Intro to Backpacking Field Trip

Field trip: Introduction to Backpacking

Intro to Backpacking Field Trip - Duckabush River

Overnight Backpacking Field trip

  • Easy/Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 10.6 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,300 ft
  • Pace: 2.0 mph

Hey there campers! This is an awesome hike and even "awesomer" camp site ... IF we get to it before other backpackers take the best spots! Therefore, meet up time at trailhead is 7:30 a.m., geared up and on the trail by 7:45 a.m. 

Directions: From Olympia, take US-101 North toward Shelton/Port Angeles for 56 miles. Turn left (west) onto Duckabush Rd, you'll see a huge brown sign indicating "Duckabush Recreation Area." Continue six miles down this road, though the pavement ends at 3.6 miles. You will pass a large campground 5 miles in, this is Collins Campground. 

6 miles in, there is a sign for a horse parking area on the right. Go just past this parking area and bear right and uphill onto Forest Road 2510-060, which is not well signed, and find the trailhead in 0.1 mile.

Facilities are available at the trailhead, and there is room for about 20 cars.

I'll send another message or two as the date gets closer. 





This is a beautiful forest hike that follows the Duckabush River for 5 miles until our destination, 5 mile Camp.  We will go up and over "little hump" and "big hump".  We will take it slow on the uphills.  Trekking poles recommended for the downhill sections, especially with our overnight packs on.  Bear canister or Ursack recommended for food storage, since the trees are high and difficult to hang food from.

Once we set up camp, we will have the option to continue along the trail to the National Park Boundary.  Those who don't feel up to it may stay in camp.  On Sunday, we will pack up camp and hike the 5 miles back to the car.

Must display NW Forest Pass or America the Beautiful Pass in vehicle at the trailhead.


Duckabush River

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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

To be discussed during the course. 

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