Conditioning Hiking Series - Seattle - 2019

Day Hiking Course

Conditioning Hiking Series

Conditioning Hiking Series - Seattle - 2019

Please email info@mountaineers.org with registration questions.

You must be a member of The Mountaineers to register for the course. Registration is open during the month of February as follows:

  • Feb 1st 9:00AM-Feb 14th 5:00PM: registration open for first-time participants only
  • Feb 15th 9:00AM-Feb 28th 5:00PM: registration open to all (includes returning participants and prior course graduates)

Prior participants who register before Feb 15th at 9:00AM will be removed from the roster and required to re-register at the assigned time, no exceptions!

Online or telephone registration only.  The course fee is $145.00. Scholarships are available, please see the link above.

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.

Overview: This course is for hiking enthusiasts who are interested in challenging themselves to go on day hikes of 16+ miles.  The Conditioning Hiking Series (CHS) kicks off in March, and is designed to prepare hikers who are currently experienced at the upper easy/moderate level for the challenges of strenuous, long-distance day hiking.  All hikes are limited to participants in the course.

Minimum Qualifications: This course is not for beginning hikers! You must be capable of a minimum sustained pace of 1.5 miles per hour (think 80 minutes up Rattlesnake Ledge Trail or 2 hrs 45 min up Mt Si trail). Participants are strongly 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 2019 CHS course consists of a mandatory daytime class on Saturday, March 16 at the Seattle Mountaineers Program Center, a minimum of two CHS hikes per month building in mileage and elevation gain from April through August, and a graduation hike of 16+ miles in September. The class session on March 16 is designed to teach basic information that is needed to prep for longer hikes, and also to go over course guidelines and expectations.  Each participant in the course is also required to do one day of trail maintenance in order to graduate.  This is a popular course with a long waitlist, therefore, you must be willing and committed to completing all requirements in order to occupy a spot on the roster.

Prior to your first hike in April, you will choose your preference for moderate (CHS1) or fast (CHS2) paced hikes. If you are uncertain which level is best for you, pacing hikes will be offered on March 23/24 and our leaders will help you select a pacing group.

Course badges will be awarded to those who complete the March classroom session, ten CHS day hikes (two per month, April-August), one CHS graduation hike in September, and one day of trail maintenance.   

 

Badges you will earn:

