Wilderness is not a luxury but necessity of the human spirit.”

-Edward Abbey

Please join Ascend Wilderness Experience for an amazing day hike or overnight backpacking experience in Trinity County’s scenic backcountry! We offer a variety of experiences for ages 6 and up that cater to all levels of experience. We offer multigenerational trips for families who want to share outdoor experiences together as well as youth and adult only trips that foster amazing group bonding experiences within you and/or your child’s age group. See our Programs page for more information on day hikes and backpacking trips offered through Ascend!

Participation in Ascend Wilderness Experience trips is free of charge to families and space is limited on trips due to group size restrictions when backpacking in the Trinity Alps Wilderness. Thus, it is extremely important that families are committed to attending their chosen hike. Last minute cancellations and no-shows are devastating to Ascend and the kids that are on the waitlist who want to be a part of this amazing outdoor experience. Please respect Ascend and our community by ensuring that you and/or your child are mentally prepared to show up and participate in your chosen trip.

2022 Application

Coming soon! We are currently planning and plotting our exciting 2022 season. Our application includes descriptions of what to expect from your commitment to Ascend 2022 Programming. This includes, information about each trip, scheduling mandatory orientation and pack meetings where you meet your overnight camping group and get your packing list, Emergency Contact and any necessary medical information, a short questionnaire to be completed by the hiker, permission forms and liability waivers. Stay tuned for updates!

Participation Preparation

Once you and/or your child are accepted to participate in an Ascend Program, you will be in contact with the Lead for your trip. Please make sure to be candid with our staff about questions, concerns, and conflicts that arise so that we can be best prepared to support you and ensure our trip is able to serve all the amazing youth and adults that are eager to join Ascend for an AWEsome wilderness experience!

Join us!