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Beginners' Backpack. Bull of the Woods Wilderness, OR

This backpack is designed for those of you new to backpacking and for those of you who have backpacked, but not recently, and want to see if you really are interested in taking it up again.  We will backpack a loop in the Bull of the Woods Wilderness just east of Salem. 

The hike distance is 14 miles with about 3140 feet of elevation gain.  On Friday, after driving to the trailhead at Elk lake, we hike to Upper Twin Lake (5.3 miles, +1200 feet).  In route, we have the option of climbing Battle Axe (1.8 miles, +840 feet).  On Saturday, we will hike to the site of the Battle Creek Shelter (4.6 miles, +770 feet).  We may also do a short day hike in the vicinity of the old shelter site.  On Sunday, we return to Elk Lake (4.1 miles, +1170 feet).   With luck, the weather will be good, but all backpackers are expected to be prepared for cold, wet weather. 

Please contact leader at to sign up or for further information. 

Driving:  116 miles RT

Friday, June 21, 2019 to Sunday, June 23, 2019
Rick Cooper
503-362-9719 (p)
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