Backpack - North Fork Quinault River & Elip Creek Loop


Backpack - North Fork Quinault River & Elip Creek Loop

Family Beginner Backpack to Wolf Bar on the Quinault River. Families wanting to learn or practice basic backpacking skills can do this easy hike to a riverside campsite where we will practice camp set up and backcountry skills including water filtration, hygiene, and knots. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast and more activities before heading out on Sunday.

  • Easy
  • Casual
  • Mileage: 5.2 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 125 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 650 ft
  • Pace: 1-2 mph

 9 am Saturday morning in West Olympia--location to be emailed to participants.  It is about a 2.5 hour drive but we will stop at the Giant Spruce Tree and maybe a waterfall at Lake Quinault en route and then picnic at the trailhead before setting out.

We will have a leisurely morning and after hiking out visit the North Quinault Ranger station and Kesner homestead.

Plan on departing the area no later than 4:00pm

Priority is given to families attending the backpacking with Families Zoom class on May 30.

Recommended for kids ages 4 and up.

Mandatory pack check  for all hikers on June 12 or by arrangement with leader.

Some equipment is available to borrow and stoves, water filtration, tarps, bear canisters, and most other common equipment will be available.  You will need to have most of your own personal gear.

Kid backpacks available for borrowing as well as some adult packs.

This is a fun trip and a beautiful campsite with lots of space for practicing all you need to know to take your family backpacking in the future.

Meals will be a combination of group meals and a chance to try out some of your own creations, using creative backpacking food and cooking equipment.


North Fork Quinault River

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  • See full route/place details.
Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Because this is a beginner backpack, the gear inspection is mandatory.  It is an opportunity to see what you have and want to try out and what you need to share and learn about and what you would like to borrow.

You will not be expected to go out and buy huge amounts of equipment or clothing  but will be helped to figure out how to use what you have and/or what to buy to provide you with the basics.

Layered clothing, NON-Cotton, rain pants and jacket, hat and gloves, good hiking boots or shoes with warm socks.

Backpack sized to fit each individual.

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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