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Backpacking: Sawyer Pond (Beginner)

  • Sep 20, 2014 · 11:00 AM
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Backpacking:  Sawyer Ponds - 2 days 1 Night ( Beginner)

Pace: Slow & easy


Day #1 - 4.5 Miles -- Estimate 3.0 hours

Elevation Gain: 700ft  -- Descend 300ft

Day #2 - 5.0 Miles -- Estimate 3.5 hours

Elevation Gain: 200ft -- Descend 300ft


This trip is ideally for the first time backpacker, good introduction. The more experience'd packer could consider this fun for the interesting for the great views into the scenic area of Sawyer Pond Basin.

Journey:  Trip will follow the Sawyer pond Trail from the Kank at its trail head parking lot. Once at Sawyer pond campsite spend the night.

Morning, Trail back to the road via the Sawyer River trail to the Kank and either with a dropped car get back to our start or hoof it the five miles for one packer to retrieve the car.. We have options, can come back the same way too....

On top of Bug Spray!!! You must have the basic backpacking equipment.
Some stuff can be borrowed from other’s. I recommend a comment on the threads below your selected trip for available gear and carpooling etc..
Look to the gear list listed at our group page.
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Click "Gear List – Summer Backpacking


1 Dinner Meal - Cold or Warm, Warm freeze dried add water only. OR if you want something that need simmering you need to bring your own pot for the community stove.

1 Breakfast - Ceral or other Coffee or Tea

6 Snacks for on the trail.

Trail Cloths Short Sleeve shirt, Shorts, Synthetic socks and sock liners.  Sock Liners really help keep blisters away with new or not completely broken in footwear.

Camp Cloths, Long Sleeve cotton or other shirt. Zip on legs for shorts or pants Dry socks any kind. 100wt Fleece shirt or sweater & hat if your balding..:-0) Headlamp is a must.

Foot Wear: Either sneakers or boots. Comfortable fitting!!! We will have a stream crossing at the start.. FYI


There is a parking fee if you dont have a pass and I am not sure if there is or not a fee for staying at the campsite.. We can work those details out as needed when the time comes.

Just bring some good campsite fun and humor..



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Waiver:  Read !!!

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Falling off any part of an climbing route or bouldering challenge or other associated activities, even hiking to a destination may result in injury or death. Weather, Trail conditions be it a slip on a trail or falling objects like rocks, climbing gear or tree’s from above, or avalanche can all incur injuries and/or death.

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That said have fun! Play safely! And take the responsibility of your own actions.

The Organizers…



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  • Charmz

    Great group, great trip! Beginner friendly and relaxing!

    1 · September 23, 2014

  • Kristie W.

    I am just grabbing gas across the street

    September 20, 2014

  • Kristie W.

    Hope everyone is excited about this weekend! This is always a great trip and I am looking forward to meeting some new faces, as well as seeing some familiar ones! Just to let everyone know, I will have a group stove (Jetboil) to make hot water, as well as a water filter, and a first aid kit. No need to bring these items with you, it saves alot of weight, trust me!

    The forecast, looks fairly dry for the time we will be out there, a chance of a few showers at night, so make sure to bring your rain fly for your tent, as well as a rain jacket. The low is 54 degrees, so a 30 or 40 degree bag should be fine. Headlamp is a must! I do recommend hiking boots on this trip, as we do walk through some wet areas on our way out on Sunday.

    If you have any questions or need to borrow some gear, please reach out to me!

    2 · September 17, 2014

  • Karl R.

    So sad I have to miss this one again! :(

    September 16, 2014

  • Samantha

    This looks like so much fun (and it's perfect for me)! I already have a trip planned out of town that weekend (with plane tickets). I hope to get in on the next beginner backpack!

    August 27, 2014

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