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First backpack trip with 11-year-old son


I live in Bend, OR, and am looking for suggestions about where to go for a first ever backpack trip with my 11-year-old son. 

I'm hoping to hike in a maximum of 5 miles (4 would probably be better). We can go mid-week as it is summer vacation, so hopefully won't be too busy. Just want to make this first experience a fun one that will open up a world of outdoor adventures for him. 

Need to be by water, and would love to go somewhere we can swim and fish.

Thanks in advance, Kevin

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Hello @jodo 

I saw your question and researched a bit as I have not done backpacking in Oregon but I live just to the north of you in Seattle.  I love Bend - what a beautiful spot to live.  

My son was in Scouts so we had lots of exposure to backpacking here in Washington. 

I found this - and think it might be a perfect spot since it would expose you and your son to the PCT and some beautiful mountain lakes with several options for camping.  

There's nothing like getting kids away from their devices and into the mountains. Enjoy