CHS 1 Hike

Field trip: Conditioning Hiking Series

CHS 1 Hike - West Fork Foss Lakes

CHS hike led at a CHS 1 pace (1.5-2.0 mph)

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  • Very Strenuous
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 12.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,600 ft

An ALTERNATIVE to the North Cascades Campout. 

Could be cancelled due to smoke and it's August so could be warm(er).  Bring bug net/protection as  needed.  We will start at a lake and lunch at lakes, its the in between!  Bring a bathing suit or jump right in for a lunchtime swim.   I'll bring a filter for extra water and we'll go slow.  This is a favorite hike of mine.

Early start.  Meet 6:00 AM Monroe Park and Ride Bay 1  17433 US-2 Monroe WA.    Travel about 44 miles in about 90 minutes to the TH.   Privy onsite.   Hike before possible heat or smoke.  Switchbacks in sun are crux of route.  Several post-hike meal options along US 2 or in Monroe WA.

Hello Hiker email sent five days before hike.

Follow COVID-19 and LNT Principles.  Prepare to carpool with mask, if needed.  As mentioned at orientation - please don't plan anything else this day.


West Fork Foss Lakes

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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