Zion High Adventure 

in partnership with our friends at 

Sep 30th to Oct 3rd, 2021

Women Who Explore is excited to be teaming up with our friends at Salomon and our Utah ambassador and owner of Desert Wander, Katie DeMille, to bring you an unforgettable long weekend exploring the stunning area of Greater Zion. Enjoy wet and dry hikes, canyoneering, SUP yoga, great food, camping under the stars and so much more.... all in your new pair of Salomon Mid GTX Lifestyle Hiking Boots!

Day 1: Welcome to Zion! (Glendale, UT)

Arrive in Glendale, Utah on the morning of Sep 30th by 10:00 am and meet at Zion Family Ranch Campground. Upon arrival you will have time to settle in, get ready for today’s hike and meet the other ladies joining this long weekend adventure!
If you are flying in to join us, the nearest airports are:

- St George Ut - 1hr 45min drive
- Las Vegas NV - 3hr 30min drive
- Salt Lake Ut - 4hr 15min drive

Around 11:30 am we will head out for our first hike to Cable Mountain, overlooking the main canyon of Zion National Park. We will take our time on the trail enjoying in the fall colors and taking in the views during this 7.5 mile hike. To keep you fueled, a yummy packed lunch will be provided. We’ll arrive back at our campground in late afternoon where we can relax and enjoy the quiet setting. The private pond has kayaks for our use. We will get to know each other better over a delicious dinner to end our evening.

Day 2: Hoodoo and SUP Yoga
After a delicious breakfast at camp, we will pack up and head to Red Canyon State Park. Today we will be hiking Thunder Mountain; not the one at Disneyland but this is the one the ride was named after! This hike is approximately 8 miles so don’t forget to pack your sack lunch for today’s adventure. During our hike we will hike among the tall pine trees and take in some amazing vistas of the iconic hoodoos this area is known for. After our hike, we will treat ourselves to yummy pie! 

Once we're done with our hike we will head back to our camp and relax a little before our private SUP yoga session in the afternoon on a private pond in a lush valley setting. We’ll end our night with group dinner and rest up for our big adventure tomorrow!

Day 3: Canyoneering and the Heart of Zion

We will be starting out early today! Breakfast will be a grab and go style. We will meet up with Always Adventure, who will be driving us and guiding us through a technical canyon today! Our adventure starts with an hour long, scenic and fun 4x4 drive as we make our way to the trailhead. Once we arrive the real adventure begins! We will gear up and begin our descend into Rock Canyon filled with incredible rappels and down climbs that won’t disappoint!

Once we arrive at the bottom of Rock Canyon, we will be standing in the East Fork of the Virgin River, the area known as Parunuweap. This is an iconic Zion beauty not to miss! With no crowds, we will spend a few hours exploring the river canyon area where we will see side canyons, petroglyphs, and narrow slots. After we are done exploring, we will return up river to Rock Canyon and make our exit. At the top we will treated to personal gourmet pizzas prepared in a portable pizza oven.

After dinner we will return by 4x4 and head back to camp. This day we will walk/hike approximately 9.5 miles. 

Day 4: World’s Longest Slot Canyon

We’ll wake up and enjoy our last morning at camp together. After breakfast, we will break camp and head out for our last adventure together. You’ll drive your personal car as far as Kanab where we’ll safely leave them until we return from the hike. Today we will be exploring 6 miles of Buckskin Gulch via Wire pass. For the next 3 hours we will hike you through an amazing canyon, with its narrow and oh so tall walls. After we reach our half way mark, we will turn around and head back to the vehicle the same way we came. 

We’ll return to Kanab for a celebratory late lunch at Wild Tyme Café which features amazing farm to table dishes! After lunch we will say our goodbyes (around 4:00 pm) and head our separate ways.
- Brand new pair of Salomon Mid GTX Lifestyle Hiking Boot; these boots are not even on the market yet and will be released in Fall 2021!
4 Days/3 nights accommodations at a beautiful private campground; single occupancy. All camping gear is included. Discounts on double occupancy or providing your own are available; see below.
- All transportation once you arrive in Glendale, UT
- Guided hiking on amazing local trails that includes specialized gear such as neoprene socks 
- Canyoneering & 4x4 driving adventure tour; includes guide, all gear and safety equipment 
- SUP yoga instruction, board rental, life jacket and anchor included
- All guides and entry fees  
- All meals provided - Thursday lunch through Sunday lunch
- Hiking snacks and some desserts
Water, coffee, tea, hot coco
- Transportation to and from Glendale, UT
- Alcoholic Beverages, energy drinks, electrolyte replacements
- Travelers Insurance

Meals: All meals will be provided. Please reach out to the trip host after booking if you have any food allergies/sensitivities. We will do our best to accommodate dietary restrictions but cannot make any guarantees.

Trip Confirmation: This trip requires a minimum number of ladies to register in order for it to be confirmed. Once the trip reaches the minimum participant number, you will receive an trip confirmation email and a link to be added a private Facebook group just for trip guests. In this group further trip details will be provided. Please let Lindsey know if you do not have or use Facebook (see contact information below).

Cost: $1,195 per person for single occupancy; all gear included

Discounts: A discount of $75 is available if you choose to bring your own camping gear or $50 if you choose to share a tent. To share a tent, you must be vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination prior to registration. You will be randomly paired with another participant if you elect this option. Please reach out to lindseyegan@womenwhoexplore.com to request a discount code prior to booking.

Cancellation Policy: Due to the nature of this trip, payment is non-refundable at the time of purchase. If you can no longer attend, you are able to transfer your ticket to another guest. You are responsible for finding someone to transfer your ticket to and arranging the exchange of funds. Please get in touch with the Women Who Explore to discuss the transfer of your ticket. We may be able to assist if there is a wait list.

