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Hiking Mt. Hood and Cascade Mountain Lakes

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Program #4895RJ
7 Days | 6 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
While all of our learning adventures offer extraordinary value, our "Best Value" programs were rated by our participants themselves who thought their dollar went particularly far.
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Elevation Note
On three days we hike at 6000, 4900 and 3500 ft. respectively. Everything else below 3000 ft.

Equipment Requirements
Well broken in hiking boots or shoes, hiking gear and rain gear are recommended to fully enjoy this program.

Itinerary for Jun 23 — Jun 29, 2013

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Type: Conference Center

Description: Nestled in the woods with convenient access to Mt. Hood and Columbia River Gorge.

Contact info:
32867 SE Highway 211
Eagle Creek, OR 97022 USA
phone: 888-567-6411
web: www.collinsretreatcenter.org

Room amenities: Room amenities: Each bedroom has reading light above headboard, conditioning shampoo, towels. Hair dryers and alarm clocks can be borrowed from hospitality nook near dining room. Rooms do NOT have: microwaves, coffeemakers, refrigerators (communal refrigerator near dining room).

Facility amenities: Alton Collins is located in a peaceful forest. Tea and coffee are available at all times. Meals are home cooked by a professional gourmet chef with fresh vegetables.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Check in time: 3:30 PM


Day One: Sunday, June 23 - Relax and retreat from your busy life to our peac...
Relax and retreat from your busy life to our peaceful lodge nestled amongst giant old growth trees. Meet new friends and learn about the week ahead.

Arrive To: Check in between 3:30 - 5:30 PM at Alton Collins Retreat Center.

Afternoon: 5:45 PM Group socializing activities - Meet your fellow Road Scholars.

Dinner: Dinner at 6:30 PM onsite.

Evening: Program orientation and preparation for the week ahead until 9:00 PM.

Lodging: Alton L. Collins Retreat Center

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: Nestled in the woods with convenient access to Mt. Hood and Columbia River Gorge.

Contact info:
32867 SE Highway 211
Eagle Creek, OR 97022 USA
phone: 888-567-6411
web: www.collinsretreatcenter.org

Room amenities: Room amenities: Each bedroom has reading light above headboard, conditioning shampoo, towels. Hair dryers and alarm clocks can be borrowed from hospitality nook near dining room. Rooms do NOT have: microwaves, coffeemakers, refrigerators (communal refrigerator near dining room).

Facility amenities: Alton Collins is located in a peaceful forest. Tea and coffee are available at all times. Meals are home cooked by a professional gourmet chef with fresh vegetables.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Check in time: 3:30 PM


Day Two: Monday, June 24 - Walk through an old growth fir forest next to th...
Walk through an old growth fir forest next to the pristine Salmon River.

Note: Walk 4-7 miles with up to 1200 ft. gain on nice forest path. You can rest and turn around whenever you want. Path is nicely maintained.

Breakfast: Breakfast at 8:00 AM onsite.

Morning: Hike along the Salmon River through Old Growth Forests. 2-4 miles with elevation gains up to 300 ft.

Lunch: Sack lunch on the trail.

Afternoon: Continue hiking along the central Salmon river for up to another 7.2 miles with 900 ft. gain. Walk beneath majestic old growth tees on a soft carpeted trail.

Dinner: 6:30 PM dinner onsite.

Evening: Evening presentation on local geology or natural history will end by 9:00 PM

Lodging: Alton L. Collins Retreat Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: Nestled in the woods with convenient access to Mt. Hood and Columbia River Gorge.

Contact info:
32867 SE Highway 211
Eagle Creek, OR 97022 USA
phone: 888-567-6411
web: www.collinsretreatcenter.org

Room amenities: Room amenities: Each bedroom has reading light above headboard, conditioning shampoo, towels. Hair dryers and alarm clocks can be borrowed from hospitality nook near dining room. Rooms do NOT have: microwaves, coffeemakers, refrigerators (communal refrigerator near dining room).

Facility amenities: Alton Collins is located in a peaceful forest. Tea and coffee are available at all times. Meals are home cooked by a professional gourmet chef with fresh vegetables.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Check in time: 3:30 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, June 25 - Hike to Mirror lake with beautiful views of Mt. H...
Hike to Mirror lake with beautiful views of Mt. Hood reflected in the lake and from the trail.

Note: Hike up to 6,4 miles with up to 1400 ft elevation gain. You can shorten the hike to your needs since we hike in and out on the same trail.

Breakfast: Breakfast at 7:15 AM onsite.

Morning: Hike to Mirror Lake in the mountains surrounding Mt. Hood. 3.2 miles roundtrip with elevation gain of 700 ft.

Lunch: Sack lunch on the trail.

Afternoon: Continue hiking from Mirror lake to Tom, Dick and Harry Mountain. 3.2 miles roundtrip with elevation gain of 700 ft. After our hike enjoy the historic ambience of Timberline lodge with a tour, then relax with an optional drink and appetizer (on your own).

Dinner: Dinner at 7:00 PM onsite.

Evening: Optional video on Timberline lodge.

Lodging: Alton L. Collins Retreat Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: Nestled in the woods with convenient access to Mt. Hood and Columbia River Gorge.

