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