Locations for groups of more than to backpack
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Hi, I am trying to find some locations for a youth group backpacking trip. Last summer we had our first ever, a wonderful hike to the Pamelia Lake area. The distance in was perfect, the access to water and the interesting hikes to take from the campsite. It was a huge success.
This year we want to do another, only one problem. The success of last years trip, combined with the growth of our youth group, means more kids are going to want to go than the nine +3 adults we took last year. Pamelia will therefore be out of play, as we will have more than 12 in our group.
So question is, where can we take a group larger than 12 people, with great access to water, an easy to moderate hike in to the campsites, and preferably within two hours of Salem?
Anything out there fit the bill? I'm finding all sorts of great looking locations, but they are all in wilderness areas so group size is limited to 12.
Thanks for any help you can give.