Introduction to Hiking in the Pacific Northwest - Foothills - 2016

Day Hiking Course

Introduction to Hiking in the Pacific Northwest

GET A GOOD START ON A LIFETIME OF SAFE, SUCCESSFUL DAYS ON OUR AMAZING PNW TRAILS! Evening seminars to help you find hikes, choose gear and hike safely, combined with info on how to find appropriate hikes to give you practice on the trail.

FREE COURSE, designed for brand new hikers, and for people who have hiked before but want an introduction to safe hiking in our major Pacific Northwest hiking areas.  Registration for this course will allow you to sign up to attend one of a series of informative evening seminars and also to get on an email distribution list for advance notice of some special hikes designed to give you hands-on practice with key skills to help you be a safe and successful hiker.  

The course will consist of:

* A series of open free evening seminars covering major hiking regions and trails, common trail hazards, good preparation, gear and clothing, Leave-No-Trace practices for protecting our trails and wild places, and trail etiquette as well as useful information on permits and other useful resources.  

  ** The next scheduled seminar will be 6:30PM on Thursday evening September 8, at the Mercer Island library.  For more info and to register, go to

The course is open to Mountaineers members from any branch as well as people from our communities who aren't yet members.   To register for the course on the website, you will need to join the Mountaineers as a guest.  You can do two activities for free as a guest, then would need to join the club to do more or to take advantage of our wide range of member benefits.   Or just come to one of the seminars and check it out, no strings attached!

Course Requirements

This course has no scheduled activities.

Required Equipment

The 10 Essentials:

  1.  Navigation (map & compass)
  2. Sun protection (sunglasses & sunscreen)
  3. Insulation and Rain Protection (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination (headlamp/flashlight)
  5. First-aid supplies
  6. Fire (waterproof matches/lighter/candle)
  7. Repair kit and tools
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter (tent/plastic tube tent/garbage bag)
Course Materials

You must register for this course to see course materials.