Backpacking Building Blocks Student-Only Backpack - Suiattle River

Field trip: Backpacking Building Blocks (B3) Course

Backpacking Building Blocks Student-Only Backpack - Suiattle River

An early season, 15-mile roundtrip backpack with 1,000 feet of elevation gain. You’ll enjoy a varied lush forest, small stream crossings, with our camp destination next to the stunning Suiattle River. 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
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 14.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,000 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 2,500 ft
  • Pace: 2mph

As per Covid restrictions, carpooling will not be allowed with those whom we do not live with. We will all be responsible for traveling to the trail head that morning. 

In  a detailed email regarding the trip, I will provide directions and pass required to leave our cars there overnight. 

This moderate backpack trip will be a long day hike of 7 miles to our camp destination at a moderate pace of 1.5-2.00 mph. The trail is well maintained, but there can be a few stream crossings during that time of year that may require water shoes, which would be great practice to stop as a group, and learn how to navigate that.

May can still be quite cool at nights, packing layers is highly recommended.

For those who will end up driving, it is a very long forest service road that will have potholes to navigate, so please make sure that your vehicle is equipped to handle that terrain. A Northwest Forest Pass is required to park at trail head.


Suiattle River

  • Green Trails Mountain Loop Highway No. 111SX

    Green Trails Glacier Peak No. 112

    Trails Illustrated Glacier Peak Wilderness
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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

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

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