Backpacking Building Blocks Student-Only Backpack

Field trip: Backpacking Building Blocks (B3) Course

Backpacking Building Blocks Student-Only Backpack - Suiattle River

The Suiattle river trail is a great riparian stroll alongside a powerful glacial river. We’ll hike 7.5 miles through old growth forest (with 1,000ft of elevation gain), cross an impressive log suspension bridge, and camp overnight at Canyon Creek. The next day, we’ll return the way we came, hiking 7.5 miles back to the trailhead. 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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  • Very Strenuous
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 14.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,000 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 2,500 ft
  • Pace: 1.5-2mph

9:00am at the trailhead.  

We’ll be hiking at a moderate pace (1.5-2mph), and once we get into camp we’ll focus on getting everyone’s tent/sleeping system set up. Sharing of tents, stoves, water treatment, and bear canisters is encouraged.  If time allows and there is sufficient interest, a short day hike along a portion of the Pacific Crest Trail is possible.


Suiattle River

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

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

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