Basic Backpacking Field Trip - Lower South Fork Skokomish River

Field trip: Basic Backpacking

Basic Backpacking Field Trip - Lower South Fork Skokomish River

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

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  • Easy
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 10.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 575 ft
  • Pace: Moderate

0800 at the trailhead. Directions will be provided. Trailhead is accessed by FS Road 23 north of Shelton.  

Mostly flat hike in a mix of old growth and second/third growth forest. Big trees, lots of moss and lichens and a rushing river.  

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.   


Lower South Fork Skokomish River

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

See course lectures and handouts.

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