Backpacking Building Blocks Student-Only Backpack

Field trip: Backpacking Building Blocks (B3) Course

Backpacking Building Blocks Student-Only Backpack - Enchanted Valley

Enjoy a 3-day, 2-night, 26-mile round trip backpack through the rainforest to one of Washington’s most iconic backpacking destinations. This field trip will give B3 students the opportunity to try out gear and new skills with experienced mentors.

  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 26.5 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,800 ft
  • Pace: 1.5-2mph

We will meet at Graves Creek Trailhead ( on Friday, June 14 at 10am.

Rain or shine

Day 1: Backpack 9 miles from the Graves Creek Trailhead to Pyrites Creek Campsite. We will set-up camp here for two nights.

Day 2: Day hike to Enchanted Valley (round-trip 8 miles) with optional extension into the valley towards the world’s largest Western Hemlock and Anderson Pass.

Day 3:  Return backpack to the Grave Creek Trailhead

 This is a relaxed (but long distance!), beginner’s backpacking trip to give students the opportunity to try out their gear and apply the skills they've learned in the B3 course.  We’ll be hiking along the Quinault River, at a moderate pace (1.5-2 mph), with a goal of enjoying the area’s scenery and learning as much as possible.  This is one of Washington State’s iconic backpacking trips, with a knockout-beautiful destination.

Priority registration for students in Yates and Casey's mentor group prior to May 10. Other B3 students can request permission on May 13 or later.

Participants will each be responsible for the $16/person permit fee.


Enchanted Valley

  • Green Trails Mt Christie No. 166

    Green Trails Mt Steel No. 167

    Trails Illustrated Olympic National Park

    Custom Correct Quinault-Colonel Bob

    Custom Correct Enchanted Valley - Skokomish

    Custom Correct Brothers - Mt Anderson
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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

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

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