Duckabush River


Backpack - Duckabush River

A 12-14 mile, 2-night in-and-out backpack with 1,400 ft in elevation gain, and day hiking on Day 2. (5 miles to and from camp.) The trail ascends the river up through old-growth forests and into The Brothers Wilderness. THIS IS A MENTORED HIKE

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  • Moderate/Strenuous
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 23.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,380 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 1,780 ft
  • Pace: 2.0 mph

We'll meet at the Duckabush trailhead at noon. Depending on where you are coming from, the drive to the trailhead could take 3 hours or longer and could involve a ferry trip.  Please take this into consideration when signing up, and when planning to leave. We’ll be ready to hike from the trailhead by 12:30 p.m. Carpooling is strongly encouraged to avoid crowding the trailhead (and to save on ferry tolls). US FOREST PASS/FEDERAL LANDS PASS REQUIRED.

Meet at the Duckabush Trailhead. First day, we’ll hike to Five Mile Camp. On the second day, we’ll explore up the Duckabush about 6-7 miles, then return to camp. On the third day, we’ll hike out.



Duckabush River

  • Green Trails Olympic Mountains East No. 168S

    Green Trails The Brothers No. 168

    Custom Correct Brothers - Mt Anderson
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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials plus overnight gear which may include:

  • Trekking poles recommended.
  • Food protection: Required; Bear canister or Ursack strongly recommended. (Please note: We're not in the National Park, so there are no bear wires.) Food should be stored well away from camp.
  • Tent with footprint/ground tarp
  • Stove and fuel (we might share)
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Water filter
  • Cooking pot/pan with plate and utensils
  • Toilet paper and shovel or blue bag to deal with waste
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