Backpacking Building Blocks Student-Only Backpack

Field trip: Backpacking Building Blocks (B3) Course

Backpacking Building Blocks Student-Only Backpack - Baker River to Noisy Creek Camp

This field trip will give B3 students the opportunity to try out gear and new skills on an easy overnight backpack with an experienced mentor. Students in Casey and Yates' mentor group have priority registration until April 6. Other B3 students can request permission on April 7.

  • Easy/Moderate
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 10.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,200 ft
  • Pace: 1.5-2mph

We will meet at the Baker River #606 trailhead at 10 am. Northwest Forest Pass is required for parking.

Directions: Take Exit 230 off of I-5, drive east on SR-20 (North Cascades Highway) for 23 miles, and turn left (north) onto Baker Lake Road (between MP 82 and MP 83). Continue on Baker Lake Road for 26 miles—it becomes Forest Road 11 and the pavement ends after 23 miles—reaching the road end and trailhead (750 ft).

This is a relaxed, early season one-night backpack along the East Bank trail of Baker Lake. This trail is known for gorgeous views of Mount Baker and Mount Shuksan. We will hike about 5 miles to our campsite at Noisy Creek on Saturday and, after setting up camp, hike a short distance into the woods to check out “Big Doug,” one of the largest Douglas fir trees in the Cascades. On Sunday, we will hike the same trail out. Expect more details in a “hello hiker” email about a week before the trip.

 Students in Yates and Casey’s B3 mentor group have priority registration for this trip starting on March 31. B3 students in other groups and encouraged to email Yates starting on April 7 to introduce yourself and request a spot.   


Baker River & East Baker Lake

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials, plus overnight gear as specified by the trip leader

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