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Spring Backpack - Duckabush Trail

  • Apr 11, 2014 · 9:00 AM
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Duckabush River above 5-Mile Camp, May 2013

Rating: Easy

Drive: The drive from Olympia North to Dosewallips TH off Hwy 101 is 75 miles and takes about 2 hours.
Gear: 10 essentials and overnight camping gear are required

Carpool: Rendezvous at 9:00 AM. We will carpool to the trailhead. We leave on time and do not wait. Please bring $$ to reimburse drivers. 

Backcountry Permit required ($4 per person)

No dogs allowed in National Park


Disclaimer: We will be in the wilderness. Serious injury or death can occur. We are not professional guides nor do we claim to be experts.  It is not our responsibility to get you to the listed destination.  We hike at our own pace.  By attending this hike you are assuming responsibility for your own personal safety and we will not be held responsible.

Duckabush Trail, November 2013

Trek Description

Weather forecast is good (no rain) so I'm heading out for an early spring backpack up the Duckabush River. This is a two-night, three-day excursion of modest proportions. I plan to hike in about eight miles to 8-Mile Camp, a lovely campsite just inside the National Park along the Duckabush River with several thrones cut out of tree stumps (see photo). I'll spend two nights at this campsite with a day hike upstream on Saturday. On Sunday I'll hike out. The campsite is "unimproved" meaning there is no toilet or bear wire. The lower Duckabush Trail is a splendid forest walk along the mighty Duck with a lot of up and down on quality, well-maintained trail. High's in the fifties, lows in the mid-thirties. 

Lunch @ Eight Mile Camp - Duckabush River

We do not allow guests on our hikes - you must be a member to join us.

Itinerary:

DAY01 - 8 m / 8-mile Camp 4/11/14  FRI

DAY02 - 10 m / 8-mile Camp 4/12/14  SAT   

DAY03 - 8 m / TH  4/13/14    SUN 


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  • Mac

    Another unique and fun backpack thanks to Jon and Cyrus.

    April 15, 2014

  • Victoria

    One of these days, I'll hike a trail with this meetup group. :) I work during the week.

    April 14, 2014

  • Cyrus B.

    Well, this "heavy, flattery Load" of compliments coming from an expert and skilled backpacker and mountaineer in his own right and by his own merit means a lot to the insignificant "ME"; Cyrus. Thank you, Eppo.

    April 14, 2014

  • Jon E

    I joined Meetup just over a year ago to locate like-minded people for multi-day backpacking excursions. It's a rare individual that has the combined qualities of inclination, skill, fitness, and the willingness and ability to adjust their schedule in order to actually go! I'm thankful to have met a few, Cyrus and Mac chiefs among them. This trio has logged over 100 miles together in the last year and it's always a good time. This relaxing 20-mile jaunt was no different.

    April 14, 2014

  • Cyrus B.

    Simply put, it couldn't have been any better; glorious weather, awesome campsite; easy, but refreshing, early spring walk through the park, and best of all, the fabulous camaraderie; LOVED IT!

    April 13, 2014

  • Lynn H.

    Dang, would love to hike with you Wonderland boys, but have a meeting on Friday I sadly must attend. Have big fun, maybe I'll walk in to meet you on Sunday!!!!

    April 8, 2014

    • Jon E

      Sounds good. You can join us Saturday night also. we'll be camped right along the Duck about two miles inside the NPS boundary. If you get to 10-mile camp you missed us! The campsite is easily visible from the trail and you won't see many other campers up there this weekend.

      April 10, 2014

    • Jon E

      FYI - this trail is NOT flat. In addition to a 1000' climb up the Big Hump you must descend the other side and then you will encounter small ups & downs as the trail winds along the river.

      April 10, 2014

  • Wolfgang G.

    Looking at the Topo I am guessing the switchbacks you are talking about Victoria is what is called the "Big Hump". Some where about 4 miles in? After that it looks quite flat all the way to 10 mile camp. The 8 mile camp are did not show on the map, but that is not unusual. The climb at the Hump looks like about 800' or less in elevation. Any takes on picking me up in Kingston? :) If not I'll probably just meet at the trail head or at camp.

    April 8, 2014

    • Jon E

      I believe you can find suitable trees for your hammock at this site as most of the forest is out of the picture. You're welcome to join us. I only limited to four because of the vehicle.

      April 8, 2014

    • Lynn H.

      Might do!!

      April 8, 2014

  • Jon E

    Looking forward to the reunion with Mac and Uncle C. It'll be our first time all together since we finished the Wonderland Trail together last September. At that time, I believe I got a little drunk!

    April 8, 2014

  • Wolfgang G.

    Jon, is there spots to hammock hang at the 8 mile camp? The trees in the pic seem a little on the small side? Would love to get out it's been too long! Also, any chance you might be able to pick me up in Kingston?

    April 8, 2014

    • Jon E

      Sorry, Kingston is way out of our way coming from Olympia as we go directly up 101 on Hood Canal.

      April 8, 2014

  • Jon E

    • There is a one-mile, 1000' climb up the Big Hump and down the other side. Other than that the ups and downs are not significant. • The campsite is NOT on any maps but Uncle C and I had lunch there in November and I thought the site was better than 10-mile camp and I like 10-mile camp. I think the trail crew created this campsite last summer when they were cutting out the 300+ trees we climbed thru in May of 2013.

    April 8, 2014

  • Victoria

    I just noticed that this hike is rated as "easy." If this is the Duckabush Trail I know, the switchbacks are hard.

    April 8, 2014

    • Jon E

      Thanks for sharing. Life is perception for sure. I'm used to week long treks with 12 miles and 3000' of elevation everyday. I guess 8 miles plus 1000' is "easy" in my mind. My apologies.

      April 8, 2014

  • Cyrus B.

    It's always a treat to walk with you in the wilderness.' Jon.
    Coming from Seattle Eastside, I could take a couple of people to Olympia along with me.

    April 8, 2014

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