Carbon River Road


Backpack - Ipsut Creek Camp

Easy starter backpack to Ipsut Creek Camp

COVID-19: Learn about our most up-to-date guidance for participants and leaders on our COVID-19 Response page. All participants and leaders must agree to the COVID-19 Code of Conduct before participating in this Mountaineers activity.
  • Easy
  • For Beginners (Getting Started Series)
  • Mileage: 14.5 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,100 ft


This is an easy, shake down starter backpacking trip with priority given to this year's Olympia Backpacking Class students. It will be run under the Mountaineers COVID-19 Phase 3 guidelines. Maximum number of participants other than the leader is limited to 3, but no more than 2 households. There is a road washout just before the park entrance, so parking is along the edge of the road. The trail/old road is in good shape with one spot where the river has washed over the trail. It is easily crossed on logs. Ipsut Creek Camp is a former car camp. Sites have bear lockers for food storage and the restroom is operational.

This trip is organized to help current students of the Olympia Branch Essentials of Backpacking course complete their course requirements.  It is expected to fill quickly and a waitlist will not be maintained.


Carbon River Road

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
  • Stuff sack for placing all food in camp bear lockers
  • Cooking pot/pan with plate and utensils
  • Toilet paper and shovel or blue bag to deal with waste
Trip Reports