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Outdoor School

Next Adventure takes you from town to trailhead and along some of the most spectacular trails this country has to offer. Day hikes focus on the natural flora, fauna and geologly of the area, following wildflower blooms, salmon runs and visiting waterfalls and scenic cliff-top views.

Experience the trail with local guides that you know and trust from the store. Get out on day hikes and overnight backpacking trips through some of the most remote areas of Mt. Hood and Northwest Oregon. Anyone can drive to roadside viewpoints - but only Next Adventure can take you to the heart of it all through Mt. Hood's secret backdoor - the Clackamas River basin.

From the magical splendor of the mossy rainforest to the semi-arid desert of the east side, our guides know Mt. Hood and its myriad trails.


Experience the Outdoors



Wilderness First Aid Course

Accidents happen. People get hurt, sick, or lost. The temperature drops, the wind picks up, and it starts to rain. Would you know what to do? Many backcountry emergencies are preventable, and even when bad things happen, sometimes the wrong care can make things worse. By learning a few basic skills, you can make the difference between a good outcome and a bad one - and maybe even save a life.

WFA presented by SOLO


Snowshoe Day Trips

Join Next Adventure for a snowy romp on Mount Hood National Forest! Snowshoeing is a great way to extend your hiking season. Let us introduce you to the pleasures of exploring the snowy wonderland. Gear rental, instruction and guided tour included.

Snowshoe Day Tour - Mt. Hood National Forest


Moonlight Snowshoe Tour

Like to hike at night? Night snowshoeing is a great way to extend your hiking season. Winter's white mantle transforms the familiar summer hiking trail into a snowy wonderland begging to be explored and if the forecast cooperates, the moon should make an appearance.

Full MoonSnowshoe Tour - Mt. Hood National Forest



Let Next Adventure take you to Mount Hood National Forest for a glide on the snow! Want a bigger thrill on a smaller hill? Cross-country skiing is a fun way to explore the snow-covered foothills of Mount Hood. Free XC Ski gear rental!

XC Skiing Day Trip - Mt. Hood National Forest


Winter Overnight Trips

Learn how to build a snow shelter and camp comfortably in the snowy wonderland of Mount Hood National Forest in winter. 2 days, 1 night.

Winter Camping Trip - Mt. Hood National Forest







Get Out And Hike

Summer is headed our way, so let’s all Get Out and Hike! Introducing Next Adventure’s new Get out and Hike series. These FREE hikes are designed to help you get outside, meet new people, and enjoy Oregon’s beautiful trail systems.

September 15 - Get Out And Hike


2 Day Introduction to Backpacking

Backpacking has never been so fun and easy! Hike through old growth Oregon forests and ramble along sub-alpine ridges in the scenic Mount Hood National Forest. Get the low-down from experienced Guide-Instructors on how to stay safe, warm and found while exploring back-country trails. 2 days, 1 night.

Introduction to Backpacking


3 Day Backpacking Trip

Backpacking has never been so fun and easy! Get the low-down from experienced Guide-Instructors on how to stay safe, warm and found while exploring back-country trails. Take in the scenic wonders of the Northwest while learning hands-on about the latest technologies and trends in backpacking equipment, safety and theory. We bring the gear, and you get to try it out in the field! 3 Days Hiking, 2 Nights Camping.

3 Day Backpacking Trip


Multi-Day Pacific Crest Trail Backpacking Trip

The Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail stretches from Mexico to Canada, winding through the high mountains of California, Or, gon and Washington. Thru-hikers complete the 2500+ mile journey in 5 months each year. Join Next Adventure Outdoor School for a unique backpacking trip through some of the most scenic portions of the Oregon PCT between Mt. Jefferson and Mt. Hood.

4 Day Pacific Crest Trail Backpacking Trip

5 Day Pacific Crest Trail Backpacking Trip


2 Day Backcountry Cooking Trip

Ever wanted to spice up your meals while in the backcountry or maybe learn a new thing or two about cooking while backpacking that you never knew?  Our backcountry cooking course offers two days in the field to learn and hone new skills.

Backcountry Cooking


3 Day Bushcraft Skills Trip

The Bushcraft Skills Trip focuses on demonstrating the use of emergency and survival gear and survival techniques (bushcraft). This 3 day course will teach lifesaving fundamentals for survival in an emergency situation. Although bushcraft takes years of experience and practice, this course will familiarize you with basic survival practices as well as introduce more advanced concepts. While creating a positive experience in the outdoors, this course will not only be fun but also potentially lifesaving.

Bushcraft Skills




Outdoor School FAQs

Gear Checklists

If you have any questions about our scheduled tours, would like to be placed on a waitlist for a trip that has been filled, or would like to inquire about a custom group trip, contact outdoorschool@nextadventure.net.


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Next Adventure is a fully-insured licensed Outfitter and Guide with the State of Oregon. Next Adventure is an equal opportunity Recreation Provider operating under special use permit on the Mt. Hood National Forest and Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, USDA Forest Service. Next Adventure Guide-Instructors are locally trail-experienced, and carry current Wilderness First Response certification. 


paddle sports programs

Looking for something a little different to get your feet wet in? Let Next Adventure help you learn to kayak and stand up paddleboard! We offer classes and trips fit for everyone from the absolute beginner to the most experienced water warrior.