Day Hiking Course

GoHike: Beginner Hiking Series

Is 2021 your year to start hiking? Do you want to experience the beauty of our Pacific Northwest trails, but don’t know where to begin? In the GoHike: Beginning Hiking Series, we start with basics: Preparation, safety, general fitness tips and knowledge to make hitting the trial less daunting, with a main goal in mind: Getting outdoors with others who are starting out, or who just want to hike at a comfortable, social pace, and making this journey together.

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Hiking is both calming and energizing. It’s a way to connect with nature, and build community with new people.  We'd love to help you make 2021 your year to start a lifetime of hiking, in one of the loveliest places in the world to do it!    

Are you holding back because of fear of not having the ‘right’ gear, of being unprepared or unsafe, of being out of shape, of being too slow, of just not fitting in?

 In the GoHike: Beginning Hiking Series, we start with basics:  Preparation, safety, general fitness tips and knowledge to make hitting the trial less daunting, with a main goal in mind:   Getting outdoors with others who are starting out, at a comfortable, social pace, making this journey together.

We will introduce you to the essentials of hiking, help you set personalized goals month by month during the course, and most of all, connect you with a community of fellow hikers.   All backgrounds, shapes and sizes will find a welcoming home with us!  So, whether you’re brand new to the trail or have been away for a while, this course will meet you where you are, help you find your trail to success, and have fun doing it!

Who is GoHike For?  

People who want to get out on a hike and would like a community and support to make it happen, starting from where they are!

  • Beginner hikers – or people who haven’t been out for a long time – and looking for an easy gradual start
  • People who are already comfortable hiking but want to find a community of people who are looking for easier more social hikes
  • Anyone who wants to hike in a social, mutually supportive atmosphere
  • We welcome participants from all backgrounds!

Course Schedule:

  • Student Orientation – March
  • Pacing hikes (to help us determine where you are and what level of hikes and pace we need to offer) – March
  • Must complete “Low Impact Recreation” training before mid April
  • Complete 5 or more course hikes – mid-April to mid-September
  • Check-ins: Monthly
  • Graduation: September

Monthly Hike Schedule:  - mid April to mid Sept 

  • Month 1     2-4 miles     up to 500 feet elevation gain
  • Month 2     2-5 miles     up to 750 feet elevation gain
  • Month 3     3-6 miles     up to 1,000 feet elevation gain
  • Month 4     3-7 miles     up to 1,500 feet elevation gain
  • Month 5     4-8 miles     up to 2,000 feet of elevation gain
  • We'll provide some specific examples of hikes in each category with pictures to build your excitement for what you'll be doing and aiming toward!
  • We will offer a progression of hikes with small increases in mileage and gain by month but we'll also continue to make easier hikes available through the summer  for people who may not feel ready or interested to move up.
  • We'll organize monthly check-ins where we'll help you overcome any roadblocks and assess the level that you will want to try the next month.  (Don't worry, no pressure or 'cold calls' - just know that we're out there and available to help you set and meet your goals!)

Course Requirements:

  • Attendance at the GoHike orientation on March 5 (please register below)
  • Completion of Low Impact Recreation video series
  • Completion of 5 of the community hikes between mid April and mid September
  • “Extra Credit” :  Try a Mountaineers "open" hike, or plan and complete a personal or family hike

 Participant commitment and expectations:   

