We are now available for half and full day private guiding, as well as a variety of unique guided hikes, clinics and classes in the Tillamook State Forest, and on the Criterion Tract above the Deschutes River near Maupin, OR.
The Tillamook Rainforest
Climb to the summit of coast range peaks, explore roadless river canyons, traverse mossy hillsides on long abandoned logging roads, range out across a long network of trails or explore the depths of canyon creeks accessible only by elk path. Tillamook country is rich in histories both told and untold, and full of secrets.
The Tillamook is home to deer, elk, cougars, bobcats, wolves, bears, and is known as a Bigfoot sighting hotspot. We guide our clients to places that you won’t find in any guidebook or on any hiking forum. Our trips here are informed by 30+ years of experience in the coast range mountains of Oregon.
The Criterion Tract
The Criterion Tract is a gorgeous piece of land located above the Deschutes River, near popular rafting town of Maupin, OR, directly across the river from the Mutton Mountains on the Warm Springs reservation. There are no formal trails. This particular area is home to a huge herd of elk, mule deer and so-called “benchleg” deer, bighorn sheep, bears, bobcats, wolves, all kinds of snakes, chukars, pheasants, grouse, rodents and other small mammals. There are caves, seeps, archeological sites, sweeping views, and endless objectives. We have hiked more miles in the Criterion than anywhere else in the world. It is not featured in any guidebook, but our expert guide can show you the way.
Winter Foraging Class: Tea and Roots
Make wild foraged tea and learn about edible roots like Devils Club, Licorice Fern, Wild Ginger, and more, as we enjoy a beautiful winter morning walk in the woods. This class is great for beginners, families, and
Sunday, January 8th, Wilson River Trail 10AM- 12PM
Introduction to Foraging
This is a sweet, fun two hour foraging class held in the Wilson River Canyon each month, designed to introduce you to the edible qualities of everyday plants. Participants will become familiar with 25+ edible plants, and learn all the ins and outs you need to get started with your own foraging practice.
Sunday, March 19th, 1PM- 3PM, Tillamook State Forest
Sunday, April 23rd, 10AM- 12PM, Tillamook State Forest
Foraging is Connection
Foraging is a great way to deepen your connection with nature. In this class, we talk about reciprocity, relationship with place, harvesting ethics, identifying edible weeds, as well as the historical and cultural contexts of foraging. You’ll learn what to look for during different seasons, how to build yourself a foraging map, and how to identify plants with confidence.
Sunday, April 23rd, 1PM- 5PM, Tillamook State Forest
Silent Night Walk
Learn to feel at ease in the forest at night with a silent walk on Wildcat Mountain at sunset. Experience all of your senses coming alive as the light fades from the sky. The forest is extra fragrant at dusk, birds will talk to us from the trees, and animals will be moving in the forest all around us. Sharing space with others without saying a word is a powerful layer to add to the experience. Afterwards, we all share a cup of tea together and discuss our individual observations. This is a two hour walk done without lights, or voices, usually on the last Saturday of every month.
October 29th, 2022, 5- 7PM, Maupin, OR
December 17th, 2022, 3:30- 5:30PM, Tillamook State Forest
January 28th, 2023, 4- 6PM, Tillamook State Forest
February 25th, 5- 7PM, Tillamook State Forest
March 18th, 6:15PM- 8:15 PM, Tillamook State Forest
April 22nd, 7PM- 9PM, Tillamook State Forest
May 20th, 7:30- 9:30PM, Tillamook State Forest
Full Moon Party
Release your debts and demons to the moon! Join us for a reverent, beautiful, monthly walk under the light of the full moon. Slow down and reconnect to the wheel of life in a joyful night walk with others. Timber, OR.
December 3rd, 5- 7PM, Tillamook State Forest
March 4th, 6PM- 8PM, Maupin, OR
April 8th, 6:30PM- 8:30PM Maupin, OR
OFF TRAIL CLASSES
Off Trail Travel Clinic
Our Off Trail Travel Clinic is part map reading lesson, part guided hike, part choose your own adventure! You’ll learn how to use digital layers to do some of the legwork ahead of time, what clothes to wear, how to choose your lines when working through difficult terrain and more.
March 5th, 10AM- 4PM, Maupin, OR
May 21st, 10AM- 4PM, Tillamook State Forest
Navigate Logging Road Networks and Research Strategies, Find Off Trail Destinations like Waterfalls, Views and Summits
January 8th, 10AM- 4PM, Tillamook State Forest
April 14th, 10AM- 4PM, Tillamook State Forest
The Family Walk
A Walk and Talk Lessons on Edible Plants, Observing Forest Signs & Sensory Experiences.
Guest Total is 5; 15% Discount to Book Full Event.
Adult $75/Kids $25
January 8th, 10AM- 12PM, Tillamook State Forest
January 22nd, 1PM- 3PM, Tillamook State Forest
February 19th, 1PM- 3pm, Tillamook State Forest
March 19th, 10AM- 2PM, Tillamook State Forest
April 9th, 1PM- 3PM, Maupin, OR
INTIMACY WITH PLACE
The Intimacy With Place Series
Our cornerstone offering. This is a series of trips designed to teach you how to build intimacy with place through solitude and repetition. A little bit of everything we offer at Wild Solitude rolled into one: foraging, map reading, relationship with place, mindfulness, silent hiking, community, competency, and skills practice all while we tour a spectacular and off-the-beaten-path area you won’t soon forget.
Each event will highlight a different area and we will use our time spent afield to practice a variety of skills like identifying plants, navigation, foraging, animal sign observation, creek crossings, off trail travel, map reading, trip planning and more. If you know you are interested in our work but aren’t sure where to start, this event is the heart of it all.
