Conditioning Hiking Series   - Seattle - 2015

Day Hiking Course

Conditioning Hiking Series

Conditioning Hiking Series - Seattle

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 2 Hike (optional)
Mount Washington (Snoqualmie)
Sat, Mar 19, 2016
Registration closed Mar 17
9 participants
Rattlesnake Dance Ridge Trail
Sat, Mar 19, 2016
Registration closed Mar 17
1 participant
Wallace Lake
Sun, Apr 10, 2016
Registration closed Apr 7
0 participants
Around South Tiger Mountain
Sun, Apr 17, 2016
Registration closed Apr 14
0 participants
Surprise & Glacier Lakes
Sat, Jun 18, 2016
Registration closed Jun 15
4 participants
Iron Peak
Sat, Jul 2, 2016
Registration closed Jun 29
3 participants
Cascade Pass & Sahale Arm
Sat, Jul 9, 2016
Registration closed Jul 6
3 participants
Snow Lakes (Enchantments)
Sun, Jul 10, 2016
Registration closed Jul 7
2 participants
Wonderland Trail
Sat, Jul 23, 2016
Registration closed Jul 20
2 participants on waitlist
Mount Aix
Sun, Jul 24, 2016
Registration closed Jul 21
8 participants
Spider Gap, Lyman Lakes & Buck Creek Pass Loop
Sun, Aug 14, 2016
Registration closed Aug 11
6 participants
Sourdough Mountain
Sun, Aug 21, 2016
Registration closed Aug 18
2 participants
Ragged Ridge
Sat, Jun 24, 2017
Registration closed Jun 21
3 participants
Mount Si Old Trail
Sat, Jul 1, 2017
Registration closed Jun 28
5 participants
Wonderland Trail: Carbon River to Mystic Lake
Sat, Sep 30, 2017
Registration closed Sep 28
3 participants
Lake Serene
Sat, May 25, 2019
Registration closed May 23
3 participants on waitlist
Colchuck Lake
Sun, Jun 2, 2019
Registration closed May 31
4 participants
Pratt Lake Trail
Sat, Jun 22, 2019
Registration closed Jun 20
0 participants
Indian Henry's Hunting Ground
Sat, Aug 17, 2019
Registration closed Aug 15
1 participant
Around Mother Mountain
Sun, Sep 22, 2019
Registration closed Sep 20
11 participants
Mount Teneriffe
Fri, Aug 6, 2021
Registration closed Aug 4
8 participants
CHS 1 Hike (optional)
Green Lake (Mount Rainier)
Sat, Apr 2, 2016
Registration closed Mar 31
3 participants
Squak Mountain: Bullitt Fireplace Access
Sun, Apr 10, 2016
Registration closed Apr 7
0 participants
Annette Lake
Sat, May 14, 2016
Registration closed May 12
1 participant
Icicle Ridge
Sat, May 28, 2016
Registration closed May 26
2 participants
Larch Mountain
Sat, May 28, 2016
Registration closed May 26
4 participants
Ira Spring Trail
Sun, Jun 19, 2016
Registration closed Jun 16
2 participants
Panhandle Gap
Sat, Jul 30, 2016
Registration closed Jul 27
5 participants
Maple Pass Loop
Sat, Aug 20, 2016
Registration closed Aug 18
8 participants
Mount Teneriffe
Sun, Aug 28, 2016
Registration closed Aug 25
6 participants
Summerland & Panhandle Gap
Sat, Aug 26, 2017
Registration closed Aug 24
2 participants
Lake Serene
Sun, Jun 26, 2022
Registration closed Jun 24
4 participants
CHS - Just for Fun (optional)
Luther Burbank Park
Sat, Jun 4, 2016
Registration closed Jun 2
122 participants
0 instructors
$5.00
Iron Goat Trail
Sun, Nov 5, 2017
Registration closed Nov 2
4 participants
0 instructors
Iron Goat Loop
Sun, Oct 28, 2018
Registration closed Oct 26
2 participants on waitlist
CHS Mixer (optional)
Seattle Program Center
Mon, Mar 12, 2018
Registration closed Mar 10
27 participants
CHS - Mt. Rainier Campout (optional)
Ohanapecosh Campground
Wed, Jul 24, 2019
Registration closed Jul 22
10 participants
$10.00
Ohanapecosh Campground
Thu, Jul 25, 2019
Registration closed Jul 23
14 participants
0 instructors
$10.00
Ohanapecosh Campground
Fri, Jul 26, 2019
Registration closed Jul 24
4 participants
1 instructor
$12.50
Ohanapecosh Campground
Sat, Jul 27, 2019
Registration closed Jul 25
1 participant on waitlist
0 instructors
$12.50
CHS Campout - Tent Site (optional)
Lower Goodell Group Campground
Thu, Aug 22, 2019
Registration closed Aug 20
35 participants
7 instructors
$15.00
Lower Goodell Group Campground
Fri, Aug 23, 2019
Registration closed Aug 21
4 participants
0 instructors
$17.50
Lower Goodell Group Campground
Sat, Aug 24, 2019
Registration closed Aug 22
6 participants
0 instructors
$17.50
Lower Goodell Group Campground
Sun, Aug 25, 2019
Registration closed Aug 23
37 participants
5 instructors
$15.00
CHS - North Cascades Campout (optional)
Thornton Lakes & Trappers Peak
Sun, Aug 25, 2019
Registration closed Aug 23
3 participants
CHS Orientation
Seattle Program Center
Sat, Mar 14, 2020
Registration closed Mar 12
17 participants
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

You must register for this course to see course materials.