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Backpack - Napeequa Valley

Two day backpack on the Boulder Pass trail which leads to the Naapeequa Valley.

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  • Very Strenuous
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 22.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 4,000 ft

TBD

  • On Day one, the group will meet early to carpool to the White River trailhead. The trail follows the glacier fed White River and undulates between avalanche chutes and impressive groves of old growth trees.  The Boulder Creek must be crossed twice this day. After crossing the creek for second time, the trail switches back up and the valley opens up into views of towering Clark Mountain and prominent Mount David across White River Valley.   The trail meanders through meadows several miles up to Boulder Pass at 6300 feet.   The group will find a camp spot near the pass and enjoy views of seldom-visited Naapeequa Valley.  The distance and elevation gain for the day is 4000 feet and 11 miles. During the second day, the group will have time to explore the meadows in the morning before heading back down the trail to the cars.  The return trip will be mainly downhill.
  •   The pace of the backpack will be slow to moderate due to elevation gain and so that hikers can enjoy the view and take pictures and to adjust to the trip.  Backpackers should have experience on a relatively difficult overnight trip, since this trip includes over 4,000 feet of elevation on one day. This hike has two stream crossings on route to the pass that may be difficult to cross.  If creeks are determined to be unsafe to cross, an alternate destination will be chosen or group may hike up nearby Indian Creek trail.  Hikers must be prepared and comfortable with stream crossings. Hikers should be comfortable hiking in snow.   Along the way, we will be stopping for rest breaks as needed.  Since the trip is rated as very strenuous, participants need to be in shape enough to handle the elevation gain and mileage.  Hikers should expect long days and make no plans on the last day of the hike as the return time will probably be late evening.  Water shoes are required due to two streams crossings.  Micospikes may also be required depending upon possibility of snow on the trail at the time of the hike.  Participants will need a bear can, Ursac or way to properly hang their food.  The location of the backpack may be changed due to trail conditions or difficult stream crossings.  A Northwest Forest Pass is required for parking at the trailhead.
  • 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.

Please contact the leader at simonson2@earthlink.net to sign up and for questions about the trip.

Route/Place

Napeequa Valley


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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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