Conditioning Hiking Series   - Seattle - 2016

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: Although there are no prerequisites for this course, it is NOT for beginning hikers. (Check out our Wilderness Skills course if you're just getting started.) You should be capable of a minimum sustained pace of 1.75 miles per hour (think 75 minutes up Rattlesnake Ledge Trail). 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 2016 CHS course consists of a mandatory daytime class on Saturday, Mar. 19 at the Cedar River Watershed Education Center at Rattlesnake Lake (near North Bend), progressively more difficult and longer day hikes 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. Each participant is also required to do one day of trail maintenance.  

Prior to your first hike, you will choose a track of moderate- or fast-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. 19. 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), one CHS graduation hike in September, and one day of trail maintenance.   

Enrollment Process and Costs: You must be a member of The Mountaineers to register for the course. Registration is open from Monday, Feb. 1 through Monday, Feb. 29. Online or telephone registration is available. Mail-in registration forms will not be accepted. Enrollment will be limited to 88 participants. The course is returning to a first-come, first-served signup procedure — there will be no lottery. Past graduates of the course are welcome to register, but are requested to wait until Monday, Feb. 15. If the number of signups exceeds 88, you will be waitlisted for the course and may receive a slot if someone drops the course prior to our May hikes. Those remaining on the waitlist as of May 1 will receive priority signup for the course in 2017.

The course fee is $125.00. As with all club hikes, participants are expected to contribute toward carpooling costs if they are riding as a passenger. Our optional overnight trips have extra costs associated with them. We frequently stop for an inexpensive meal or snack following our hikes.

