CHS 1 Hike - Surprise Mountain

Field trip: Conditioning Hiking Series

CHS 1 Hike - Surprise Mountain

CHS1 Graduation Hike! Surprise Mountain is the destination on this strenuous but highly rewarding hike in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. We'll travel through old growth forests leading to two stunning alpine lakes nestled between steep granite slopes before taking the route to the summit and enjoying its grand views.

  • Very Strenuous
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 15.5 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 4,100 ft
  • Pace: 2.0 mph

Houghton Park and Ride: 7024 116th Avenue NE, Kirkland, WA (I-405 & NE 70th Street).

Meet at 06:45, leave by 07:00

NW Forest Pass required.


Surprise Lake & Mountain

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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