Mount Walker


Day Hike - Mount Walker

Mt-WALKER Double 1st time up with full pack 35+++++ then the second with 20ish pounds….. (Estimated time: 4-5 hours) (to first Vista & back) 8-miler 4,000 ft elevation gain.

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  • Moderate
  • For Beginners (Getting Started Series)
  • Mileage: 8.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 4,000 ft

0700 at Mt. Walker trail head    The gate should be open by now so you can drive up the road to the main parking area.

This conditioner hike  is an awesome way to stay close to home to get maximum miles and elevation with folks from all branches. Not only is it a conditioner hike, but it is a way to build solid community among us, and a bonus with the encouragement from each other and satisfaction of completion. Walker is a solid 2-mile up to the first vista with 2,000 foot elevation gain. When we start doing the repeats this becomes a mental game where you are challenged not to be tempted to just head to the car and head home. The pack changes the whole dynamic and increases the conditioning to simulate climbs such as Mt. Baker, Mt. Rainier and others. Granted we will not have elevation or continuous elevation miles but it is a great way to test our hydration, nutrition, endurance, gear, and conditioning, this is huge to have established before a major hike to avoid altitude sickness, dehydration, gear malfunctions, and/or lack of nutrition…


Mount Walker

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  1. Navigation
  2. Sun protection
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination
  5. First aid supplies
  6. Fire
  7. Repair kit and tools, including knife
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter
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