Basic Backpacking Field Trip - Duckabush River

Field trip: Basic Backpacking

Basic Backpacking Field Trip - Duckabush River

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

  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 10.6 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,300 ft

We’ll be taking two cars from the Seattle area. We will arrange carpooling depending on where folks live. To ensure we get the best campsites, we'll be at the trailhead by 10:00 a.m., which means a 7:30 a.m. departure from Seattle.

Not many river hikes have great views of the countryside—just one reason why the Duckabush is a special place to explore. This trip will require an early departure to make sure we get campsites at our destination, Five Mile Camp. After setting up camp (and a nap!) we might do a short day hike before or after dinner.

This hike is not strenuous when done as a backpacking trip: The total elevation gain going in on Day 1 is 1600’. Coming out on Day 2 we gain 700’.

About Basic Backpacking Field Trips

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


Duckabush River

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