  • Ability to complete a 2-mile fairly flat pacing hike in under 1.5 hours including rest stops at the time you sign up for the series
  • Commitment to make the time to go on at least 1 course hike each month between mid April and mid September.
    • Early hikes in the series could involve a half day or long summer evening including driving to the trail, but after April the hikes are likely to require being able to get away on a weekend day for 6 to 8 hours including travel time.
  • Commitment to build your stamina over the course of the spring and summer to walk a little further and a little higher to get to more and more amazing places
    • This means going on walks near your home in between course hikes to continue to build your stamina over time
  • Willing to complete the Mountaineers ‘Low Impact Recreation’ video course during the first month of the series so that you will start out as a great ‘trail citizen’!
  • Commitment to borrow or buy the minimum gear for your safety in advance of going on the offered hikes.  It doesn’t have to be expensive or fancy gear, and we’ll help you figure out what you need and find the best deals!  
    • We will introduce gear recommendations at each level appropriate to the needs of the season and where the hikes will go.
Course Requirements
Course Activity Date Availability Leader
GoHike Hiking Trip - 2-4 miles, <500 feet gain (optional)
Redmond Watershed Preserve
Fri, Apr 23, 2021
Registration closed Apr 21
1 participant
1 instructor
Paradise Valley Conservation Area
Thu, Apr 29, 2021
Registration closed Apr 20
3 participants
Tiger Mountain Lowlands
Wed, May 12, 2021
Registration closes May 10
7 participants
Cougar Mountain: Sky Country Trailhead
Mon, May 17, 2021
Registration closes May 15
4 participants
Ebeys Landing
Sun, May 23, 2021
Registration closes May 21
2 participants
Paradise Valley Conservation Area
Wed, Jun 16, 2021
Registration opens May 21
8 participants
Palisades Lakes
Tue, Jul 27, 2021
Registration opens Jun 18
7 participants
Sheep Lake (Chinook Pass)
Thu, Aug 5, 2021
Registration opens Jul 23
7 participants
GoHike Hiking Trip - 2-5 miles, up to 750 feet gain (optional)
Des Moines Creek Park & Trail
Sat, Apr 24, 2021
Registration closed Apr 22
0 participants
Lake Wilderness Park
Sat, Apr 24, 2021
Registration closed Apr 17
0 participants
Coal Creek Natural Area
Sun, Apr 25, 2021
Registration closes Apr 23
0 participants
Cougar Mountain: Red Town Trailhead
Sat, May 1, 2021
Registration closes Apr 29
1 participant
Taylor Mountain
Sun, May 2, 2021
Registration closes Apr 26
1 participant
Saint Edward State Park
Sun, May 9, 2021
Registration closes May 7
3 participants
Flaming Geyser State Park
Sat, May 15, 2021
Registration closes May 6
1 participant
Wildside Trail—De Leo Wall
Wed, May 19, 2021
Registration closes May 17
5 participants
Tiger Mountain Lowlands
Wed, May 26, 2021
Registration closes May 24
7 participants
Deception Pass State Park
Wed, May 26, 2021
Registration closes May 20
3 participants
Anti-Aircraft Peak
Sat, Jun 5, 2021
Registration opens May 21
7 participants
Northwest Timber Trail
Sun, Jun 6, 2021
Registration opens May 21
7 participants
Tiger Mountain Lowlands
Tue, Jul 13, 2021
Registration opens Jun 18
8 participants
Naches Peak Loop
Sat, Jul 31, 2021
Registration opens Jun 18; Instructor registration open now
6 participants
0 instructors
Northwest Timber Trail
Tue, Aug 3, 2021
Registration opens Jul 23
8 participants
Tiger Mountain Lowlands
Thu, Aug 12, 2021
Registration opens Jul 23
8 participants
Spray Park
Thu, Sep 2, 2021
Registration opens Jul 23
7 participants
GoHike Hiking Trip - 3-6 miles, <1,000 feet gain (optional)
Heybrook Lookout & Ridge
Fri, Apr 30, 2021
Registration closes Apr 28
0 participants
Mount Erie, Sugerloaf, Heart Lake & Whistle Lake
Sat, May 1, 2021
Registration closes Apr 25
2 participants
0 instructors
Cougar Mountain Loop
Tue, May 4, 2021
Registration closes Apr 27
6 participants
Ebeys Landing
Sun, May 16, 2021
Registration closes May 10
5 participants
Wallace Falls
Sat, May 22, 2021
Registration closes May 20
1 participant on waitlist
Bridal Veil Falls
Sun, Jun 13, 2021
Registration opens May 21
7 participants
Coal Mines Trail
Sat, Aug 14, 2021
Registration opens Jul 23; Instructor registration open now
7 participants
1 instructor
GoHike Hiking Trip - 3-7 miles, <1,500 feet (optional)
Cougar Mountain: Terrace Trail Trailhead
Sun, May 16, 2021
Registration closes May 14
4 participants
Little Si
Sat, Jun 12, 2021
Registration opens May 21
7 participants
Kamikaze (Teneriffe) Falls
Sat, Jun 19, 2021
Registration opens May 21; Instructor registration open now
6 participants
1 instructor
Lime Kiln Trail
Sat, Jul 10, 2021
Registration opens Jun 18; Instructor registration open now
6 participants
0 instructors
Kamikaze (Teneriffe) Falls
Sat, Jul 17, 2021
Registration opens Jun 18
7 participants
Dirty Harry's Peak, Balcony & East Balcony
Tue, Jul 20, 2021
Registration opens Jun 18
7 participants
Kamikaze (Teneriffe) Falls
Sat, Aug 14, 2021
Registration opens Jul 23
8 participants
Little Si
Wed, Aug 25, 2021
Registration opens Jul 23
7 participants
Talapus & Olallie Lakes
Tue, Aug 31, 2021
Registration opens Jul 23
7 participants
Oyster Dome
Fri, Sep 10, 2021
Registration opens Aug 20
7 participants
Tiger Mountain Lowlands
Sat, Sep 11, 2021
Registration opens Aug 20
7 participants
Little Si
Sun, Sep 12, 2021
Registration opens Aug 20
8 participants
Kamikaze (Teneriffe) Falls
Sun, Sep 19, 2021
Registration opens Aug 20
8 participants
GoHike Hiking Trip - 4-8 miles, <2,000 feet gain (optional)
Cougar Mountain: Red Town Trailhead
Thu, Jun 3, 2021
Registration closes Jun 1
6 participants
Dirty Harry's Peak, Balcony & East Balcony
Sun, Jul 18, 2021
Registration opens Jun 18
8 participants
Poo Poo Point via Chirico Trail
Wed, Jul 21, 2021
Registration opens Jun 18
8 participants
Poo Poo Point via Chirico Trail
Sun, Jul 25, 2021
Registration opens Jun 18
8 participants
Around South Tiger Mountain
Sun, Aug 15, 2021
Registration opens Jul 23
8 participants
Poo Poo Point via Chirico Trail
Wed, Aug 18, 2021
Registration opens Jul 23
6 participants
Dirty Harry's Peak, Balcony & East Balcony
Sun, Aug 22, 2021
Registration opens Jul 23
7 participants
Snow & Gem Lakes (Snoqualmie)
Thu, Aug 26, 2021
Registration opens Jul 23
7 participants
Poo Poo Point via Chirico Trail
Sat, Aug 28, 2021
Registration opens Jul 23
8 participants
Poo Poo Point via Chirico Trail
Wed, Sep 8, 2021
Registration opens Aug 20
8 participants
Greider Lakes
Sat, Sep 11, 2021
Registration opens Aug 20
7 participants
Annette Lake
Sat, Sep 11, 2021
Registration opens Aug 20
7 participants
Dirty Harry's Peak, Balcony & East Balcony
Sat, Sep 18, 2021
Registration opens Aug 20
8 participants
Roster
Required Equipment

Start from where you are and the gear and clothing you already have or can borrow!  We'll help you identify what else you might need for safety and comfort specific to each particular hike and the conditions when and where you're going, and we'll give you lots of ideas for how to get any needed pieces of gear or clothing without spending a lot of money.

Course Materials

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