Backpacking Building Blocks Student-Only Backpack

Field trip: Backpacking Building Blocks (B3) Course

Backpacking Building Blocks Student-Only Backpack - Scott Paul Trail & Park Butte

This may be the most beautiful place you ever see (no kidding). Moderate three day trip with central base camp to explore the Park Butte lookout, Railroad Grade Trail, Meadow Point, and Scott Paul Trail on the south side of Mt. Baker. 19 total miles, + 3800 feet . Panoramic views, alpine moraines, glaciers, lookout, marmots, this trip has it all. While open to all Mountaineers, this trip is designed to offer Backpacking Building Blocks (B3) students extra coaching and skills/gear practice.

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  • Moderate/Strenuous
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 22.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,800 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 6,000 ft
  • Pace: 2 mph


Day 1: 5 miles, +2650 feet, Schreiber Meadow trail head to Cathedral Camp and dinner at the Park Butte lookout.
Day 2: 7 miles, +1150 feet from Cathedral base camp up the narrow Railroad Grade trail to 6000 feet elevation and the Easton glacier, then easier off trail side trip to Meadow Point (EL 5479 feet) and stunning view of the Deming glacier. 
Day 3: 7 miles, -2000 feet from Cathedral camp across the Rocky Creek suspension bridge and return to trailhead via the alpine zone Scott Paul trail. 

May have a difficult Rocky Creek crossing on day 1 depending on flow rate.  There is a narrow and exposed trail, lookout with ladder, and suspension bridge if you are sensitive to heights/exposure.  We'll go in beautiful or inclement weather, so be prepared for Pacific NW weather.  Carpools, gear, and tent sharing encouraged.


Scott Paul Trail & Park Butte

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials plus overnight gear which may include:

  • Tent with footprint/ground tarp
  • Stove and fuel
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Water filter
  • Bear canister or extra stuff sack and cord designated for hanging food
  • Cooking pot/pan with plate and utensils
  • Toilet paper and shovel or blue bag to deal with waste
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