Backcountry Navigation with a Map and Compass

10:00am2:00pm PST
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$85 for REI Members

$105 for non-members

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  • Fitness level 2 Easy Active
  • Minimum age 14
  • Group size 12 people
  • Instructor REI Experiences Guide

During this class, our instructors will help you understand a topographic map, proper use of your compass, and how to put the two together. You'll learn about magnetic north, true north, and magnetic variation (declination). After covering these fundamentals, you'll get time to practice taking a bearing from the terrain and your map so that you can make sense of your position and plan a route. This engaging course is a great introduction to outdoor navigation and map reading! Please arrive 5-10 minutes prior to the start time listed and come prepared with personal snacks and water. Participants under 18 must be accompanied registered adult.

  • Confidently comprehend a topographic map
  • Learn to calculate declination
  • Use a compass to take a bearing, plot your position on a map, and develop a route plan.

What to bring with you


Meet at Hilltop Day-Use Area. Tipping is optional and at your discretion. If you would like to reward your guide(s) for their efforts, a suggested gratuity is 10-20% of the trip price. The guide team will divide all gratuities equally. Venmo or Paypal may be an option and we recommend having cash on hand; credit cards cannot be accepted. Questions? Call our Local Experiences team at 1-877-819-3803 or email us at

Map image of Stub Stewart State Park

More directions and information

Park at Hilltop Day-Use Area. An Oregon State Parks day-use parking permit is required. $5 a day, $30 for a 12-month permit, and $50 for a 24-month permit.