Backpack - Black Canyon (Umtanum Ridge)


Backpack - Black Canyon (Umtanum Ridge)

Overnight backpack to Black Canyon

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  • Moderate
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 7.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,250 ft

We will carpool to destination. We will need at least 2 drivers for the carpool for a total of 8 people. Meeting times, locations, and carpools will be determined at the planning meeting for this backpack. We will schedule the planning meeting during the week prior to the trip.

Although open to all club members over age 18, this trip is also part of the B3 backpacking Building Blocks series and eligible for B3 course credit. In addition, this backpack will have a practical instructional/learning focus and offer experience in proper gear use and camp set-up techniques.

Prior backpacking experience is not required, but you should be able to hike 5 miles in a day at 1.0 – 1.5 miles per hour with your loaded backpack. While this is a wonderful hike, the additional weight of an overnight backpack should be a consideration. There may not be fresh water available the first week of May. Lightweight backpacking is encouraged. Generally, your backpack (with food and water) should weigh 35 pounds or less.

The leader will have a short trip planning meeting scheduled for April 28. All trip participants are expected to attend the planning meeting. Details about gear requirements and assistance with food planning and packing will be discussed at that meeting.  We will also discuss carpool details at that meeting.

The trip may be cancelled or the destination changed if weather turns poor. 


Black Canyon (Umtanum Ridge)

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials plus overnight gear which may include:

  • Tent with footprint/ground tarp
  • Stove and fuel
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Water filter
  • Bear canister or extra stuff sack and cord designated for hanging food
  • Cooking pot/pan with plate and utensils
  • Toilet paper and shovel or blue bag to deal with waste
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