Backpack - Wolf Creek


Backpack - Wolf Creek

The Wolf Creek Trail takes you to an incredible place, but the journey requires incredible patience. This up-and-down trail covers 21 miles round trip with a cumulative elevation gain of almost 4,300 feet round-trip. Your reward for the effort is magnificent Gardner Meadows, a prairie-like valley set between towering peaks and jagged ridges.

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  • Moderate/Strenuous
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 20.6 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 4,270 ft
  • We all meet at the Marblemount Ranger Station at 0900.
  • 7280 Ranger Station Rd, Marblemount, Wa 98267.
  • We will carpool and leave a couple cars at both drop/pickup locations.  

We will go at a nice easy pace and enjoy this early season backpack trip.   No need to worry about being left behind.  


Sunday: Meet up at Marblemount Ranger station , 0900.  Carpool to trail head and then head out on our awesome 10 mile hike to Gardner Meadow camp.

Monday: Hike  the 10 miles back to the cars and drive back.

  • Pets are allowed on a leash--please ensure the protection of wildlife and a good experience for all visitors by respecting the leash law.  Bring poop bag for you and the dog.
  • There is a possibility that we will have to cross/ford a creek.  If it is too high or unsafe we will return the way we came and find an alternate camp.
  • You Do need a park or forest service pass.
  • Fires are allowed at Camp...stoves are fine.

Wolf Creek

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials plus overnight gear which may include:

  • Essential Backpacking Gear
  • Tent with footprint/ground tarp
  • Stove and fuel
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Water filter
  • Trekking Poles
  • 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
  • Whatever else you want to carry.
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