For camping (and not necessarily backpacking) in a serene and secluded area, the Shady Cove Campground is a great option with access to some of the most beautiful areas in Oregon. Located in the Opal Creek Scenic Area, it allows visitors access to the gorgeous emerald green swimming holes of Opals Pools and the historic town of Jawbone Flats. Though the Shady Cove Campground is still car camping, it is a primitive campsite along the banks of the beautiful Santiam River.
For those who want more of a challenge in a more secluded area can head up to the Loowit Trail around Mount Saint Helens. At between 28 and 34 miles, depending on the route you choose and where you start, this rather treacherous backpacking route that goes around the mountain is sure to test your skills, while offering unique and breathtaking views of a geologically wondrous area around a volcano that erupted relatively recently.
Groups: Trails Club of Oregon
Events: Backpack Expeditions with Mazamas