Backpacking Building Blocks Student-Only Backpack

Field trip: Backpacking Building Blocks (B3) Course

Backpacking Building Blocks Student-Only Backpack - North Fork Sauk River

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. Preference for members of Amae and Brian's mentor group and will open to others if there is room.

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  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 11.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,000 ft
  • Pace: 1 - 1.5 mph


The pace will be relaxed and easy, averaging 1.5 mph with very gradual elevation gain.

This trip is on the Mountain Loop Highway closer to the Darrington side.

The first day will be a relaxed day, hiking from the Trailhead to Mackinaw Shelter, 5.25 miles and 1,000 feet of gradual elevation gain along a forested river.  Day 2 will be an optional challenging day hike to Red Pass, 9 miles and 3900 feet of elevation. On Day 3, we will hike 5.5 miles back out to the trailhead. 

This trip will help fulfill the requirement of a 2-night backpacking trip.

Weather information for the area can be found here

Current COVID safety protocols will be observed.  Update with details on current protocols will be sent prior to the trip.


North Fork Sauk River

  • Green Trails Sloan Peak No. 111

    Green Trails Glacier Peak No. 112

    Trails Illustrated Glacier Peak Wilderness

    Green Trails Mountain Loop Highway No. 111SX
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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

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

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