Backpack - Greenwater, Echo & Lost Lakes


Backpack - Greenwater, Echo & Lost Lakes

Short beginner backpack to two lakes with a campsite on the Green River. Only one uphill through this beautiful big tree forest, but 3-4 bridges require some bravery. This backpack is for families only.

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  • Easy
  • For Beginners (Getting Started Series)
  • Mileage: 5.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 600 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 3,200 ft

Meet at Olympic National Forest Headquarters on Black Lake Blvd at 9:00am for a 9:15 departure.  You will need a National Forest Pass or America the Beautiful annual pass. If you would like to carpool, let the leader know.

It is a two hour drive to the trailhead.

There will be a mandatory gear check on Wed, June 13, from 6-9pm (drop in) at the leader's home:  1613 Camden Circle SW, Olympia, WA  98512.  Spare gear will be available at that time and food arrangements will be made.

We will plan on hiking out shortly after lunch on Sunday to be at trailhead by 3pm and home by about 5pm.

Families need to gather packs and gear as best they can for a gear check.  Leader has spare tents, backpacks, and lesser gear for lending, so come with what you have, including clothing as suggested at class.

Families will be expected to bring lunch for Saturday and Sunday and at least one set of snacks plus their cereal in a bag breakfast or an alternative.  Dinner and dessert and trail snacks will be provided as part of the $5 fee.

Water filters

If the weather is good, kids will have the opportunity to play in the lake and/or river and fish if they have a pole.  Adults will need fishing license to fish.



Greenwater, Echo & Lost Lakes

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials:  full set for adults, age appropriate for kids

Plus overnight gear which may include:

  • Tent with footprint/ground tarp
  • Stove and fuel---two for the entire group
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Water filter---provided by leader
  • Bear canister or stuff sack for hanging food--- provided by leader
  • mess kits for each person
  • potty packs
  • camp shoes
  • whistle and bell lanyard
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