Questions? Please reach out to Lindsey Egan at lindseyegan@womenwhoexplore.com

*Images may not reflect the exact places being visited during this trip itinerary. 


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August 20 - 08:30 am


August 21 - 01:00 pm

Click to Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wwe-portland-beginners-overnight-backpacking-trip-tickets-396884711857

Boulder Lake Trail Head

National Forest Development Road 4880, Mount Hood, OR 97041

Mount Hood, OR, US, 97041

We’re headed out for an easy beginner’s backpacking trip to a beautiful lake nestled in a forgotten corner of the Mount Hood Wilderness.

**PLEASE NOTE AN EVENTBRITE REGISTRATION IS NECESSARY TO ATTEND THIS EVENT – SEE LINK BELOW. Responding as “Going” to this event on Facebook does not reserve a spot; you must register on Eventbrite in order to attend this event.**

The Eventbrite registration will go live on Monday, August 8th at 8:00 a.m. PST


Due to regulations in the National Forest, we can only have a total pack size of 12, including the ambassadors leading the event. In order to comply, we have to require each member attending this event register through Eventbrite. In the event you successfully register, and then are unable to attend, please release the ticket so that another member may attend. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Kristina or Jamie directly!


TRAIL DESCRIPTION: We’re headed out for an easy beginner’s backpacking trip to a beautiful, quiet lake nestled in a forgotten corner of the Mount Hood Wilderness. The trail is fairly easy and short to our campsite, where we will set up our home for the weekend and go over food storage and safety in the backcountry. Once we have set up our campsite, there are a couple of short day hike options if everyone is feeling up for it. Ahead of time you’ll receive packing lists, tips on how to pack your bag, resources on where to rent and buy gear, food tips and tricks, and instruction on how to store your food in the backcountry, with tips on needed gear to safely store your food.


LIABILITY WAIVER: Friendly reminder that it is required to sign the e-waiver before attending your first Women Who Explore event. Please sign on an annual basis. Link here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfX6bkwHzE2YJ-6ohx5vX2CfBNIscs1UINt_QjtjrrhOv9dbg/viewform?fbclid=IwAR1SoZj9eZOMMkCFPXJhBNWIQGZt1bBZoS1cdjqaKrME3P_FpWODzNTRA_M

Due to local guidelines, and in accordance with the CDC, Women Who Explore will be limiting the number of attendees per event. In order to comply with these guidelines, each member attending the event will be required to register through Eventbrite.


LINK TO TRAIL INFORMATION: https://www.oregonhikers.org/field_guide/Boulder_Lakes_Loop_Hike

TRAIL PERMITS (IF NEEDED): No permits necessary

PARKING PASS: Last time I was here, there were no needed permits to park, but I would recommend bringing a NW Forest Pass just in case.

TRAILHEAD DIRECTIONS: https://www.oregonhikers.org/field_guide/Boulder_Lake_Trailhead?fbclid=IwAR1SoZj9eZOMMkCFPXJhBNWIQGZt1bBZoS1cdjqaKrME3P_FpWODzNTRA_M



Here are some lists that I like to use.

• https://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/backpacking-checklist.html?fbclid=IwAR1K-_VMVK1cui7H83ByW6Ge-mwdQs0B0MThcK3kwZl7qyHJkMluMrAHcS0

• https://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/ten-essentials.html?fbclid=IwAR32I46YMPrVtZ6TwMoOUsvnJYMobu1KXH24wh1PV34DoOREFChOLudBJro

If you successfully register for this event, you will be added to a closed Facebook group. In that group, you will be given a full, required packing list. If you do not receive an invite to the closed Facebook group, please reach out to Jamie Lyon or Kristina Marx.


** PLEASE NOTE: Ambassadors are not wilderness first aid certified. This is a casual get together for shared outdoor enthusiasts. Safety is a top priority; please plan accordingly.**



By registering for this event, participants agree to abide by the guidelines set forth by Women Who Explore which include:

• Practice social distancing.

• Carry a personal hygiene kit (mask and hand sanitizer) and have it available during the event.

• Refrain from sharing transportation, gear, food or close spaces with others outside of your household.

• Practice self-awareness and do not attend if you have had any flu-like symptoms, exposed to or have tested positive for Covid in the last 14 days.

• Post-event: anyone who develops flu-like symptoms within 14 days after joining an event should contact the ambassador and Women Who Explore at lindseyegan@womenwhoexplore.com.



If you are registering for one of our group events, we ask that you are 100% committed to attending when you register. If you reserve a spot and are unable to attend, please cancel as soon as possible on Eventbrite. We ask that you try to cancel a minimum of 3 days prior to the day of the event as this allows other women who would like to attend the ability to plan to join us.


Questions? Please reach out to Kristina Marx or Jamie Lyon with any questions. Can’t wait to see you all and hit the trail!

Kristina & Jamie – Women Who Explore – Portland Ambassadors

meet Your trip leader - southern Utah ambassador - Katie

Katie is an adventurer at heart. She has explored and wander in and around Southern Utah for the last 20 years. Canyons, wide open vistas, sandstone and sagebrush are her favorite!  She has worked in some form of recreation since she started working. Her love for backpacking took full force the year and a half she spent working for an outdoor behavioral company as a guide in 2004. Since then marriage and family has been her many focus with work on the side. She has been married for 17 years and has 4 great kids. As her kids have grown she has been able to pursue her passion to help women experience the outdoors safely and have the best time doing it. She started Desert Wander last year, yes 2020! She hopes to cultivate an amazing experience for all who come wander with her.

Come along with Katie as she takes you on an unforgettable weekend exploring some of the places she loves most!