Backpack - Thorp Lake & Lookout


Backpack - Thorp Lake & Lookout

This is a moderate/strenuous loop backpack of 10 miles and 2300 feet of gain, with the reward of broad views of the peaks of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness, Mt Rainier and Kachess Lake from Thorp Mountain Lookout.

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  • Fri, Aug 7, 2015 — Sat, Aug 8, 2015
  • Foothills Backpacking Committee
  • Backpacking
  • Singles, 20-30 Somethings, Retired Rovers, Adults
  • Moderate/Strenuous
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 10.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,300 ft

Meet at  9:30am at Tibbets Valley P&R.

This will be a loop backpack, going up via trails 1318, 1315, 1315.2 to Thorp Mountain Lookout and returning via trail 1330, 1300.1 and Road 123 (Little Joe Lake).   Plan is to camp at Thorp Lake (~3 mile, 1200’) then day hike to the lookout (~1.5 mile, 1000’ RT).   Second day, return via Little Joe Lake (7 miles, 400’).

Note that some parts of this trail may be steep or rough and require route finding skills.  In return for this, the trail is un-crowded and offers unmatched views, including a 360 degree panorama from the fire lookout.

Participants can be new to backpacking (leader can provide instruction and/or some loaner equipment), but should have comfortably completed day hikes of 10 miles  and 2000+ elevation this season.

Although open to all club members over age 18, this trip is also part of the B3 backpacking Building Blocks series and eligible for B3 course credit. In addition, this backpack will have a practical instructional/learning focus and offer experience in proper gear use and camp set-up techniques.


Thorp Lake & Lookout

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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