Backpack - Tubal Cain Mine, Buckhorn Lake & Marmot Pass


Backpack - Tubal Cain Mine, Buckhorn Lake & Marmot Pass

NOTE: I ask that everyone share a copy of their vaccination record with the group in advance of the trip or at the trailhead, and if you are not vaccinated you will be expected to mask up on the trail or at camp when within 6 feet of others. This overnight trip climbs 2700 feet over 6 miles past flowering wild rhodys and across flower-filled meadows to camp high above the Dungeness River with expansive views and the potential to see mountain goats. It's a great trip for new and returning backackers with moderate fitness to practice the new skill of carrying water to a dry camp.

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  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 17.5 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,700 ft
  • Pace: 1.5 mph

We'll meet at 8:30AM at the Tubal Cain trailhead on Saturday June 26, google map directions  Have your pack ready to go including water for the first 2 miles.  We'll be back to the trailhead by early afternoon on Sunday June 27.

This is the leader's favorite late-June backpack, with expansive flower fields, panoramic views and the chance to see mountain goats!  And none of the crowds that flock to Marmot Pass just over the ridge, though we get the same exceptional views! 

It's a dry camp so everyone will have a chance to practice carrying water for the overnight up to the camp.  Many beginner backpackers have really enjoyed this trail in past years!

Gear and food planning details and trail and weather information will be provided by the leader in advance of the trip.

The Mountaineers expect that anyone who is unvaccinated will continue to wear a mask when lingering within 6 feet of others at water stops and breaks and at camp.   Out of courtesy to the other group members I ask that everyone in the group please be ready to share their vaccination card before the trip or at the trailhead, and if you aren't able to do that I will require the mask.  Anyone who is not willing to follow this expectation is asked to choose a different trip.  Thanks for your consideration on this!


Tubal Cain Mine, Buckhorn Lake & Marmot Pass

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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials plus overnight gear which may include:

  • Tent 
  • Stove and fuel
  • Sleeping bag or quilt
  • Sleeping pad
  • Water treatment method and water carrying capacity for an extre 3L for dry camp
  • Bear canister, UrSack or extra stuff sack and cord to secure your food
  • Equipment for preparing and eating meals and plenty of food for 2 days
  • Toilet paper and shovel or blue bag to deal with waste
  • Raingear
  • A source of light
  • Overnight clothing suitable to keep you warm at the expected temperatures
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