CHS 2 Hike

Field trip: Conditioning Hiking Series

CHS 2 Hike - Surprise & Glacier Lakes

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

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  • Strenuous
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 12.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,800 ft
  • Pace: 2.0-3.0 mph

08:00 AM at the TH.   Travel east on Highway 2 to mile marker 58.  In about 7/10 of a mile turn right (south) onto an unmarked road for the BNSF Railway.  Cross over the train tracks and go right (west) to the TH.  No facilities.  Self-issue permits at TH.  NWF Pass required.

High usage trail.  Lunch at the lakes, bring swim gear.   Prepare for hot/humid/buggy hike.  Optional outdoor post-hike meal 10 miles west on Hwy2, in Skykomish.

COVID-19 and LNT principles.


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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