Course Requirements
Course Activity Date Availability Leader
CHS 2 Hike (optional)
Poo Poo Point via High School Trail
Fri, May 14, 2021
Registration closes May 12
4 participants
Mount Si Main Trail
Sat, May 15, 2021
Registration closes May 13
5 participants
Yakima Skyline Ridge
Sat, May 15, 2021
Registration closes May 13
5 participants
Lake Serene
Sun, May 16, 2021
Registration closes May 14
0 participants
Green Mountain: Wildcat Trail
Sun, May 16, 2021
Registration closes May 13
1 participant
0 instructors
Ingalls Creek
Fri, May 21, 2021
Registration closes May 19
3 participants
Talus Loop via Teneriffe Trailhead
Sat, May 22, 2021
Registration closes May 20
0 participants
Chuckanut Ridge & Mountain
Sun, May 23, 2021
Registration closes May 21
1 participant
Mount Defiance
Sun, May 23, 2021
Registration closes May 20
3 participants
Colchuck Lake
Wed, May 26, 2021
Registration closes May 24
2 participants
Fourth of July Creek
Sat, May 29, 2021
Registration closes Jun 3
5 participants
North Fork Skokomish River to Big Log Camp
Sun, May 30, 2021
Registration closes May 27
5 participants
Diablo Lake
Mon, May 31, 2021
Registration closes May 29
5 participants on waitlist
Melakwa Lake
Mon, May 31, 2021
Registration closes May 21
0 participants
Granite Lakes via Granite Creek
Sat, Jun 5, 2021
Registration opens May 26
6 participants
Kachess Ridge
Sun, Jun 6, 2021
Registration opens May 26
5 participants
Mount Si Old Trail
Fri, Jun 11, 2021
Registration opens May 26
6 participants
Greenwater & Lost Lakes
Sat, Jun 12, 2021
Registration opens May 26
7 participants
Rainbow & Island Lakes
Sat, Jun 12, 2021
Registration opens May 26
7 participants
Trap Lake
Sun, Jun 13, 2021
Registration opens May 26
7 participants
Tunnel Creek to Surprise Creek
Sat, Jun 19, 2021
Registration opens May 26
7 participants
Cathedral Rock & Peggy's Pond
Sat, Jun 19, 2021
Registration opens May 26
7 participants
Duckabush River
Sun, Jun 20, 2021
Registration opens May 26
7 participants
Navaho Pass
Wed, Jun 23, 2021
Registration opens May 26
6 participants
West Fork Foss Lakes
Sat, Jun 26, 2021
Registration opens May 26
5 participants
Klahane Ridge
Sat, Jun 26, 2021
Registration opens May 26
7 participants
Tubal Cain Mine
Sun, Jun 27, 2021
Registration opens May 26
7 participants
Grand Valley
Sun, Jun 27, 2021
Registration opens May 26
7 participants
Glacier Basin (Monte Cristo)
Sun, Jul 4, 2021
Registration opens Jun 23
7 participants
Mount Muller Divide Trail
Sat, Jul 10, 2021
Registration opens Jun 23
6 participants
Indian Henry's Hunting Ground
Sat, Jul 17, 2021
Registration opens Jun 23
7 participants
Cathedral Rock-Deception Pass Loop
Sat, Jul 17, 2021
Registration opens Jun 23
7 participants
Coldwater Peak
Sat, Jul 17, 2021
Registration opens Jun 23
7 participants
Indian Bar-Cowlitz Divide
Sat, Jul 24, 2021
Registration opens Jun 23
7 participants
Indian Henry's Hunting Ground
Sat, Jul 24, 2021
Registration opens Jun 23
7 participants
Walupt Lake-Pacific Crest Trail-Nannie Ridge Loop
Sat, Jul 24, 2021
Registration opens Jun 23
7 participants
Indian Bar-Cowlitz Divide
Sun, Jul 25, 2021
Registration opens Jun 23
6 participants
Summerland & Panhandle Gap
Sun, Jul 25, 2021
Registration opens Jun 23
7 participants
Third Burroughs Mountain
Sat, Jul 31, 2021
Registration opens Jun 23
7 participants
Ridge & Gravel Lakes
Sat, Aug 7, 2021
Registration opens Jul 21
7 participants
Crystal Mountain Backcountry
Sat, Aug 14, 2021
Registration opens Jul 21
5 participants
Surprise Mountain
Sat, Aug 14, 2021
Registration opens Jul 21
7 participants
Snowgrass Flat & Goat Lake
Sun, Aug 15, 2021
Registration opens Jul 21
7 participants
Rainy Pass to Snowy Lakes
Fri, Aug 20, 2021
Registration opens Jul 21
6 participants
Sourdough Mountain
Sat, Aug 21, 2021
Registration opens Jul 21
7 participants
Marmot & Jade Lakes
Sat, Aug 21, 2021
Registration opens Jul 21
7 participants
Cascade Pass & Sahale Arm
Sun, Aug 22, 2021
Registration opens Jul 21
7 participants
Phelps Creek to Spider Gap
Sat, Aug 28, 2021
Registration opens Jul 21
7 participants
Royal Basin
Sat, Aug 28, 2021
Registration opens Jul 21
7 participants
Enchantments Traverse
Sat, Sep 4, 2021
Registration opens Aug 25
7 participants
Sunrise to Mystic Lake
Sun, Sep 5, 2021
Registration opens Aug 25
7 participants
Grand Ridge (Olympics)
Sat, Sep 11, 2021
Registration closes Sep 9
6 participants
Seven Lakes Basin & High Divide
Sat, Sep 18, 2021
Registration opens Aug 25
7 participants
CHS 1 Hike (optional)
Icicle Ridge
Sat, May 15, 2021
Registration closes May 13
