Basic Backpacking Field Trip - Greenwater, Echo & Lost Lakes

Field trip: Basic Backpacking

Basic Backpacking Field Trip - Greenwater, Echo & Lost Lakes

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

  • Easy, Moderate
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 11.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,600 ft

We will meet at the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest Ranger Station in Enumclaw (47.199141, -121.974136) at 7:30AM on Saturday, June 10th . From there we will caravan to the trailhead at (47.105753, -121.475156). We will do a preliminary gear check and backpack fitting in the parking lot, before heading out.

A Northwest Forest Pass or  Interagency Annual Pass is required to park at the trailhead.

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.   

We will be camping approximately 2.5 miles from the trailhead near Upper Greenwater Lakes/Lost Creek. We will be moving at a casual pace and will focus on testing our gear and enjoying the outdoors. After setting up camp, we will plan to day hike up to Lost Lake or Echo Lake, assuming trail conditions allow for this excursion.

Upon returning to camp we will have dinner and spend the evening relaxing. 

The following morning, we will have a leisurely breakfast, pack up and aim to hit the trail no later than 11:00AM. We should be back to the cars on Sunday by 1:00PM.

Multiple emails will be sent out prior to the trip with weather details, gear lists, and other important information.  Please be prepared to camp in both sunny and rainy conditions depending on the forecast. Hazardous conditions may necessitate a change in location or date, which will be communicated by the leader. 


Greenwater, Echo & Lost Lakes

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

See course lectures and handouts.

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