Backpacking Building Blocks Student-Only Backpack

Field trip: Backpacking Building Blocks (B3) Course

Backpacking Building Blocks Student-Only Backpack - Olympic Coast South: The Wildcatter Coast

This field trip will give B3 students the opportunity to learn new ocean beach backpacking skills on a two night moderate/challenging trip with experienced mentors.

  • Moderate
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 17.5 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,900 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 350 ft
  • Pace: 1.5 mph

Meet Friday morning at the Third Beach trailhead at 8:00am.  We'll start walking at 8:20am.  Our group will organize a car shuttle the night before.

This two night trip starts at Third Beach in the Olympic National Park and travels south along the coast to Oil City.  See the trip description here

Due to ocean tides, an early departure Friday morning is required.  Hotels are available in Forks not far away, or arrange for camping the night before.  A two night camping fee reimbursement to the trip leader is appreciated.

Headland crossings are required and involve steep ascents and descents with ropes and ladders.  Rounding headlands requires traveling over slick boulders.  The majority of the trip is on lovely sand beaches during the day at lower tide levels, but balance and agility are required for the more difficult headland challenges.

Early priority registration will be given to students in Sarah's mentor group from June 26 through July  2 at 8pm.  Then any qualified B3 student can email Sarah at for leader permission to sign up.  Permission requests are not accepted before this registration opening.

More information will be provided as trip details are finalized.


Olympic Coast South: The Wildcatter Coast

  • Green Trails La Push No. 163S

    Custom Correct South Olympic Coast

    Trails Illustrated Olympic National Park

    Green Trails Olympic Coast Beaches No. 99S
  • See full route/place details.
Required Equipment

Required Equipment

A bear can, The Ten Essentials, plus overnight gear as specified by the trip leader.

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