Conditioning Hiking Series   - Seattle - 2015

Day Hiking Course

Conditioning Hiking Series

Conditioning Hiking Series - Seattle

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Overview: Are you a seasoned hiker who is interested in challenging yourself to go on day hikes of 15+ miles? Have you seen trip entries describing long-distance day hikes and wondered how you could get into shape to participate in those types of hikes? Well, wonder no more! The Seattle Hiking Committee offers the Conditioning Hiking Series (CHS) starting in March of each year. This course is designed to prepare seasoned hikers currently experienced at the upper easy/moderate level for the challenges of strenuous, long-distance day hiking. It is also designed to provide a group trip environment in which hikers can build friendships by hiking with some of the same people on each trip. All hikes are limited to participants in the course.

Audience: People who enjoy the most success with the course are those who have hiked before and already are in fairly good shape (easily able to do hikes rated as Easy and Moderate), and would like to progress to longer and harder hikes as a challenge. Participants are encouraged to build physical fitness and spend time outside of the course keeping themselves in shape. You should be available and committed to go on eleven hikes over the course of the summer. You should also enjoy group hiking and socializing with your fellow participants.

What to Expect: The 2015 CHS course consists of a mandatory daytime class on Saturday, Mar. 21 at the Cedar River Watershed Education Center at Rattlesnake Lake (near North Bend), hike offerings several times per month from April through August, and a graduation hike in September. The class session is designed to teach information needed for longer hike preparation, and to go over course guidelines and expectations. The hikes are composed of progressively more difficult and longer day hikes, culminating in a graduation hike in September.

Prior to your first hike, you will choose a track of fast- or moderate-paced hikes, subject to class size and input from the hike leaders. If you are uncertain which level suits you best, pacing hikes will be offered following the class session on Mar. 21. A tentative hike schedule will be posted to the course website, but past destinations have included season-appropriate hikes in the North Cascades, the Mt. St. Helens area, Eastern Washington, the Olympics, and everywhere in between! 

Graduation certificates will be given to those who complete the classroom session, ten CHS day hikes (two per month, April-August), and one CHS graduation hike in September. One day of trail work will also be required of each participant.    

Enrollment Process: You must be a member of The Mountaineers to register for the course. Registration for the 2015 CHS course is from Feb. 11 through Mar. 2. The course fee is $115.00. As with all club hikes, participants are expected to pay the carpooling per mile allotment set by the club guidelines if they are riding as a passenger. 

Online or telephone registration is available. Mail-in registration forms will not be accepted — no exceptions! Enrollment will be limited to 88 participants. There is no advantage to signing up at the beginning of the registration period. If the number of signups exceeds 88, we may use a lottery to cut the roster to 88 participants. Those not selected will be notified by e-mail and will receive a full refund of the course fee and priority signup for the course in 2016.

