Backpacking Building Blocks Student-Only Backpack

Field trip: Backpacking Building Blocks (B3) Course

Backpacking Building Blocks Student-Only Backpack - Goat Lake (Monte Cristo)

This backpack will give B3 students the opportunity to try out gear and new skills on an easy overnight backpack to Goat Lake.

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  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 10.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,280 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 3,161 ft
  • Pace: 1.5-2.0

Where: Goat Lake Trailhead (Link to Trailhead)

Trip dates: Saturday, June 12 - Sunday, June 13

Arrival time: 8:00am - Please arrive and be ready to hit the trail by no later than 8:15am.  This is a popular trailhead so the earlier you can arrive for a spot the better.

Return time: 4:00pm - We may be back earlier but there are no guarantees so please do not schedule anything based on an earlier return time.  

Pass required: Northwest Forest Pass or America the Beautiful Pass

*Priority for this trip is for the Summit Sistahs B3 mentor group,  but others may join if there is space available.

*This is a mentored backpack trip.

This is a relaxed, beginner’s backpacking trip to allow students to try out their gear and apply the skills they've learned in the B3 course.  We will be strolling mostly through the woods with a gradual gain in elevation over the length of the hike.  It is still a little early so expect it to be pretty muddy.  This is a highly trafficked trail so we will be sharing it with several other day hikers.  

We will be going at a slow to moderate pace (around 1.5 mph) so we can work on conditioning and make stops as needed to adjust gear.  There are limited campsites around Goat Lake so we will do our best to find a good space for everyone to set up.

If you'd like more information on the trail, you can find it on the following links:

WTA: Goat Lake Trail

GaiaGPS: Goat Lake Trail


Goat Lake (Monte Cristo)

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials, plus gear for an overnight backpack.

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