Ascend Wilderness Experience, based in Weaverville, CA, offers experiences in wilderness that encourage personal and social development as well as appreciation for the natural environment.  Since the organization’s founding in 2006, Ascend has led hundreds of adventurers into the Trinity Alps Wilderness Area in Northern California, providing all food, gear, transportation and training at no cost.

Ascend has been operating as a 501c3 non-profit organization since December 2006.  In the seven years preceding the establishment of the organization, Ascend’s founder, Scott La Fein, designed and implemented a wilderness excursion program sponsored by the Human Response Network (HRN), an existing non-profit social service agency serving Trinity County.  The overwhelmingly positive response to the early HRN program inspired the creation of an organization fully dedicated to working with youth and families in a wilderness setting.  While Ascend’s original programs primarily served Trinity County youth and, to date, have occurred exclusively in the summer, Ascend seeks to make year-round wilderness experiences available to a broad base of youth, adults, families and organizations.

At Ascend, we are committed to making wilderness accessible to anyone!



This business operates under special use permit with the Shasta-Trinity National Forest

In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, and reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.)

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.) should contact the responsible State or local Agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information is also available in languages other than English.

To file a complaint alleging discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, AD-3027, found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html , or at any USDA office or write a letter addressed to USDA and provided in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: (1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; (2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or (3) email: [email protected].

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.