Backpacking Building Blocks Student-Only Backpack

Field trip: Backpacking Building Blocks (B3) Course

Backpacking Building Blocks Student-Only Backpack - Gothic Basin

A sea of granite awaits you in the heart of Washington’s historical mining country. Gothic and Del Campo peaks tower above Foggy Lake and a massive alpine basin. 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.

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  • Strenuous
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 9.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,000 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 5,200 ft
  • Pace: 1.5-2mph

 Barlow Pass Trailhead, 8:30 AM

The hike in is steep and east-facing so it can be pretty rough on a hot day which is why an early start is important. As an added bonus I’ll show you the entrance to an abandoned mine from around 1900.


Gothic Basin

  • Green Trails Mountain Loop Highway No. 111SX

    Green Trails Sloan Peak No. 111

    Green Trails Monte Cristo No. 143

    USGS Sloan Peak

    USGS Monte Cristo
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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

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

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