Conditioning Hiking Series - Seattle - 2017

Day Hiking Course

Conditioning Hiking Series

Conditioning Hiking Series - Seattle - 2017

Please Note- Registration will open to the general public beginning Feb. 1st. Prior course graduates are asked to wait until Feb 11 to register. We will be monitoring sign ups and you will be removed from the roster if you attempt to register before your applicable  date!

Thank you for your attention to this, and if you are not sure how to register please email info@mountaineers.org or karidurr@hotmail.com

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 2017 CHS course consists of a mandatory daytime class on Saturday, March 11 at the Seattle Mountaineers Program Center, progressively more difficult and longer day hikes several times a 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 in April, 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 on March 18. 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, Columbia Gorge, the Olympic Peninsula, 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 Wednesday, Feb. 1 through Tuesday, Feb. 28. Online or telephone registration is available. Mail-in registration forms will not be accepted. Enrollment will be limited to 120 participants. The course has a first-come, first-served signup procedure. Past graduates of the course are welcome to register, but are requested to wait until Saturday, Feb. 11. If the number of signups exceeds 120, 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 2018.

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 - Just for Fun (optional)
Blake Island
Sat, Apr 27, 2019
Registration closes Apr 25
4 participants
0 instructors
Sauk Mountain
Fri, Aug 23, 2019
Registration opens Jul 24
11 participants
CHS 2 Hike (optional)
Umtanum Ridge
Sat, Apr 27, 2019
Registration closes Apr 25
0 participants
Wilderness Peak
Sun, Apr 28, 2019
Registration closes Apr 26
0 participants
Wallace Lake
Sun, Apr 28, 2019
Registration closes Apr 26
0 participants
Duckabush River
Sat, May 4, 2019
Registration closes May 2
3 participants
Yakima Skyline Ridge
Sun, May 5, 2019
Registration closes May 2
0 participants
Bowman Bay
Sat, May 11, 2019
Registration closes May 9
3 participants
Black Canyon (Umtanum Ridge)
Sat, May 11, 2019
Registration closes May 9
2 participants
Mount Teneriffe
Sat, May 18, 2019
Registration closes May 16
1 participant
Mount Washington (Snoqualmie)
Sun, May 19, 2019
Registration closes May 17
4 participants
Dog Mountain Loop
Fri, May 24, 2019
Registration closes May 22
6 participants
Catherine Creek: The Labyrinth & Natural Arch
Sat, May 25, 2019
Registration closes May 23
0 participants
Lake Serene
Sat, May 25, 2019
Registration closes May 23
2 participants on waitlist
Chinidere Mountain
Sun, May 26, 2019
Registration closes May 24
7 participants
Herman Creek Ancient Cedars
Sun, May 26, 2019
Registration closes May 24
8 participants
Hamilton Mountain
Mon, May 27, 2019
Registration closes May 25
8 participants
Tiger Mountain Trail
Sat, Jun 1, 2019
Registration opens May 22
11 participants
Colchuck Lake
Sun, Jun 2, 2019
Registration opens May 22
7 participants
Mount Constitution
Sat, Jun 8, 2019
Registration opens May 22
10 participants
Fort Ebey
Sat, Jun 15, 2019
Registration opens May 22
11 participants
Marmot Pass & Buckhorn Mountain
Sun, Jun 16, 2019
Registration opens May 22
11 participants
Rachel & Lila Lakes
Sat, Jun 22, 2019
Registration opens May 22
11 participants
Navaho Pass
Sun, Jun 23, 2019
Registration opens May 22
11 participants
Perry Creek
Sat, Jun 29, 2019
Registration opens May 22
10 participants
Rattlesnake Mountain Grand Traverse
Sat, Jul 6, 2019
Registration opens Jun 26
11 participants
Tunnel Creek to Surprise Creek
Sat, Jul 13, 2019
Registration opens Jun 26
10 participants
Klahane Ridge
Sat, Jul 20, 2019
Registration opens Jun 26
11 participants
Laughingwater Creek-Three Lakes
Sat, Jul 27, 2019
Registration opens Jun 26
10 participants
Snowgrass Flat, Goat Lake & Hawkeye Point
Sat, Jul 27, 2019
Registration opens Jun 26
11 participants
Summerland & Panhandle Gap
Sun, Jul 28, 2019
Registration opens Jun 26
11 participants
Around Mother Mountain
Sun, Aug 4, 2019
Registration opens Jul 24
11 participants
Navaho Peak
Sat, Aug 10, 2019
Registration opens Jul 24
11 participants
Lake Janus and Grizzly Peak
Sun, Aug 11, 2019
Registration opens Jul 24
10 participants
Tuck & Robin Lakes
Sat, Aug 17, 2019
Registration opens Jul 24
10 participants
Ridge & Gravel Lakes
Sun, Aug 18, 2019
Registration opens Jul 24
11 participants
Pacific Crest Trail: White Pass to Chinook Pass
Sat, Aug 24, 2019
Registration opens Jul 24
11 participants
Cascade Pass & Sahale Arm
Sat, Aug 24, 2019
Registration opens Jul 24
10 participants
Enchantments Traverse
Sat, Sep 7, 2019
Registration opens Aug 21
6 participants
Seven Lakes Basin & High Divide
Sat, Sep 14, 2019
Registration opens Aug 21
