Waptus River


Backpack - Waptus River

3-day backpack with Waptus Lake as basecamp and exploration to one of the higher lakes nearby

  • Moderate/Strenuous
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 26.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,000 ft

6:30 am Tibbetts Park & Ride in Issaquah

Day 1:  Hike the 8 miles along Waptus river to Waptus lake.  There is a river crossing that will require sandals or other water shoes.  Setup camp at Waptus Lake.  Not a lot of elevation gain on the hike in to Waptus.

Day 2: Day hike to explore one of the higher lakes nearby, possibly Ivanhoe or Spade lakes. 8-10 miles and some elevation gain.

Day 3:  Hike out the 8 miles along Waptus river. 


Waptus River

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
  • Treats for the trip leader
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