Backpack - Silver Creek Way Trail

Trip

Backpack - Silver Creek Way Trail

Initially open to Tacoma Branch Introduction to Backpacking students. Trip will open to all Mountaineers on April 18 (please seek permission with Gene Keltgen, mentored lead). Registered participants must provide leader with proof of vaccination before the trip.

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  • Easy/Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 10.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,700 ft
  • Pace: 1.5 to 2 mph

Detailed meeting information will be sent not later than Sep 3.  Plan for an early morning start to get to the trailhead by 8:00 am.

Located within the Olympic rain-shadow, this area receives ample sunshine and consists of a much drier landscape than points south and west. Lakes are rare in this wilderness. Silver Lake is one of the few gracing the region.

Silver Creek route was never officially built but involves instead a well-trodden user built boot path. It’s rugged in spots.  Reaching the trailhead involves a long rough dirt road from the north.

Initially, the trip is only open to Tacoma Branch Introduction to Backpacking students.

Trip will open to all Mountaineers on April 18.  If not a student, please contact Gene Keltgen for permission before signing up.

Registered participants must provide leader with proof of vaccination before the trip.  

Route/Place

Silver Creek Way Trail



  • Green Trails Olympic Mountains East No. 168S

    Custom Correct Buckhorn Wilderness

    USGS Mt Townsend
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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

To be discussed at lecture for Introduction to Backpacking course students.

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
  • Cooking pot/pan with plate and utensils
  • Toilet paper and shovel or blue bag to deal with waste
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