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Duckabush River I

Backcountry Response Team

Thu May 13, 2021 8:30 AM — Sun May 16, 2021 3:30 PM

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Olympic Peninsula — East - Hood Canal

Features: Logout, Earn Northwest Forest Pass

Crew Leader: Al Mashburn

What a slide across the trail looks like. Photo by Old Dave


The Duckabush suffered from a slide at 5 mile camp that makes travel difficult. We want to take care of this problem now. This trip will clear debris off 150 feet of trail and remove some logs that came down with the slide. We'll also work on logout of the trail beyond 5 mile camp. Come learn what it takes to fix a trail that is part of our lost trails found campaign.

About the Area

Starting on an old logging road and climbing to Little Hump, the Duckabush Trail enters The Brothers Wilderness at about one mile. After descending Little Hump, it follows the river for about 1.5 miles and then climbs Big Hump.

The switchbacks through Big Hump offer spectacular views. Beyond Big Hump, old-growth dominates the forest. It's possible to travel 20 miles to O'Neill Pass this way. The trail is a great early season trip with its starting elevation of 500 feet, though the entire length of the trail is not hikeable until much later in the season.

What to Expect

We'll have fun, work hard and make a difference!

Project Description

The main focus of work will be on restoring a section of trail that have been heavily damaged by a recent slides. The slide is several feet deep and is a mixture of trees and rock that will take a lot of cutting and prying to remove.

We know there is good trail underneath it all, we just need to uncover it. We'll also try and push upriver with more logout that we know will be needed.

Camping and Hiking Information

  • Type: Backcountry basecamp
  • Location: Five Mile camp
  • Weather: Be prepared for variable conditions including heat, cold, wind and rain
  • Initial hike to camp: 5 miles with 1700 feet of gain at a moderate pace while carrying your backpack fully loaded with all provisions including camping gear and food, plus WTA-provided tools
  • Expected daily hike to project: 1 miles roundtrip with up to 200 feet of gain at a moderate pace for the slide. Logout could be up to 4 miles and 500 feet of gain upriver from 5 mile camp


  • Day 1: Meet the crew rain or shine, then hike in, begin work on the project and set up camp
  • Day 2+: Make breakfast and pack a lunch before heading out on trail with the crew by 8:00 AM. Work at your own pace, take plenty of breaks and enjoy lunch on the trail. Arrive back in camp by 4:00 or 5:00 PM for a relaxing evening. Prepare your own dinner and swap stories with the crew.
  • Final Day: Break down camp, finish trail project, hike out and say goodbye to the crew at the trailhead

For safety reasons, arriving late or leaving early is not allowed.

Planning Information

Get ready for a challenging backcountry adventure!

What it Takes to Do This Work Party

  • A great attitude for working with a team! WTA provides the training and tools you need for the project
  • Backpacking gear and food for multiple nights on the trail
  • Good physical condition to hike with a fully-loaded backpack and be physically active for about 8-9 hours daily on uneven terrain 
  • Backpacking experience including ability to run your own camp following Leave No Trace principles
  • Day work party experience recommended
  • Flexibility to adapt to changes due to unpredictable weather or land manager requests
  • Minimum age: 18

What to Bring

  • Boots
  • Long pants 
  • Work gloves
  • Long-sleeved shirt recommended
  • Eye protection recommended (glasses, sunglasses or safety glasses)

Backpacking gear

  • Backpack to carry all of your gear
  • Tent, sleeping bag and sleeping pad
  • Cooking gear and enough food (plus a little extra) for the entire trip
  • At least two 1-liter water bottles and a way to purify your water
  • Rain jacket and rain pants
  • Extra warm clothing
  • Camp clothing such as shorts, shirt and sandals
  • Sun and bug protection
  • Headlamp and extra batteries
  • Personal items such as medication, hand sanitizer and toiletries
  • ​First aid kit
  • A sense of fun and adventure for learning new skills and meeting great people!

Trail work gear

  • Boots
  • Long pants 
  • Work gloves
  • Long-sleeved shirt recommended
  • Eye protection recommended such as safety glasses
  • WTA hard hat (provided, unless you have one)

For safety reasons, shorts and sneakers are not allowed while working. Firearms and weapons are not allowed.

More Information

From the Hiking Guide

See what WTA's hiking guide and trip reports say about this area.



Leave Highway 101 0.2 miles north of the Duckabush River bridge on the Duckabush River Road which at 3.7 miles turns into Forest Road 2510. At 6 miles from 101 there is a sign for a horse parking area on the right.  Go just past this parking area and bear right and uphill onto Forest Road 2510 (060) (not well signed) and find the trailhead in 0.1 mile. The turn from Highway 101 is about 22 miles north of Hoodsport and 16 miles south of Quilcene.

Note: Please follow the written directions above instead of using a GPS device. This will ensure that you get to the correct meeting location for this work party. The location of the pinpoint below is only approximate.

Getting to WTA work parties can involve travel on rough, unpaved roads in areas without cellular service and without street addresses that can be accurately used by navigation devices. Unless specifically noted otherwise, routes can generally be traveled by all types of vehicles. Volunteers with limited experience driving on unpaved mountain roads may want to allow extra time, beyond what is recommended in the directions above, to get to the meeting location.

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