Backpack - Slab Camp Creek & Upper Gray Wolf River

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Backpack - Slab Camp Creek & Upper Gray Wolf River

We will meet at Slab Camp trailhead and intersect with the Gray Wolf Trail to Slide Camp, set up camp there, and then explore over to Three Forks Camp and back.

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  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 18.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,700 ft

You are welcome to come spend the night at my beach house near Sequim the night before.  I would get there around 4 p.m.  Otherwise, plan to meet at the trailhead at 10:30 a.m.   The Mountaineers official event is ONLY from trailhead to trailhead.  

If you want to overnight at my house, please contact me.  We can figure out meals there and clean up quickly in the morning.  We'd likely go on a beach walk or maybe go dancing Friday night.  We would need to leave the house by 9:30 to meet the others at the trailhead.  It would be dorm style sleeping:  there is a king and queen in the big bedroom, a queen in the small bedroom, and cots and couches.  It has all the amenities of a house.  The views are phenomenal!!  We would share dinner and breakfast potentially.  Wine etc ok at my house.  We could have an outdoor fire and watch the sunset etc.

Please note:  I have no intention of us going to Ned Hill.  It is a separate trail, but it shows in the description.  It's a short trail but not much view plus the structure is not really impressive.  If anyone wants to do that, they could, but it would not be part of the official activity and would have to be before or after our one night outing.

We will descend 2.8 miles and 900 feet to the intersection with the Gray Wolf Trail (we will likely take a lunch break at Camp Tony on the river) and go right about 2.3 more miles to Slide Camp - it is fairly steadily uphill with about 600 feet of gain in that section.  We will set up camp there and then day hike 6 miles roundtrip over to Gray Wolf and Three Forks Camp (which cross into the National Park) gaining another 200 or so feet; then come back and hang out at Slide Camp for the evening.  

I anticipate it will take us about 2.5 hours actual hiking time to get to Slide Camp.  It will likely be a three hour excursion over to Three Forks.  We can make short rest stops for photos or snacks.  I just want to be sure we get to camp fairly quickly because the other camps past Slide Camp are in the park and would require us to have permits arranged ahead of time.

This will be my first time to go all the way to Slide Camp and Gray Wolf and Three Forks camps, but I have done portions of this trail several times.  It is mostly woodsy but pretty.  It should be snow free.  I capped this at 8 because I'm not sure how big Slide Camp is so I want to be sure we have enough room to camp.

Sunday:  I anticipate getting up by 7:30, eating breakfast, packing up and heading out around 9ish getting us back to the trailhead by noon.

Bring a Kindle just in case you want to read.  Microspikes might also be handy - probably not icy by the end of April, but it's been a strange weather year.

**NOTE:  serious amounts of rain or stormy weather will cancel the backpacking trip.  It is possible we could just stay at the house all weekend if the weather is terrible.  I'm not a fan of wet and cold outings.  In which case, I'd want some help with food and utility costs.**

Route/Place

Slab Camp Creek, Gray Wolf River & Ned Hill



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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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