Backpacking Building Blocks Student-Only Backpack

Field trip: Backpacking Building Blocks (B3) Course

Backpacking Building Blocks Student-Only Backpack - Rachel, Rampart & Lila Lakes

Fall colors and 360-degree views of the PCT await us on the summit of Alta Mountain. We’ll camp at Rampart or Lila Lakes depending on crowds. 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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  • Moderate, Strenuous
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 17.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,500 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 6,100 ft
  • Pace: 1.5-2mph

Rachel Lake Parking Lot, 8:00AM

 The last section of the trail up to Rachel Lake (our first stop) is steep with lots of roots but we won’t be in a hurry. The trail up to Alta is rocky in places but not technical. We also have the option of camping “off the grid” at some unnamed tarns just below the mountain.


Rachel, Rampart & Lila Lakes

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

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

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