Backpacking Building Blocks Student-Only Backpack

Field trip: Backpacking Building Blocks (B3) Course

Backpacking Building Blocks Student-Only Backpack - Staircase Rapids

Hike a moderate 18 miles round trip past Staircase Rapids and along the North Fork Skokomish River to Nine Stream Camp. Total elevation gain 3700ft. 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. Trip open to students in any mentor group!

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  • Very Strenuous
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 18.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,200 ft
  • Pace: 1.5-2mph

Staircase Rapids Trailhead (

Saturday May 1st at 9am

Rain or shine

This is a relaxed, beginner’s backpacking trip to give students the opportunity to try out their gear and apply the skills they've learned in the B3 course.  We’ll be hiking along the North Fork Skokomish River, at a moderate pace (1.5-2 mph), with a goal of enjoying the area’s scenery and learning as much as possible.

We’ll meet at the Staircase Rapids Trailhead and hike upstream 9 miles on the North Fork Skokomish River Trail to Nine Stream Camp.

Participants will each be responsible for the $8/person permit fee.

Gaia GPS route detailing the trip from the trailhead to Nine Stream Camp:

After setting up camp on Saturday, we can either hang out and relax or (if trail conditions permit) go on a dayhike towards Two Bear Camp, First Divide, and Home Sweet Home camp.


North Fork Skokomish River

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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

Bear canister approved for use in Olympic National Park:

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