Intro to Backpacking Field Trip - North Fork Skokomish River to Big Log Camp

Field trip: Introduction to Backpacking

Intro to Backpacking Field Trip - North Fork Skokomish River to Big Log Camp

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

  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 10.2 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,510 ft
  • Pace: 1.5 to 2 mph

We will meet at the Staircase Trailhead at 9AM and after introductions and a brief equipment check, be on the trail by 9:30AM on Saturday

Permit fee is $13/person - payable to leader prior to trip

Preference to Tacoma Branch Introduction to Backpacking Students. Trip will open to all Mountaineers on April 30.  Backpacking Students may request leader permission  starting March 27th.  Being accepted does not guarantee you a spot as you will still have to register.

Experience a one-night backpacking trip to Big Log Camp in the Olympics! Starting from Staircase, hike through beautiful trails, set up camp in the midst of towering trees, and enjoy a night under the stars. 

Saturday - We'll hike from the Staircase trailhead to the Big Log Camp - 5.1 Miles 1,100 Feet Elevation Gain.

Sunday - We'll return to the Staircase Trailhead - 5.1 Miles  410 Feet Elevation Gain.

There are bear wires at this camp, so bear canisters are not required. 

An American the Beautiful Pass is required for parking at the trailhead


North Fork Skokomish River

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  • See full route/place details.
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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