Conditioning Hike

Field trip: Alpine Scrambling Course

Conditioning Hike - West Tiger Mountain No. 1

Scramble conditioning hike

  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 7.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,700 ft

8:00 am at the junction of 270th Ave. SE and SE 79th Street.  If you take Exit 20 from I-90, turn right at the end of the off-ramp, and the first intersection is where we will meet.  You will see a gate across SE 79th to the east of the junction (that is where the hike will begin), but there isn't a lot of room to park there, so turn right (west) on 79th and park there.

This trip is one of a series of hikes for scramble course students to work on their conditioning, explore the foothills peaks and become better acquainted with the other students and scramble community members. These conditioners are also a great way to test out your gear in the field.

This trip is not a scramble and does not count toward graduation. Each student must do one conditioning trip that is listed with the course, and we strongly encourage you to sign up for hikes and other conditioning activities with the Mountaineers.

This trip will be a loop that includes West Tiger No. 2 as well as West Tiger No. 1.  



West Tiger Mountain No. 1

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

This is not a scramble, so helmets, ice axes and harnesses are not required however for conditioning you should carry all the gear you will be taking on a scramble trip. This includes helmet, ice axe and hasty harness.

Everything else you would bring on a regular scramble course is required including the 10 essentials, rain gear and extra clothes.

This is a great time to test our the boots you are planning to use during the scramble course for fit and comfort. If you do not have those boots yet sturdy hiking boots will suffice for now.

If the trails are icy, it may be advisable to bring traction devices such as microspikes.

As part of the 10 essentials, you will need a printed map.  For this trip, since we will be staying on trails, a Green Trails map is adequate; when you go on actual scrambles, you will need a map with more detail, usually a USGS map or equivalent.  You might want to try printing a map from a free online source such as .

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