Backpacking Building Blocks Student-Only Backpack

Field trip: Backpacking Building Blocks (B3) Course

Backpacking Building Blocks Student-Only Backpack - Sheep Lake & Nannie Ridge

This trip will give B3 students the opportunity to use their new skills on a moderate two night backpack with experienced mentors. Leader permission is open to any qualified B3 student until July 8, 9am, priority to students needing trips to graduate; email Join us for this less crowded area in the Goat Rocks Wilderness south of Mt. Rainier.

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  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 20.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,800 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 6,100 ft
  • Pace: 2 mph

Meet at 11am at the Coleman Weedpatch trailhead near Walupt Lake in the Goat Rocks Wilderness south of  Mt.  Rainier.  We`ll start our trip at 11:20am.

The Goat Rocks in late July are lovely.  Flowers (and bugs?) show their splendor.  This loop around Walupt Lake features 12 miles on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT), the Nannie Ridge traverse, a side trip to Nannie Peak,  and a jump in Walupt Lake at the end to cool off.

Day 1: Coleman Weedpatch trailhead to Coleman Weedpatch camp; 6 miles, +1700 ft, -700 ft.

Day 2: North on the PCT to camp in the Sheep Lake area;  8 miles, +600 ft.

Day 3: Complete the loop  via Nannie Ridge and down to Walupt Lake; 5 1/2 miles, +500 ft, -1850 ft.

Trip totals; 20 miles, +2800 ft, -2800 ft


Sheep Lake & Nannie Ridge

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials, plus overnight gear as specified by the trip leader. A "Hello Hiker" email about a week before the trip will provide more details.

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