At The Dyrt, we share camping tips from our community of campers and campgrounds. With so many campers staying home, we continue to share this info so you can plan future camping trips across the U.S.

Imagine backpacking in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest: hiking through forests of evergreen and fields of wildflowers, over volcanic rock, and past scenic views of snow-capped volcanoes.  Now imagine being out there with your own pack llama to carry all of your food, water, and gear.  Sounds pretty idyllic to us!

Female hiker with visor and fanny pack poses with a llama in the backcountry.

I recently stumbled across Wallamas, one of the most unique hiking experiences I have ever heard of in the Pacific Northwest. Their guided hikes with pack llamas allow you to leave the heavy lifting to your furry friends, while experiencing Washington’s beauty unrestrained.  Not only will they plan your trip through the Gifford Pinchot National Forest but they offer rental gear, prepared meals cooked in a dutch oven, and of course, the luxury to only carry a day pack. Each hike is customized specifically for your group, so feel free to reach out to the owner Jeff with any requests and consider bringing a llama on your next backpacking trip.

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  • Margaret Fisher

    Margaret Fisher

    Margaret Fisher is a photographer, outdoor enthusiast, and avid traveler. Raised in the North East and living in Northwest, you can usually find her day tripping to Mount Hood or the Oregon coast in her subaru forester. She dabbles in activities ranging from rollerblading, to climbing, to skiing, to surfing, to sailing, to petting every dog in sight. Check out more of her work at https://mjf.design/