MT. HOOD'S INFAMOUS OREGON TRAIL TOURS
Special Class Editions
Sponsored by:
Cascade Geographic Society
P.O. Box 398
Rhododendron, Oregon 97049
These are very popular field trips so sign-up early and reserve by calling (503) 622-4798.

Through the years, it has become tradition for many schools to visit the Oregon Trail on Mount Hood with the Cascade Geographic Society, and this would be an ideal adventure for you, your class, and parent helpers. Some come during the Autumn season, while others come in the Spring.

This is a very popular field trip so sign-up early and reserve a day or two by calling (503) 622-4798. See below for specifics on costsmaps, and other general information.

Some schools have elected to come both in the Autumn and Spring so that they can see those areas of the Oregon Trail that are generally closed. They begin their unit in the Fall and conclude toward the end of the school year. The Cascade Geographic Society provides a special timeline so that the progress of the emigrants traveling over Mt. Hood can be followed by the class. The Spring trip is not only a perfect wrap-up to the unit, but a reward for studying hard and learning about a most intriguing part of the history of the westward movement.

Bring history alive by taking advantage of this field trip opportunity where you can follow in the wake of the "Prairie Schooners". The sites that will be visited during this day-long excursion include emigrant graves and campsites, wagon ruts and swales, primary and secondary routes, tollgates, stream "fords", Summit Prairie, Pioneer Woman's Grave, Devil's Half-Acre, Barlow Pass, and much more, including the infamous Big Laurel Hill, where pioneers were forced to lower their covered wagons down over its dangerously- steep cliffs. This special interpretative tour will be enhanced with multi-cultural stories of the past about the Native Americans, the emigrant travelers, and the African-American pioneers who came West."

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Listing of Winter Tour Sites

Listing of Autumn Tour Sites

Listing of Spring Tour Sites

Mt. Hood's Old Growth Wilderness Odyssey

156th Anniversary of the Barlow Trail
(2001)
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Mount Hood's Oregon Trail Field Trip Information

MEETING PLACE: Stage Stop Road Interpretative Center, 24525 East Welches Road --- located at the junction of Welches Road & Stage Stop Road in the Village of Welches.

ORIENTATION SESSION: This will be held at Stage Stop Road Interpretative Center so that students can get more information about the tour. Also, this will provide an opportunity to go through the Center, which is filled with artifacts from the Oregon Trail as well as those representing Native American culture, pioneer settlement and homesteading, the early-day resort days on the Mountain, and displays about fish and wildlife species. A gift shop is even located on the premises.

TIME: Varies. This will be established between the teacher and the Cascade Geographic Society on a case by case basis.

CANCELLATIONS: Never! We go whether rain or shine! And, in extremely rare cases of snow, we will always stay below the snow zone. There are plenty of Oregon Trail sites to visit that will not be affected by snow, even in the Winter Season.

OREGON TRAIL/OLD-GROWTH GUIDE & INTERPRETER: Furnished by the Cascade Geographic Society.

TRANSPORTATION TO THE MEETING PLACE: This needs to be furnished by the school and could be a bus, van, or cars.

TRANSPORTATION TO THE OREGON TRAIL/ OLD-GROWTH SITES: This is furnished by the school and the guide will accompany the participants.

LUNCH: Sack lunch provided by the participants. We will find a place somewhere alongside Mount Hood's Oregon Trail to eat or (if on odyssey tour) in the Old-Growth Forest to eat, and, if necessary, at Stage Stop
Road Interpretative Center if weather factors determine that this is best..

CONFIRMATIONS: The Cascade Geographic Society will provide a written confirmation once the field trip has been set-up. The $25 non-refundable deposit must be received within ten days after the date has been set.

Mount Hood's Oregon Trail Field Trip Costs

Payment is due immediately upon arrival! A $25 non-refundable deposit must be paid in advance to insure your field trip; you are not officially "booked" until this deposit is received. This amount is applied to the
total amount due.

Tour #1 -- Four hour tour (Winter, Spring or Autumn Tours)
Cost: $3 per student or $65, whichever is greater 
[NOTE: 1 adult per 10 students is allowed to come along on the tour free of charge; more than that number is $3 per person.]

Tour #2 -- Five hour tour (Winter, Spring or Autumn Tours)
Cost: $4 per student or $75, whichever is greater 
[NOTE: 1 adult per 10 students is allowed to come along on the tour free of charge; more than that number is $4 per person.]

Tour #3 -- Six hour tour (Winter, Spring or Autumn Tours)
Cost: $5 per student or $85, whichever is greater 
[NOTE: 1 adult per 10 students is allowed to come along on the tour free of charge; over that amount is $5 per person.]

Tour #4 -- Four hour tour (Wilderness Odyssey)
Cost: $3 per student or $65, whichever is greater 
[NOTE: 1 adult per 10 students is allowed to come along on the tour free of charge; more than that number is $3
per person.]

Tour #5 -- Five hour tour (Wilderness Odyssey)
Cost: $4 per student or $65, whichever is greater 
[NOTE: 1 adult per 10 students is allowed to come along on the tour free of charge; more than that number is $4 per person.]

Tour #6 -- Six hour tour (Wilderness Odyssey)
Cost: $5 per student or $65, whichever is greater 
[NOTE: 1 adult per 10 students is allowed to come along on the tour free of charge; over that amount is $5 per person.]

Tour #7 -- Barlow Trail -- length to be determined when scheduling
Cost: To be determined upon scheduling

Oregon Trail Maps 50

"Mount Hood Oregon Trail Maps" are available for 50 each and are so popular that they have become a collector's item. These are 8 1/2" by 11" in size, have the map of the Oregon Trail over Mount Hood, and on the reverse is a graph that shows the number of emigrants who utilized this rugged section of the trail through the Cascade Mountains. They are printed on recycled paper, and are in a heavy-duty plastic sleeve that goes into a three-ring binder or can even be used in the field. Order prior to your field trip by calling (503) 622-4798, or you can purchase them when you arrive.


Other public tours offered through the Cascade Geographic Society.