arrive at Pacific for Voyages


1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. | Marsh West Lawn
Check in on the West Lawn with Voyage Coordinators and be welcomed by Orientation Staff. Participate in Pacific’s traditional Sign, Shake, and Ring ceremony— a time honored tradition signing the book of enrollment, shaking the president’s hand, and ringing the bell to signify your entry into Pacific.


2 p.m. to 5 p.m. | Residence Halls
Move-in to residence hall. Students with late night flights may fly in August 16 and have a midnight check-in. Please let us know ASAP if you need to do this.

Welcome Dinner

5 p.m. to 6 p.m. | Marsh West Lawn
Welcome dinner for students and parents! (on Marsh West Lawn)

Student Orientation & Pre-trip Meeting

6 p.m. to 8 p.m. | Location TBA
Get to know your Voyage leaders and fellow participants before you depart on your adventures (students only). 

Parent and Family Orientation

6 p.m. to 8 p.m. | Location TBA
Parent and Family Orientation (parents and family members only).

Saturday, August 17: All Voyages depart in the morning (5-days).

Wednesday, August 21: All Voyages return to campus in the afternoon.

Thursday, August 22: Freshman Orientation begins.


National Forest Non-Discrimination Policy

Pacific University is a permitee of the Umpqua National Forest. In accordance with the Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, Pacific University is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of ancestry, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. To file a complaint, write, USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964 (voice and TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.