North Fork Skokomish River


Backpack - North Fork Skokomish River to Big Log Camp

Introduction to backpacking for the Olympia Mountaineers Backpacking Course participants. We will hike to Big Log Camp and set up camp there. Minimal elevation gain. Preference is given to Olympia Backpacking Course participants until one week before the trip. This is a mentored lead for Anna Batie Kuka.

  • Moderate
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 10.2 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,510 ft
  • Pace: 1.5 mph

Meeting and carpooling options will be in the Hello Hiker email prior to the trip. 

An America the Beautiful Pass is required for parking at the trailhead.

Permit fee is $9/person, payable to the trip leader before the trip.

Preference to Olympia Branch Backpacking Students. Trip will open to all Mountaineers on June 7.  Backpacking Students may request leader permission  starting April 27th.  Being accepted does not guarantee you a spot as you will still have to register.

Enjoy a one-night backpacking trip in the Olympics! 

Saturday - Hike from the Staircase trailhead to the Big Log Camp - 5.1 Miles 1,100 Feet Elevation Gain. Optional exploration day hike for those interested. 

Sunday - Return to the Staircase Trailhead - 5.1 Miles  410 Feet Elevation Gain.

Bear wires are available at this camp.


North Fork Skokomish 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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