Duckabush River


Day Hike - Duckabush River

Conditioning Hiking Series participants will experience their ups and downs on this beautiful and peaceful trail.

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  • Moderate/Strenuous
  • For Beginners (Getting Started Series)
  • Mileage: 10.6 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,300 ft

10/14/15 email sent to registered participants (updated 10/16):

We will leave from the Mud Bay Park & Ride at 6:30 a.m. Please arrive a few minutes early so that we can finalize carpools and be reading to go.

I'm looking forward to our hike up the Duckabush to Five Mile Camp this Saturday. I really like this hike, as you can see in my September 23rd trip report with photos on the WTA site.

The weather forecast keeping improving and looks likely to be better in the first half of the day, so we are starting earlier to give us a chance of missing any rain. 

You are welcome to email me with questions and suggestions. If you need to reach me (Chris Sullivan on the morning of the hike, please call or text me at 360-970-1477.

Below are a few things to keep in mind

  • We will be in the rain shadow of the Olympics but please plan for the possibility of rain. This is a great chance to practice layering skills our clothes and rain protection on/in our daypacks. Being prepared for rain at least triples the number of possible great hiking days here in the Pacific Northwest. Please look at the REI expert advice link below and ask any questions you want before our hike.
  • We will need 2 drivers in order to carpool. Bring cash to reimburse drivers if there is any chance that you will ride.
  • On the way north we will stop briefly at the Hoodsport Coffee Company for restrooms and coffee. We may also stop on our way South at the Hamma Hamma Farm Store or for ice cream in Hoodsport.
  • The trip will continue no matter what the weather forecast. Please bring appropriate gear for plausible conditions. Yes, we will use common sense at the trailhead and during the hike.
  • Think about your pace and how it matches with a group. We are prepared to break into two groups for this hike as needed and have two radios to keep in touch if needed. This won’t always be true on other hikes, so learning your pace is very helpful. My trip report on WTA lists times that my wife Virginia and I reached different points on this hike. This will give you likely trip time and standard for comparison.

Links for resources: Please bring clothes to stay comfortable and dry moving and standing still. Also have a daypack rain cover or a reasonable substitute and/or waterproof bag inside the pack.,+Olympia,+WA+98502/@47.0501375,-122.9999303,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x549175f8eb7e55a1:0x55d9e45de0562cb9 Mud Bay Park & Ride. Duckabush River trip report.


Duckabush River

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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  1. Navigation
  2. Sun protection
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination
  5. First aid supplies
  6. Fire
  7. Repair kit and tools, including knife
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter
Trip Reports