Advanced CHS 2 Hike

Field trip: Advanced Conditioning Hiking Series

Advanced CHS 2 Hike - Emerald Ridge Loop

Advanced CHS hike led at a CHS 2 pace (2.0-3.0 mph)

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  • Strenuous
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 13.3 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,200 ft

Starbucks near Southcenter Mall: Southcenter Plaza, 333 Strander Blvd, Tukwila, WA 98188 at 8am.

This is a wonderful hike, following up the Westside road and then heading up around what I consider to be the most beautiful place in Mount Rainier.  We will come out through the South Puyallup Camp with its magnificent basalt rock formations.  The trail is quite steep at times with drop-offs so if you are uncomfortable on that sort of trail, be warned.


Emerald Ridge, Klapatche Park & Gobblers Knob

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Ten Essential Systems

  1. Navigation (map & compass)
  2. Sun protection (sunglasses & sunscreen)
  3. Insulation (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)
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