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.

2023 summer schedule SNEAK PEAK HERE

2023 Applications COMING SOON!

  • Application Packet: The Ascend Youth or Adult Application includes contact information and initial questions about participant experience in the outdoors. The packet includes Emergency Contact and any necessary medical information, permission forms for swimming, driving, and photo use, and liability waivers. This packet must be completed entirely to register and participate with Ascend.
  • Trip Information Packet: This packet arrives once we have received your completed Application Packet and you have been accepted to join an Ascend Trip. In it you will find information about each trip as well as scheduling for mandatory orientation and pack meetings where you meet your overnight camping group and get your packing list.

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!

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