What's in your Backpack?


What's in your Backpack? - Tubal Cain Mine, Buckhorn Lake & Marmot Pass

See some of the best scenery in the Olympics in a weekend after work on Friday!

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  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 17.5 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,700 ft

We will meet at 4:30pm in Olympia on Friday, location to be announced after registration closes.

Priority given to Olympia Essentials of Backpacking students. We will likely get to the trail head around dark on Friday and camp the first night just a short ways down the trail. Be prepared to set up camp in the dark. Don't worry, it's not hard, and a useful skill. Saturday will be spent hiking, exploring Tubal Cain mine, looking for aircraft wreckage, enjoying Buckhorn lake, and enjoying the views! We will likely camp at Marmot pass. Sunday we will pack up, hike out, and drive home.


Tubal Cain Mine, Buckhorn Lake & Marmot Pass

  • Green Trails Tyler Peak No. 136

    Green Trails Olympic Mountains East No. 168S

    Custom Correct Buckhorn Wilderness

    Trails Illustrated Olympic National Park
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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

You took the class, you know what to bring. Keep it light, we will be hiking a lot more than spending time in camp, since we have 17.5 miles to cover in a weekend.

Don't forget:

Head lamp for setting up camp in the dark

4 liter Water capacity for a potential dry camp

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