After the days hike is over, you’ll receive a digital handout from us detailing everything you need to know to continue building a relationship with the area, including GPS coordinates, driving directions, and seasonal suggestions for future visits to the area.
Beaverslide to the Salmonberry. December 3rd, 2022, 10AM- 4PM. Timber, OR.
Wilson River Canyon Secrets. December 17th, 2022, 8AM- 2PM. Glenwood, OR.
University Falls. January 21st, 2022, 9AM- 3PM Timber, OR.
Wilson River Canyon Secrets. February 18th 10AM- 4PM Glenwood, OR.
Criterion Tract. March 4th 10AM- 4PM. Maupin, OR
North Fork Salmonberry. March 18th 10AM- 4PM. Timber, OR
Criterion Tract. April 8th 10AM- 4PM. Maupin, OR
Beaverslide to the Salmonberry. May 20th 10AM- 4PM. Timber, OR.
Do Less. Experience More
Edible Plants, Local History, Forest Bathing. Perfect For Beginners
January 22nd, 1PM- 3PM, Tillamook State Forest
February 19th, 10AM- 12PM, Tillamook State Forest
April 9th, 10AM- 12PM, Maupin, OR
PRIVATE GUIDED TRIPS
If you can dream it, we can craft it for you on one of our two spectacular locations.
Want to backpack deep into a canyon to sleep under some of the last old growth trees in the forest? Do you long to take a private tour of the best swimming holes in the Tillamook? Are you ready to dive deep into the impassable-seeming canyons above the Deschutes River, searching for passage in places only seen by bands of deer and elk? Want to spend a day visiting every known waterfall in the Kilchis River canyon? Or maybe you dream of knowing the steep, ancient legacy roads of the Trask, it’s towering waterfalls and basalt formations.
Along the way, we’ll practice skills specific to the forests and steppe of the PNW, find some forest snacks, maybe see some animals, and you’ll come away with dozens of ideas for trips to the future area.
Every private event is fully customizable, and after the days hike is over, we will send you a digital handout that covers everything you need to know to return again and again, building a relationship with the places we share together. You’ll also know how to apply our methods to your own favorite forest homes, so you can continue finding cool secret spots and developing intimacy with place wherever you go.
Four, six or eight hours of guided hiking and instruction, plus an intake interview to assess your fitness level, discuss your goals and make arrangements.
Prices below assume ONE guest. We accept groups up to 5 total, but please note that some locations require us to transport you and our limit on those trips is three. You may add another guest for $100, subsequent guests $75.
4 hours: $400 weekend, $200 weekday
6 hours: $450 weekend, $250 weekday
8 hours: $500 weekend, $300 weekday
Overnight Trip Rate: $550 weekend, $350 weekday
Consulting and Expert Local Advice
I grew up on the Central Oregon Coast and spent summers on the Metolius River as a child. Currently, I spend over 150 days a year traveling, camping and hiking in the Pacific Northwest. I have lived all over the western and central parts of the state, so I have locals-only knowledge over a wide range of areas in Central and Northwest Oregon.
In addition, I am downright obsessed with Southeastern Oregon, particularly Lake County. I have talked to locals for hours, and read countless books on the area. If you endeavor to spend any time around Hart Mountain, Summer Lake, or Christmas Lake Valley, you won’t want to miss out on acquiring a healthy dose of my expert advice. Desert travel comes with its own sets of challenges and rewards, so if you are uninitiated to the basin and range landscape, don’t miss your chance to optimize your experience.
I also have extensive experience with Northern California, Mount Saint Helens, Mount Adams, the Gifford Pinchot, the Dark Divide, Blue Mountains (Oregon), Oregon Coast Trail, and parts of Washington State east of the cascades.
Just Ask! If we don’t know the answer, or you have questions about an area that we aren’t knowledgeable about, there’s no charge.
Norther Knows Best!
$15 basic, $25 extra fancy
Just-for-fun, for the low price of $15, you can tap into my encyclopedic wealth of knowledge about local destinations and I will recommend up to three hikes, camp sites, points of interest or travel ideas, based on your time and experience level.
Norther Knows Best is perfect for you if you have questions like….
“Where can I go backpacking with views, no crowds, and no permit system?”
“Where should I take my out-of-town and out of shape family when they come to visit next weekend?”
“Where should I take my date hiking near Portland? Short drive/not too hard/enough people around that she doesn’t get creeped out?”
“Where can I go camping with my kids in the Tillamook? Somewhere with water to play in but not enough to be a hazard?”
Custom Beta Packages
$25 and up!
When you want detailed advice or trip planning help, choose a local expert who knows all the best spots. A beta package is more involved than a simple NNB request, and features involved descriptions, photos, GPS coordinates, and more.
We get questions like…
“I want to know all the best swimming holes near Portland”
“I want help planning a hot springs road trip in the desert”
“Help me plan a romantic camping trip to the coast for my anniversary”
“I want some ideas for a full summer of easy to moderate hikes within 90 minutes of Portland,”
“I’m new to town and overwhelmed by my choices! Help me understand different areas and their strengths and weaknesses so I don’t feel so lost!”
In-Depth or Professional Consulting
$100 per hour
When you want more in-depth, professional advice, beyond the scope of #NortherKnowsBest, or a beta package, book a consult with me where we can discuss in-depth trip plans, camping, road trips, swimming holes, locations for movie and TV, photo shoots, weddings and more. We can pack a surprising amount of info into a one hour session, and afterwards I always follow up with any notes, driving directions or coordinates you might need to be successful in your journey.
Questions? Suggestions? Crazy Ideas? Drop it in the comment box below and we will get right back to you!
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