Contact info:
32867 SE Highway 211
Eagle Creek, OR 97022 USA
phone: 888-567-6411
web: www.collinsretreatcenter.org

Room amenities: Room amenities: Each bedroom has reading light above headboard, conditioning shampoo, towels. Hair dryers and alarm clocks can be borrowed from hospitality nook near dining room. Rooms do NOT have: microwaves, coffeemakers, refrigerators (communal refrigerator near dining room).

Facility amenities: Alton Collins is located in a peaceful forest. Tea and coffee are available at all times. Meals are home cooked by a professional gourmet chef with fresh vegetables.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Check in time: 3:30 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, June 26 - Hike along the shores of Timothy lake for views o...
Hike along the shores of Timothy lake for views of Mt. Hood. Visit Little Crater Lake, a blue gem nestled in a forest meadow.

Note: Hike either 3 miles or 7.2 miles with 100 ft elevation gain on nicely maintained trail.

Breakfast: Breakfast at 7:15 AM onsite.

Morning: Hike along the edge of Timothy Lake with its beautiful views of Mt. Hood. Up to 3 miles with elevation gain of 100 ft.

Lunch: Sack lunch on the trail.

Afternoon: Hike to Little Crater Lake; a deep, crystal clear, artesian spring fed lake. 4.2 mile with 50 ft. elevation gain.

Dinner: 6:30 PM dinner onsite.

Evening: Evening program on geology or natural history will end by 9:00 PM.

Lodging: Alton L. Collins Retreat Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: Nestled in the woods with convenient access to Mt. Hood and Columbia River Gorge.

Contact info:
32867 SE Highway 211
Eagle Creek, OR 97022 USA
phone: 888-567-6411
web: www.collinsretreatcenter.org

Room amenities: Room amenities: Each bedroom has reading light above headboard, conditioning shampoo, towels. Hair dryers and alarm clocks can be borrowed from hospitality nook near dining room. Rooms do NOT have: microwaves, coffeemakers, refrigerators (communal refrigerator near dining room).

Facility amenities: Alton Collins is located in a peaceful forest. Tea and coffee are available at all times. Meals are home cooked by a professional gourmet chef with fresh vegetables.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Check in time: 3:30 PM


Day Five: Thursday, June 27 - Hike the Trail of Ten Falls at Oregon's largest S...
Hike the Trail of Ten Falls at Oregon's largest State Park, Silver Falls. Walk through cave-like grottos behind several of these falls.

Note: Trail of ten falls is an 8.7 mile loop with 600 ft elevation gain.

Breakfast: Breakfast at 7:15 am onsite.

Morning: Drive to Silver Falls State Park and begin hiking The Trail of Ten Falls, one of America's most impressive waterfall day hikes.

Lunch: Sack lunch on the trail.

Afternoon: Finish the Trail of Ten Falls. North Falls, a 136' beauty, is one of the most spectacular falls experiences in the northwest. Optional stop in quaint town of Silverton on route back to lodge.

Dinner: 6:30 PM Dinner onsite.

Evening: Evening program on local history will end by 9:00 PM.

Lodging: Alton L. Collins Retreat Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: Nestled in the woods with convenient access to Mt. Hood and Columbia River Gorge.

Contact info:
32867 SE Highway 211
Eagle Creek, OR 97022 USA
phone: 888-567-6411
web: www.collinsretreatcenter.org

Room amenities: Room amenities: Each bedroom has reading light above headboard, conditioning shampoo, towels. Hair dryers and alarm clocks can be borrowed from hospitality nook near dining room. Rooms do NOT have: microwaves, coffeemakers, refrigerators (communal refrigerator near dining room).

Facility amenities: Alton Collins is located in a peaceful forest. Tea and coffee are available at all times. Meals are home cooked by a professional gourmet chef with fresh vegetables.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Check in time: 3:30 PM


Day Six: Friday, June 28 - Hike to beautiful Tamanawas Falls through pine fo...
Hike to beautiful Tamanawas Falls through pine forest on the east side of Mt. Hood. Walk around Trillium lake for views of Mt. Hood.

Note: Tamanawas Falls is 3.8 miles RT, 500 ft. gain on well maintained trail with a few rocks you have to step over. Trillium lake is 2 mile flat hike on nice trail.

Breakfast: Breakfast at 7:15 AM onsite.

Morning: Hike to Tamanawas Falls along a cascading clear river. Enjoy the drier pine habitat of the eastern side of Mt. Hood. 3.8 miles RT with 500 ft. elevation gain

Lunch: Sack lunch on the trail.

Afternoon: Walk around Trillium lake with beautiful views of Mt. Hood. 2 miles with minimal elevation gain.

Dinner: Dinner at 6:30 PM onsite.

Evening: Share stories, photos and experiences from the week during a closing program that ends by 9:00 pm

Lodging: Alton L. Collins Retreat Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Seven: Saturday, June 29 - Memories of beautiful scenery and new friends.
Note: No activity scheduled as people pack up for their departure after breakfast.

Breakfast: Breakfast 7:15 AM onsite.

Afternoon: Program ends at 9:00 AM with everyone checking out.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.
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17 meals: 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners
3 Expert-led lectures
6 Field trips

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