Intro to Backpacking Field Trip - Flapjack Lakes

Field trip: Introduction to Backpacking

Intro to Backpacking Field Trip - Flapjack Lakes

Preference to Tacoma Introduction to Backpacking students. Trip will open to all Mountaineers to register on April 30.

  • Very Strenuous
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 15.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,200 ft
  • Pace: 2 mph

DATE CHANGE: due to lack of permit availability, I had to change the start date to Sunday, September 8, and returning Monday, September 9.

Once registration closes on August 31, we'll finalize meeting and optional carpool plans. 

Expect an early start, we'll meet at the trailhead at 8:00am. Depending on where you live, the Staircase Ranger Station is approximately a 2-hour drive from the Tacoma area.

Preference to Tacoma Introduction to Backpacking students. Trip will open to all Mountaineers to register on April 30.

Requirements:

A National Park Pass or America the Beautiful Pass is required for parking at the trailhead.

There is an additional $8 per person fee that I will purchase in advance, plan to reimburse  me for this cost.

Bear canisters are required for this trip. 

Mileage:

Day 1 mileage is approx. 7.5 miles to camp with approximately 3,000 ft of elevation. We'll set up camp and then relax and maybe even swim in the lakes.  

Day 2 mileage, for those interested in an early start and a little climb before we head back down, there is an optional side trip to Gladys Divide of 3 miles (round trip) and 1,092 ft elevation gain. If you take the side trip, mileage on Day 2 is approx. 10.5 miles, otherwise it's 7.5 miles back to the trailhead. 

Route/Place

North Fork Skokomish River



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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

To be discussed at lecture for Introduction to Backpacking course students.

The Ten Essentials plus overnight gear which may include:

  • Tent with footprint/ground tarp
  • Stove and fuel
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Water filter
  • Bear canister
  • Cooking pot/pan with plate and utensils
  • Toilet paper and shovel or blue bag to deal with waste
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