Basic Backpacking Field Trip

Field trip: Basic Backpacking

Basic Backpacking Field Trip - Ross Dam & Big Beaver Creek

Overnight field trip for the Basic Backpacking Course. This is the last scheduled activity for the course. A great basic backpacking trip. It should be snow free by early June. I have been able to secure the permit for the stock camp at Big Beaver creek. See additional details in the Leader's notes.

  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 18.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,900 ft
  • Pace: 1.5 mph

I have been able to secure the permit for the stock camp at Big Beaver creek (hopefully not having stock with us it is not going to be a problem). Being just 6 miles from the TH, we should have enough time to set up camp in the morning and explore the Beaver Creek trail in the afternoon.
As usually weekend are quite busy I have selected a Friday - Saturday slot, that will allow us to better enjoy trail and nature, as well as have more camping choices.
Plan is to meet at 9:00am at the Wilderness Information Center in Marblemount. Collect the permit and get the latest info from the rangers. We will then proceed to the trailhead and we will start hiking to destination at 10:30am. When at destination we will set up camp and explore the area in the afternoon. Saturday morning we will leave camp and hike back to cars. For people interested we may day hike on the east bank trail.

More details provided close to the start date. 

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.   


Ross Dam & Big Beaver Creek

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

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