Course Requirements
Course Activity Date Availability Leader
CHS 2 Hike (optional)
Catherine Creek: The Labyrinth & Natural Arch
Sat, May 25, 2019
Registration closed May 23
2 participants on waitlist
Lake Serene
Sat, May 25, 2019
Registration closed May 23
3 participants on waitlist
Pacific Crest Trail: Crest Horse Camp to Bridge of the Gods
Sun, May 26, 2019
Registration closed May 24
3 participants
Herman Creek Ancient Cedars
Sun, May 26, 2019
Registration closed May 24
6 participants
Hamilton Mountain
Mon, May 27, 2019
Registration closed May 25
2 participants
Tiger Mountain Trail
Sat, Jun 1, 2019
Registration closes May 30
2 participants
Colchuck Lake
Sun, Jun 2, 2019
Registration closes May 31
4 participants on waitlist
Mount Si via Talus Loop
Wed, Jun 5, 2019
Registration closes Jun 3
10 participants
Mount Constitution
Sat, Jun 8, 2019
Registration closes Jun 6
2 participants
Greenwater & Lost Lakes
Sun, Jun 9, 2019
Registration closes Jun 6
2 participants
Cutthroat Lake & Pass
Sat, Jun 15, 2019
Registration closes Jun 13
3 participants
Fort Ebey
Sat, Jun 15, 2019
Registration closes Jun 13
4 participants
Marmot Pass & Buckhorn Mountain
Sun, Jun 16, 2019
Registration closes Jun 14
2 participants
Rachel & Lila Lakes
Sat, Jun 22, 2019
Registration closes Jun 20
3 participants on waitlist
Navaho Pass
Sun, Jun 23, 2019
Registration closes Jun 21
2 participants
Perry Creek
Sat, Jun 29, 2019
Registration closes Jun 27
0 participants
Kendall Katwalk
Sun, Jun 30, 2019
Registration closes Jun 28
4 participants
Lake George & Gobblers Knob
Sun, Jun 30, 2019
Registration closes Jun 28
9 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
Burroughs Mountain
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)
Coyote Wall—The Labyrinth Loop
Sat, May 25, 2019
Registration closed May 22
3 participants
Squak Mountain/Bullitt Fireplace Access
Sun, May 26, 2019
Registration closed May 24
1 participant
Hardy Ridge
Sun, May 26, 2019
Registration closed May 24
4 participants
Iron Bear
Sun, May 26, 2019
Registration closed May 24
0 participants
0 instructors
Coyote Wall—The Labyrinth Loop
Mon, May 27, 2019
Registration closed May 22
5 participants
Margaret's Way
Mon, May 27, 2019
Registration closed May 24
8 participants
Annette Lake
Fri, May 31, 2019
Registration closes May 29
4 participants
Wallace Falls & Lake
Sat, Jun 1, 2019
Registration closes May 30
0 participants
Mount Washington (Snoqualmie)
Sun, Jun 2, 2019
Registration closes May 31
5 participants
Greider Lakes
Wed, Jun 5, 2019
Registration closes Jun 3
8 participants
Granite Lakes via Granite Creek
Sat, Jun 8, 2019
Registration closes Jun 6
7 participants
Navaho Pass
Sat, Jun 8, 2019
Registration closes Jun 6
1 participant
Poo Poo Point
Sun, Jun 9, 2019
Registration closes Jun 7
2 participants
Tronsen Ridge
Wed, Jun 12, 2019
Registration closes Jun 10
6 participants
Robinson & Ainsley Canyons
Sat, Jun 15, 2019
Registration closes Jun 12
8 participants
Pine & Cedar Lakes
Sat, Jun 15, 2019
Registration closes Jun 13
8 participants
Mount Townsend
Sun, Jun 16, 2019
Registration closes Jun 14
7 participants
Lake Valhalla & Mount McCausland
Wed, Jun 19, 2019
Registration closes Jun 24
3 participants
Green Lake (Mount Rainier)
Sat, Jun 22, 2019
Registration closes Jun 20
4 participants
Turtleback Mountain Preserve: Turtlehead Summit
Sun, Jun 23, 2019
Registration closes Jun 21
5 participants
Iron Peak
Wed, Jun 26, 2019
Registration closes Jun 24
10 participants
Island Lake
Sat, Jun 29, 2019
Registration closes Jun 26
7 participants
Lake Serene
Sun, Jun 30, 2019
Registration closes Jun 28
3 participants
Deception Creek
Wed, Jul 3, 2019
Registration opens Jun 26
10 participants
Camp Pleasant
Sat, Jul 6, 2019
Registration opens Jun 26
10 participants
Rock Mountain
Wed, Jul 10, 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
10 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
11 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
Esmeralda Basin
Wed, Aug 7, 2019
Registration opens Jul 24
11 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
10 participants
Panhandle Gap
Tue, Aug 13, 2019
Registration opens Jul 24
10 participants
Cascade Pass & Sahale Arm
Sat, Aug 17, 2019
Registration opens Jul 24
10 participants
Spider Meadows
Fri, Aug 23, 2019
Registration opens Jul 24
11 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
10 participants
Around Mother Mountain
Sat, Sep 28, 2019
Registration opens Aug 21
10 participants
CHS - Just for Fun (optional)
Big Four Ice Caves
Sat, Jun 15, 2019
Registration closes Jun 13
9 participants
Sauk Mountain
Fri, Aug 23, 2019
Registration opens Jul 24
11 participants
CHS - Puffer Butte Weekend
White Bluffs, Hanford Reach & South Slope
Fri, Jul 12, 2019
Registration opens Jun 26
11 participants
Aneroid Lake
Sun, Jul 14, 2019
Registration opens Jun 26
11 participants

Additional badges needed to graduate

Completed

Roster
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
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