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Where can I find information about hike destinations?A tentative hike schedule for the course will be provided at the first evening class, but past destinations have included season-appropriate hikes in the North Cascades, the Mt. St. Helens area, Eastern Washington, the Olympics, and everywhere in between!
Hike information is listed in the CHS Hike Schedules by date and hike leader. As there are two groups (CHS1 and CHS2), there are two schedules. These documents are posted on the CHS Web Site and will be kept updated as information changes. Please be sure you always are looking at the schedule appropriate for your group.
Basic hike information is listed on this document, along with any pertinent information such as whether over-the-ankle boots are required, or if some scrambling (off-trail travel) is required. You can get information about the hikes from guidebooks or from the hike leaders. All hikes will be on trails and may be on rough boot paths part of the way, or may involve a few creek crossings. Any challenging conditions beyond that will be explicitly mentioned beforehand.
You can also research hike destinations you are unfamiliar with using the Washington Trails Association web site.
How far will we have to drive to get to trailheads? Will we have to get up really early?
This is totally up to the hike leader. They choose their hike destinations using the parameters for the month given on the Hike Schedule. Some trailheads may be a two or three hour drive one-way. Although these arrangements may sound intimidating, the hikes will be worth it. You’ll be going to some beautiful, remote places and travel is part of the deal for these.
As the hikes get longer and the weather gets warmer, meeting times for hikes will become earlier. It is not unusual to meet at 5:00 AM or 6:00 AM some mornings in order to get to the trailhead before it starts getting hot. It's much easier to get in mileage and gain in the cool of the morning.
Is it possible that the planned destinations could change?Leaders may change the destination at their own discretion.
In any given year we may have to deal with snow in the high country later into the hiking season. This may affect some of the planned hiking destinations. Going into snow isn’t necessarily a deal-breaker on the hike, but we do try to minimize the amount of snow encountered. This is hiking after all, not snow scrambling, and not everyone is comfortable traveling on snow.
This also means that we may encounter challenges getting in enough elevation gain in the first few months. Rather than marching you up and down Mt. Si or Tiger Mountain for three months, we will probably make up for elevation by taking on more mileage. This makes it even more important that you keep up your conditioning outside of the course.
Please contact Steve Payne or Kelly Cleman with any questions about hike destinations.