Intermediate Backpacking | Voyages

On this backpacking trip, students will be challenged a bit more with some extra distance. Students who have some prior experience hiking or backpacking will enjoy this option. The longest day will be roughly 8 miles with 1000-feet of elevation gain. 

We will be in Umpqua National Forest with stunning views of Mt. Thielsen, a jagged volcanic peak crowning the wilderness area. Here you will be treated to spectacular views of Crater Lake and a peek into life on the Pacific Crest Trail as you encounter thru-hikers making their way on foot from Mexico to Canada. 

Friday, August 20: 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 21 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 21: All Voyages depart to the field for 5 days.

Wednesday, August 25: All Voyages return to campus in the afternoon.

Thursday, August 26: 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.