Seattle MAC - Backpacking Trip

Youth activity: Mountaineers Adventure Club

Seattle MAC - Backpacking Trip - Talapus Lake Trail

MAC members go on a 2-night backpack trip to the Island Lake via the Talapus Lake TH. This trip has prerequisites. See leader notes for details. (Note: Prerequisites may be waived due to COVID-19 cancellations on a case-by-case basis. Reach out to Carl w/ questions)

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  • Fri, Jun 26, 2020 — Sat, Jun 27, 2020
  • Seattle Youth Outreach Committee
  • Youth
  • Youth
  • Moderate, Moderate/Strenuous, Strenuous
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 11.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,220 ft
  • FULL (4 capacity)
  • FULL (1 capacity)
  • FULL (1 capacity)
  • Cancellation & Refund Policy

Phase 2 Trip

See trip sheet for details

Note: Participants will have to be dropped off and picked up at the Talapus Lake Trailhead, since carpooling is not recommended in Phase 2.

Mandatory attendance at pre-trip meeting: 

Monday, June 22nd, 7:00-8:30pm

Join Zoom Meeting (password: 021681)

Prerequisites: Wilderness First Aid (WFA) course/badge. Attendance at at least 1 MAC hike throughout the year prior to backpack trip.

Students must have demonstrated fitness throughout other MAC activities and may be asked to answer certain questions to give the leader an idea of their fitness/ability/experience level.  


Talapus Lake Trail

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Gear required specifically for this trip

  • Each person needs a method to secure food and smellables.  Ursack works well. Other options:  bear cans (heavy and bulky), or hanging food from trees.  For this latter option, people need to bring about 50' of line (such as 3 mm paracord), and something to hold their food (such as a stuff sack); it should not be a stuff sack used for other purposes, such as clothes, sleeping bag or tent.  
  • Some means of water purification.  I plan to use Aqua Mira drops for myself.  Water filtration device works.
  • Stove, pot, fuel and lighter.  No white gas stoves.  
  • Tent, poles and stakes.
  • Map in waterproof bag (gallon Ziploc bag works well) and compass
  • Toilet paper in waterproof bag (quart Ziploc bag works well)
  •  Sleeping bag and clothes in waterproof bag (garbage bag works) or waterproof dry bag
  • Bug repellent (and optional headnet)
  • Personal first aid kit

Usual backpacking gear

  • Backpack
  • Tent, poles and stakes
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Pack cover or plastic bag for water repellence
  • Wool/synthetic socks (minimum of three pairs)
  • Boots (MUST be waterproof hiking boots that is worn in the sturdy tread, seam, and laces)
  • Shorts (synthetic)
  • T-shirt (three pairs of synthetic)
  • Sports bras (two pairs of synthetic)
  • Underwear (three pair)
  • Long sleeve shirt (synthetic)
  • Long underwear (synthetic)
  • Warm jacket (fleece or wool)
  • Warm top (synthetic or wool)
  • Warm pants (synthetic or wool)
  • Waterproof Jacket (breathable, with a hood on the jacket)
  • Waterproof Pants (breathable)
  • Stocking cap (wool or synthetic)
  • Gloves/mittens
  • Bandana
  • Camp shoes (close-toed—old tennis shoes are great)
  • Sunglasses (polarized, broad spectrum UV protection)
  • Bowl, Cup, Spoon
  • Water (at least two liters)
  • Headlamp/Flashlight (spare batteries)
  • Personal first aid kit
  • Trekking Poles
  • Van Bag with change of clothes, snacks, money for on road (optional)
  • Personal Hygiene items
    • Toothbrush/toothpaste
    • Biodegradable soap
    • Gender specific items
    • Wash cloth
    • Sunscreen
    • Comb
    • Personal medications
  • Optional
    • Multi tool or knife
    • Camera
    • Playing cards
    • Hacky sack
    • Frisbee
    • Journal and pen
    • Instruments (Harmonica, etc.)


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