Basic Backpacking Field Trip - Duckabush River

Field trip: Basic Backpacking

Basic Backpacking Field Trip - Duckabush River

Overnight field trip for the Basic Backpacking Course. Join me on a spring stroll down the Duckabush River to test out your backpacking gear!

  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 10.6 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,300 ft
  • Pace: 1.5-2.0 mph

Meet Up Place and Time: 

  • 8:30 AM at Duckabush Trailhead (Google Map). Boots on trail by 9 am!
  • Northwest Forest Pass or America the Beautiful (National Park) Pass required at trailhead.

    Trip Description:

    Join me on a spring trip to the Olympics and test out your backpacking gear! This trip will start at the Duckabush River Trailhead (about 2.5 hrs from Seattle). This trail has a steady incline over the day, with one big climb as we go over Big Hump. We’ll keep the pace slow and steady, but some prior conditioning is highly recommended.

    We will set up camp at 5 Mile Camp and enjoy the spring riverside views. You will want to bring a bear can or ursack to store your food.  You’ll need food for 2 lunches, 1 dinner, 1 breakfast, and as many snacks as you need. We’ll head out by 9 am on Sunday and be back to the cars by early afternoon. 

    Please note: This is an early-season trip dependent on weather and snow conditions. Always be prepared for variable trail conditions, including creek crossings and downed trees.

    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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    Required Equipment

    Required Equipment

    See course lectures and handouts.

    Additional Gear to Consider:

    • Bear Can or Ursack for food storage
    • Hiking Poles
    • Gaiters
    • Rain Jacket & Pants
    Trip Reports