Intro to Backpacking Field Trip - Marmot Pass

Field trip: Introduction to Backpacking

Intro to Backpacking Field Trip - Marmot Pass

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

  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 12.5 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,700 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 6,000 ft
  • Pace: 1.5 mph

Join us as we travel through old growth forest along the Big Quilcene River up into meadows with beautiful mountain views.

We anticipate camping at Shelter Rock about half-way to the pass and about 2.5 miles and 1400 feet gain from the trailhead. Once we have camp pitched, there will be an optional day hike with our lighter packs to Marmot Pass with some exploration around Camp Mystery and the pass area. We'll take this part of the trip slow so we can all enjoy the surroundings as we approach the pass. When we have had our fill of mountain views we will return to camp to relax and have a group dinner beside the Quilcene River. 

Round trip distance and gain for the optional day hike is 6 miles and 2100 feet gain. Total trip distance and gain is 11 miles and 3500 feet gain 

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

Route/Place

Marmot Pass & Buckhorn Mountain



  • Custom Correct Buckhorn Wilderness

    Green Trails Tyler Peak No. 136

    Green Trails Olympic Mountains East No. 168S

    Trails Illustrated Olympic National Park
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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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