11 participants
CHS 1 Hike (optional)
Lake 22
Sat, Apr 27, 2019
Registration closes Apr 25
2 participants on waitlist
Tiger Mountain Trail
Sun, Apr 28, 2019
Registration closes Apr 25
4 participants on waitlist
Oyster Dome
Sat, May 4, 2019
Registration closes May 2
2 participants on waitlist
Coal Creek Trail
Sun, May 5, 2019
Registration closes May 3
3 participants
Fragrance & Lost Lakes
Sat, May 11, 2019
Registration closes May 9
6 participants
Icicle Ridge
Sat, May 11, 2019
Registration closes May 9
1 participant on waitlist
Bowman Bay
Sun, May 12, 2019
Registration closes May 10
3 participants
Tronsen Ridge
Wed, May 15, 2019
Registration closes May 13
0 participants
Icicle Ridge
Fri, May 17, 2019
Registration closes May 15
9 participants
Ingalls Creek
Sat, May 18, 2019
Registration closes May 16
2 participants
Lily & Lizard Lakes
Sun, May 19, 2019
Registration closes May 17
1 participant on waitlist
Columbia Hills
Fri, May 24, 2019
Registration closes May 22
11 participants
Green Mountain: Wildcat Trail
Sat, May 25, 2019
Registration closes May 23
5 participants
Tomlike Mountain
Sat, May 25, 2019
Registration closes May 22
10 participants
Squak Mountain/Bullitt Fireplace Access
Sun, May 26, 2019
Registration closes May 24
5 participants
Hardy Ridge
Sun, May 26, 2019
Registration closes May 24
8 participants
Lyle Cherry Orchard
Sun, May 26, 2019
Registration closes May 24
8 participants
Coyote Wall—The Labyrinth Loop
Mon, May 27, 2019
Registration closes May 22
7 participants
Margaret's Way
Mon, May 27, 2019
Registration closes May 25
7 participants
Annette Lake
Fri, May 31, 2019
Registration closes May 29
7 participants
Wallace Falls & Lake
Sat, Jun 1, 2019
Registration opens May 22
10 participants
Mount Washington (Snoqualmie)
Sun, Jun 2, 2019
Registration opens May 22
10 participants
Umtanum Ridge
Wed, Jun 5, 2019
Registration opens May 22
11 participants
Colchuck Lake
Sat, Jun 8, 2019
Registration opens May 22
6 participants
Navaho Pass
Sat, Jun 8, 2019
Registration opens May 22
10 participants
Pine & Cedar Lakes
Sat, Jun 15, 2019
Registration opens May 22
11 participants
Mount Townsend
Sun, Jun 16, 2019
Registration opens May 22
11 participants
Lake Valhalla & Mount McCausland
Wed, Jun 19, 2019
Registration opens May 22
11 participants
Green Lake (Mount Rainier)
Sat, Jun 22, 2019
Registration opens May 22
11 participants
Turtleback Mountain Preserve: Turtlehead Summit
Sun, Jun 23, 2019
Registration opens May 22
10 participants
Lake Serene
Sun, Jun 30, 2019
Registration opens May 22
10 participants
Camp Pleasant
Sat, Jul 6, 2019
Registration opens Jun 26
11 participants
Mount Defiance
Sat, Jul 13, 2019
Registration opens Jun 26
10 participants
Goat Lake
Wed, Jul 17, 2019
Registration opens Jun 26
11 participants
First & Second Burroughs Mountain
Sat, Jul 20, 2019
Registration opens Jun 26
10 participants
Marmot Pass & Buckhorn Mountain
Sat, Jul 20, 2019
Registration opens Jun 26
10 participants
Mount Constitution
Sun, Jul 21, 2019
Registration opens Jun 26
10 participants
Crystal Mountain Backcountry
Sat, Jul 27, 2019
Registration opens Jun 26
10 participants
Shriner Peak
Sun, Jul 28, 2019
Registration opens Jun 26
11 participants
Panhandle Gap
Sat, Aug 3, 2019
Registration opens Jul 24
10 participants
Indian Bar-Cowlitz Divide
Sat, Aug 10, 2019
Registration opens Jul 24
10 participants
Coldwater Peak, Harry's Ridge & Pumice Plain
Sat, Aug 10, 2019
Registration opens Jul 24
11 participants
Pacific Crest Trail: White Pass to Walupt Lake
Sun, Aug 11, 2019
Registration opens Jul 24
11 participants
Cascade Pass & Sahale Arm
Sat, Aug 17, 2019
Registration opens Jul 24
10 participants
Stilleto Peak Lookout
Sat, Aug 24, 2019
Registration opens Jul 24
11 participants
Cutthroat Lake & Pass
Sat, Aug 24, 2019
Registration opens Jul 24
10 participants
Maple Pass Loop
Sun, Aug 25, 2019
Registration opens Jul 24
11 participants
Kendall Katwalk
Sun, Aug 25, 2019
Registration opens Jul 24
10 participants
Excelsior Ridge
Sat, Aug 31, 2019
Registration opens Jul 24
10 participants
Chain Lakes Loop
Sat, Sep 7, 2019
Registration opens Aug 21
10 participants
Royal Lake
Sat, Sep 14, 2019
Registration opens Aug 21
11 participants
Around Mother Mountain
Sat, Sep 28, 2019
Registration opens Aug 21
11 participants
CHS - Puffer Butte Weekend
White Bluffs, Hanford Reach & South Slope
Fri, Jul 12, 2019
Registration opens Jun 26
11 participants

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 highly recommended, but not required. 

Course Materials
Name/Description Type
Hike Leader Resources

Folder
Orientation Materials

Folder
How to Register for CHS Hikes

Step-by-step instructions on how to register for your monthly hikes.

File ECMAScript program File
Hike Registration Dates

Hike registration dates listed by month

File ECMAScript program File
Basic Course Guide

Basic Course Guide for 2019

File File