1 participant
Ingalls Creek
Sun, May 16, 2021
Registration closes May 14
2 participants
Wallace Falls
Sun, May 16, 2021
Registration closes May 14
0 participants
Poo Poo Point via High School Trail
Mon, May 17, 2021
Registration closes May 15
1 participant
Cougar Mountain: Red Town Trailhead
Fri, May 21, 2021
Registration closes May 19
0 participants
Lizard & Lily Lakes Loop
Sat, May 22, 2021
Registration closes May 20
2 participants
Talapus & Olallie Lakes
Sat, May 22, 2021
Registration closes May 20
5 participants
Freund Canyon Loop
Sun, May 23, 2021
Registration closes May 21
6 participants
Baker River & East Baker Lake
Sun, May 23, 2021
Registration closes May 21
5 participants
Iron Bear
Thu, May 27, 2021
Registration closes May 24
1 participant on waitlist
Wallace Falls Loop
Wed, Jun 2, 2021
Registration opens May 26
6 participants
Lost Lake
Sat, Jun 5, 2021
Registration opens May 26
6 participants
Goat Lake (Monte Cristo)
Sat, Jun 5, 2021
Registration opens May 26
6 participants
Poo Poo Point
Sun, Jun 6, 2021
Registration opens May 26
6 participants
Crystal Lakes (Mount Rainier)
Sun, Jun 6, 2021
Registration opens May 26
7 participants
Mason Lake
Mon, Jun 7, 2021
Registration opens May 26
6 participants
Easton Ridge
Wed, Jun 9, 2021
Registration opens May 26
6 participants
Goat Lake (Monte Cristo)
Sat, Jun 19, 2021
Registration opens May 26
6 participants
DeRoux Creek-Gallagher Head Lake
Sat, Jun 19, 2021
Registration opens May 26
6 participants
Mount Washington (Snoqualmie)
Mon, Jun 21, 2021
Registration opens May 26
6 participants
Navaho Pass
Fri, Jun 25, 2021
Registration opens May 26
6 participants
Deer Ridge
Sat, Jun 26, 2021
Registration opens May 26
7 participants
Granite Lakes via Granite Creek
Sat, Jun 26, 2021
Registration opens May 26
6 participants
Lost Lake
Sat, Jul 3, 2021
Registration opens Jun 23
6 participants
Deception Creek
Wed, Jul 7, 2021
Registration opens Jun 23
6 participants
Peggy's Pond
Fri, Jul 9, 2021
Registration opens Jun 23
6 participants
Mount Defiance
Sun, Jul 11, 2021
Registration opens Jun 23
6 participants
Granite Mountain
Fri, Jul 16, 2021
Registration opens Jun 23
6 participants
Lake Valhalla & Mount McCausland
Thu, Jul 22, 2021
Registration opens Jun 23
6 participants
Summerland & Panhandle Gap
Sat, Jul 24, 2021
Registration opens Jun 23
6 participants
Eastside Trail (Mount Rainier)
Sun, Jul 25, 2021
Registration opens Jun 23
7 participants
Naches Peak Loop
Wed, Jul 28, 2021
Registration opens Jun 23
6 participants
Hidden Lake Lookout
Thu, Jul 29, 2021
Registration opens Jun 23
6 participants
Josephine Lake
Sat, Jul 31, 2021
Registration opens Jun 23
7 participants
Mailbox Peak
Tue, Aug 3, 2021
Registration opens Jul 21
6 participants
Scott Paul-Park Butte Loop
Wed, Aug 4, 2021
Registration opens Jul 21
6 participants
Panhandle Gap
Fri, Aug 6, 2021
Registration opens Jul 21
6 participants
Navaho Pass
Sat, Aug 7, 2021
Registration opens Jul 21
6 participants
Shoe Lake
Sun, Aug 8, 2021
Registration opens Jul 21
6 participants
Summerland & Panhandle Gap
Wed, Aug 11, 2021
Registration opens Jul 21
6 participants
Cascade Pass & Sahale Arm
Sat, Aug 14, 2021
Registration opens Jul 21
6 participants
Coldwater Peak
Sat, Aug 14, 2021
Registration opens Jul 21
7 participants
Excelsior Peak
Sun, Aug 15, 2021
Registration opens Jul 21
6 participants
Little Giant Pass
Wed, Aug 18, 2021
Registration opens Jul 21
4 participants
Cascade Pass & Sahale Arm
Fri, Aug 20, 2021
Registration opens Jul 21
6 participants
Rainy Pass to Snowy Lakes
Sat, Aug 21, 2021
Registration opens Jul 21
7 participants
Sunrise Loop
Fri, Aug 27, 2021
Registration opens Jul 21
6 participants
Maple Pass Loop
Sat, Sep 4, 2021
Registration opens Aug 25
6 participants
Surprise Lake & Mountain
Sun, Sep 5, 2021
Registration opens Aug 25
7 participants
Ptarmigan Ridge
Fri, Sep 10, 2021
Registration opens Aug 25
6 participants
Indian Bar-Cowlitz Divide
Sat, Sep 18, 2021
Registration opens Aug 25
6 participants
North Fork Skokomish River & Flapjack Lakes
Sat, Sep 25, 2021
Registration opens Aug 25
7 participants
CHS - Just for Fun (optional)
Maple Pass Loop
Sun, Aug 22, 2021
Registration opens Jul 21
7 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
3 instructors

Additional badges needed to graduate

Completed

Roster
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)

Trekking poles and snow traction devices (YakTrax, Microspikes, Stablicers, etc.) are recommend, but not required. 

Course Materials

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