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Backpacking suggestions for a newbie near portland, oregon

Howdy! Anyone have suggestions for best introductory backpacking trips to take reluctant screenagers lol?  3 nights, ideally within 2 hours of Portland. Near lakes for swimming would be great. 5-8 miles/day. Perhaps Ramona Falls?  thanks!

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Re: Backpacking suggestions for a newbie near portland, oregon

"Reluctant" sounds alarm bells.  Take them on a good, vigorous day hike first??  not everyone enjoys backpacking.....

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Re: Backpacking suggestions for a newbie near portland, oregon

@flipsterjoe wondering what @bryndsharp and @Shrekia would recommend?! They had some good suggestions in this conversation...

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@flipsterjoe I would check out trail in Mt. Hood National Forest! As they aren't experienced hikers/backpackers, I would recommend looking for a route that is easy-moderate, with relatively little elevation gain. 

Here is a link to a site that gives you some trail options. I love to use this site when looking for hiking/backpacking ideas. 

Hope this helps!

www.brynsharpphotography.com
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Re: Backpacking suggestions for a newbie near portland, oregon

thanks!

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