North Cascades National Park Overnight Backpacking at Ross Lake Dam

  • Participants

    Age 14 and up

  • Fitness level : 3

    Moderate

Summer is here! It's time to lace up your boots & set out on an overnight backpacking trip in iconic North Cascades National Park! We will begin our journey trekking across the top of Ross Dam towering 540 feet above the Skagit Gorge and offering stunning views of the Snowfield group peaks that rise over 6,000 feet above the valley. After approximately 3 miles of hiking, we will camp at the bank of the lake under a forest canopy while taking in the majesty of the surrounding water and peaks. You will have ample opportunity to hone your skills while enjoying 24 hours in the backcountry: learn what to bring, how to carry it, what and how to cook, managing water, navigation, and choosing a campsite - all while practicing Leave No Trace principles. This trip is designed with new backpackers in mind - no prior experience is necessary. You should be prepared to hike 3 miles each way, with approximately 1,500 feet of elevation gain total over both days. This trip includes all required gear (backpack, tent, sleeping bag, pad, stove, cookware, trekking poles, water filtration), dinner on day 1, and breakfast the following morning. We can't wait to get outside with you!

Gear provided by REI

  • Backpack - Internal frame 45-65 liter pack.
  • Backpacking Stove
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner - Food supplied for dinner
  • Group First Aid Kit - Contents include wound care items and over the counter medications for minor injuries and illnesses
  • Headlamp/Flashlight
  • Sleeping Pad - Closed cell foam or self inflatable.
  • Three Season Backpacking Tent
  • Three Season Sleeping Bag - A bag rated 15 degrees plus.
  • Trekking Poles
  • Water Filter
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sessions available