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 a beautiful trip at the foot of Mt Baker. On Day 1, we will hike to Cathedral or Mazama Camp, then on to Park Butte Lookout. On Day 2, we will hike along the Scott Paul Trail or up the Railroad Grade Trail and out the way we came in. It's a moderately difficult hike, but the beauty of the area makes it well worth the work.

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  • Moderate/Strenuous
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 14.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,000 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 5,460 ft
  • Pace: 1.5-2 mph

Scott Paul Trail/Park Butte Trailhead 10:00am.


We have not decided exactly where we'll camp and don't know if the Rocky Creek suspension bridge has been installed, there may be some variability in the overall distance we will hike. But it should be 8-12 miles, with 2000-3000 ft elevation gain.  

Blue bags are required for human waste.  Leaders will provide them.  

Northwest Forest Pass required for all parked vehicles. 


Scott Paul Trail & Park Butte

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

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

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