Basic Backpacking Field Trip

Field trip: Basic Backpacking

Basic Backpacking Field Trip - Dosewallips River Road Trail

2 Nights field trip for the Basic Backpacking Course. This is the last scheduled activity for the course.

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  • Moderate
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 18.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,200 ft
  • Pace: 1.5 - 2 mph

We will meet at the trailhead at 8:30am. If you are traveling from Seattle the best option is to take the 7:10am ferry from Edmonds to Kingstone.

Additional details will be provided before the trip.

Waterfalls, Gorges, Flowers

The Dosewallips river trail it is a great destination for new backpackers and for backpacking early in the season. The trail follows the old National Park Road with a gradual ascent to the old car campground and Ranger station.

We will strictly apply COVID guidelines from Mountaineers, please check before leaving as they may change. 

On the trail we can admire interesting rock formations and beautiful waterfalls. Going up towards Anderson pass we'll go through beautiful Rhododendron forest which should be in full blossom at that time and cross some deep gorge on a  spectacular bridge. 

The trail is quite wide (at least to the campground) and the campground is huge, so there is plenty of room for social distancing. It is also a great destination for basic backpacking and there is plenty of great water (river and creek), flat ground and bear proof containers, so no bear canister is required.

  • The plan is to meet at the trailhead at 8:30am on Friday. Being the Memorial day week-end it is good to beat the crowd. 
  • We will hike to the campground and will set up camp.
  • Day 2 will will leave tents at camp and we will hike up to the trail that goes to Anderson pass (which is way too far and too early in the season). 
  • Day 3 we will leave early and hike back to the trailhead.

About Basic Backpacking Field Trips

The Basic Backpacking Field Trip, or "student backpack", is the final scheduled activity of the Basic Backpacking Course.   For most students it will be their first overnight trip in the backcountry.  Student backpacks are usually single-night trips along Easy or Moderate routes that do not present any unusual technical challenges.   


Dosewallips River/Abandoned National Park Road

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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

See course lectures and handouts.

Nights can be very cold, so it is important to have adequate gear (both cloths and sleeping pad/bag). You have to plan food for 3 lunches, 2 dinners and 2 breakfast. 

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