Winter Hiking: It's The Bomb

Olympia hike leaders are getting outdoors this winter with hikes that are designed to blast away the winter blues. Join them!
Dee Ann Kline Parkinson Dee Ann Kline Parkinson
Olympia Branch Super Volunteer
January 23, 2023
Winter Hiking: It's The Bomb
Photo by Nick Parkinson.

Olympia Hiking and Backpacking Committee Co-Chairs Carla Jonientz and Donna Krueger listened to Olympia hikers when they expressed interest in getting out, staying in shape, exercising, and socializing during the winter/early spring months.

Taking into account shorter days and the potential for driving in the dark with rain or snow showers, they focused on lowland hikes, and hikes that are closer to home.

Donna and Carla also wanted to encourage Olympia hike leaders to get active again as they continue to come out of Covid isolation practices.  They personally contacted leaders and asked them to consider scheduling a hike or hikes on trails close to Olympia. The response was impressive with over 25 hikes listed between January and April.

These hikes are open to anyone in The Mountaineers and include hikes in city parks, state parks, nature trails, preserves, and refuges. There are family hikes, mid-week hikes, bird-watching hikes, and hikes designed for newer hikers where the leader will take time during the day to discuss gear, safety, tips and tricks, and to answer questions.  Leaders have also listed  a few hikes that are longer, with higher elevation, and where micro spikes are needed.


Carla recommends preparing for these winter hikes as you would any other hike, with a focus on very good rain gear and possibly microspikes.  Hand warmers are a great addition to hiking gear as is a small thermos of something hot. 

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Carla, Donna, and Dixie Havlak (Family Hiking) have also scheduled several meetings and courses for hike leaders and new hikers.