CHS 2 Hike

Field trip: Conditioning Hiking Series

CHS 2 Hike - Rainbow & Island Lakes

A moderate, 12 mile hike with 3,000 ft in elevation gain. The hike starts in old forest and passes Talapus, Olallie and Blazer Lakes before opening into alpine forested meadows and the destination pair of beautiful lakes. A great conditioning hike, led at a CHS 2 pace (2.0-3.0 mph).

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  • Moderate/Strenuous
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 12.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,000 ft
  • Pace: 2.0-3.0 mph

Meet in the trailhead parking lot at 7:45 am, ready to start hiking at 8 am.

Details will be emailed to registered participants a few days before the hike. We will be hiking for about 7-7.5 hours including brief stops for views and snacks.

Parking Pass/Entry Fee: Northwest Forest Pass required for parking.


Ira Spring & Putrid Pete's Peak Trails

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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