Intro to Backpacking Field Trip

Field trip: Introduction to Backpacking

Intro to Backpacking Field Trip - Marmot Pass & Buckhorn Mountain

Overnight Backpacking Field Trip for Introduction to Backpacking Course Students.

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  • Easy/Moderate
  • For Beginners (Getting Started Series)
  • Mileage: 5.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,500 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 3,900 ft

Meet at the Upper Big Quilcene trailhead at 8am on Saturday.

**I will be carrying my 13 month old daughter and my husband will also be on this trip.**

This is a beautiful forest hike that follows the Big Quilcene River for 2.5 miles until our destination, Shelter Rock Camp.  In those 2.5 miles, we will gain 1500ft in elevation.

Once we set up camp, we will have the option to side hike up to Marmot Pass (an additional 6.5 miles and 2,200ft gain roundtrip).  Those who don't feel up to it may stay in camp.  On Sunday, we will pack up camp and hike the 2.5 miles back to the car.

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


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.

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