Backpacking Building Blocks Student-Only Backpack

Field trip: Backpacking Building Blocks (B3) Course

Backpacking Building Blocks Student-Only Backpack - Ancient Lake

This early-season backpack trip will take us to a sunny and dry destination just east of the Columbia River where we will find seasonal wildflowers, interesting geological features, and a rare desert waterfall. This field trip will give B3 students the opportunity to try out gear and new skills on an easy overnight backpack with experienced mentors.

  • Easy
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 6.5 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 700 ft
  • Pace: 1.5-2 mph

We will meet at the Ancient Lakes Lower Trailhead on Saturday April 20 at 11 am. 

This will be an easy, slow-paced trip ideal for beginning backpackers or for warming back up for a new backpacking season. We will focus on dialing in our backpacking gear, get experience setting up and breaking camp, and get excited for longer, more challenging trips to come in the season, all while enjoying sunshine and spectacular scenery. Priority registration for students in Yates and Casey's mentor group prior to April 8. Other B3 students can request permission on April 8 or later. 

Day 1: We will hike an easy 2.5 miles along the southern trail to set-up camp at Ancient Lakes. After setting up camp, we will have an optional 2-mile round trip hike to explore the area.

Day 2: We will break camp, enjoy breakfast, and hike 2.0 miles out on the northern route.

 Note: There is no potable water available on trail—we will be packing in all of our water for the overnight trip.


Ancient Lake

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials, sun and tick protection, plus overnight gear as specified by the trip leader

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