Duckabush River


Backpack - Duckabush River

This moderate to strenuous overnight backpack trip is 10.6 mile out and back with 2,300 ft in elevation gain. The trail ascends along the Duckabush River through old-growth forests and into Brothers Wilderness with beautiful views of surrounding peaks.

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  • Sun, Jul 10, 2016 — Mon, Jul 11, 2016
  • Foothills Backpacking Committee
  • Backpacking
  • Singles, 20-30 Somethings, Retired Rovers, Adults
  • Moderate/Strenuous
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 10.6 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,300 ft

We will meet at the Duckabush Trailhead at 12 noon on Sunday the 10th (note it is after Collins Campground and just past the turn off for horses). A Northwest Forest Pass is required.

While open to all qualified Mountaineers members over 18, this trip is offered in association with the Backpacking Building Blocks course and includes an additional element of teaching and demonstration, as appropriate for the group.

We will start on an old roadbed and climb over “Little Hump” into the Brothers Wilderness Area, traveling through second-growth forest from the 1920’s and 1930's. The next mile and a half is relatively flat and travels through mossy undergrowth. Then, the trail starts to snake along the river past huge cedar and fir trees, and the start of the old-growth forest. We will then climb 1,000 feet of switchbacks over “Big Hump” and are rewarded with views in both directions. We will camp at Five Mile Campground, or if we feel up to it, Seven Mile Campground just two miles down the river. There is plenty of water sources to be had along the trail, which was recently visited by a WTA trail maintenance crew. There are still a few places we will need to shimmy over and under trees. We will be back at the trailhead early Monday afternoon.



Duckabush River

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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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