Course Requirements
Course Activity Date Availability Leader
CHS Campout - Tent Site (optional)
Ohanapecosh Campground
Sat, Jul 24, 2021
Registration closed Jul 22
7 participants
$7.50
Ohanapecosh Campground
Sun, Jul 25, 2021
Registration closed Jul 23
0 participants
$7.50
CHS 2 Hike (optional)
Indian Henry's Hunting Ground
Sat, Jul 24, 2021
Registration closed Jul 22
8 participants
Walupt Lake-Pacific Crest Trail-Nannie Ridge Loop
Sat, Jul 24, 2021
Registration closed Jul 22
5 participants
Indian Bar-Cowlitz Divide
Sun, Jul 25, 2021
Registration closed Jul 23
2 participants
Summerland & Panhandle Gap
Sun, Jul 25, 2021
Registration closed Jul 23
1 participant
Kendall Katwalk
Thu, Jul 29, 2021
Registration closes Jul 27
3 participants
Sourdough Mountain
Thu, Jul 29, 2021
Registration closes Jul 28
4 participants
West Fork Foss Lakes
Sat, Jul 31, 2021
Registration closes Jul 29
4 participants
Third Burroughs Mountain
Sat, Jul 31, 2021
Registration closes Jul 29
4 participants
Scott Paul Trail & Park Butte
Thu, Aug 5, 2021
Registration closes Aug 3
3 participants
Mount Teneriffe
Fri, Aug 6, 2021
Registration closes Aug 4
6 participants
Ridge & Gravel Lakes
Sat, Aug 7, 2021
Registration closes Aug 5
3 participants
Excelsior Peak & Damfino Lakes
Fri, Aug 13, 2021
Registration closes Aug 11
4 participants
Necklace Valley
Sat, Aug 14, 2021
Registration closes Aug 12
4 participants
Crystal Mountain Backcountry
Sat, Aug 14, 2021
Registration closes Aug 12
6 participants
Surprise Mountain
Sat, Aug 14, 2021
Registration closes Aug 12
2 participants
Snowgrass Flat & Goat Lake
Sun, Aug 15, 2021
Registration closes Aug 12
9 participants
Thunder Creek–Fourth of July Pass
Sat, Aug 21, 2021
Registration closes Aug 19
2 participants
Sourdough Mountain
Sat, Aug 21, 2021
Registration closes Aug 19
6 participants
Marmot & Jade Lakes
Sat, Aug 21, 2021
Registration closes Aug 5
3 participants
Cutthroat Lake & Pass
Sun, Aug 22, 2021
Registration closes Aug 19
1 participant on waitlist
Pacific Crest Trail: Snoqualmie Pass to Windy Pass
Thu, Aug 26, 2021
Registration closes Aug 24
1 participant
Phelps Creek to Spider Gap
Sat, Aug 28, 2021
Registration closes Aug 26
8 participants
Marmot Pass & Buckhorn Mountain
Sat, Aug 28, 2021
Registration closes Aug 26
1 participant
Enchantments Traverse
Sat, Sep 4, 2021
Registration opens Aug 25
7 participants
Gladys Divide
Sun, Sep 5, 2021
Registration opens Aug 25
7 participants
Grand Ridge (Olympics)
Sat, Sep 11, 2021
Registration opens Aug 25
6 participants
Seven Lakes Basin & High Divide
Sat, Sep 18, 2021
Registration opens Aug 25
7 participants
Snowgrass Flat, Goat Lake & Hawkeye Point
Sat, Sep 25, 2021
Registration opens Aug 25
7 participants
CHS 1 Hike (optional)
Naches Peak Loop
Sat, Jul 24, 2021
Registration closed Jul 22
1 participant
Summerland & Panhandle Gap
Sat, Jul 24, 2021
Registration closed Jul 22
2 participants
Third Burroughs Mountain
Sun, Jul 25, 2021
Registration closed Jul 23
4 participants
Naches Peak Loop
Wed, Jul 28, 2021
Registration closes Jul 26
1 participant
Hidden Lake Lookout
Thu, Jul 29, 2021
Registration closes Jul 27
0 participants
Josephine Lake
Sat, Jul 31, 2021
Registration closes Jul 29
2 participants on waitlist
Kendall Katwalk
Mon, Aug 2, 2021
Registration closes Jul 31
3 participants
Mailbox Peak
Tue, Aug 3, 2021
Registration closes Aug 1
6 participants
Scott Paul-Park Butte Loop
Wed, Aug 4, 2021
Registration closes Aug 2
1 participant
Panhandle Gap
Fri, Aug 6, 2021
Registration closes Aug 4
1 participant
Navaho Pass
Sat, Aug 7, 2021
Registration closes Aug 5
6 participants
Shoe Lake
Sun, Aug 8, 2021
Registration closes Aug 6
4 participants
Thompson Lake
Mon, Aug 9, 2021
Registration closes Aug 7
3 participants
Summerland & Panhandle Gap
Wed, Aug 11, 2021
Registration closes Aug 9
1 participant
Kendall Katwalk
Fri, Aug 13, 2021
Registration closes Aug 11
1 participant
Coldwater Peak
Sat, Aug 14, 2021
Registration closes Aug 12
8 participants
Excelsior Peak
Sun, Aug 15, 2021
Registration closes Aug 13
4 participants
0 instructors
Little Giant Pass
Tue, Aug 17, 2021
Registration closes Aug 16
4 participants
Cascade Pass & Sahale Arm
Fri, Aug 20, 2021
Registration closes Aug 18
1 participant on waitlist
Rainy Pass to Cutthroat Pass
Sat, Aug 21, 2021
Registration closes Aug 19
0 participants
Stilleto Peak Lookout
Sat, Aug 21, 2021
Registration closes Aug 19
7 participants
Glacier Basin
Fri, Aug 27, 2021
Registration closes Aug 25
3 participants
Tubal Cain Mine, Buckhorn Lake & Marmot Pass
Sat, Aug 28, 2021
Registration closes Aug 26
9 participants
Maple Pass Loop
Sat, Sep 4, 2021
Registration opens Aug 25
6 participants
North Fork Skokomish River & Flapjack Lakes
Mon, Sep 6, 2021
Registration opens Aug 25
10 participants
Ptarmigan Ridge
Fri, Sep 10, 2021
Registration opens Aug 25
6 participants
Surprise Lake & Mountain
Sat, Sep 11, 2021
Registration opens Aug 25
7 participants
Mount Teneriffe-Mount Si Traverse
Mon, Sep 13, 2021
Registration closes Sep 11
6 participants
Indian Bar-Cowlitz Divide
Sat, Sep 18, 2021
Registration opens Aug 25
6 participants
CHS - North Cascades Campout (optional)
Colonial Creek Campground
Thu, Aug 19, 2021
Registration closes Aug 17
8 participants
$7.50
Colonial Creek Campground
Fri, Aug 20, 2021
Registration closes Aug 18
19 participants
$7.50
Colonial Creek Campground
Sat, Aug 21, 2021
Registration closes Aug 19
19 participants
$7.50
Colonial Creek Campground
Sun, Aug 22, 2021
Registration closes Aug 20
3 participants
$7.50
CHS - Just for Fun (optional)
Maple Pass Loop
Sun, Aug 22, 2021
Registration closes Aug 19
10 participants
Alderbook Nature Trails
Sun, Oct 31, 2021
Registration opens Oct 18; Instructor registration open now
4 participants
7 instructors
Tiger Mountain Trail
Sun, Nov 28, 2021
Registration opens Nov 15; Instructor registration open now
8 participants
2 instructors
Roster
Required Equipment

You should own and be familiar with the Ten Essential Systems, and have sturdy, broken-in hiking boots and appropriate hiking attire (no cotton!). Trekking poles and traction devices (YakTrax, Micro Spikes, Stablicers, etc.) are recommended but not required. 

Course Materials

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