Conditioning Hiking Series - Seattle - 2020

Day Hiking Course

Conditioning Hiking Series

A course for hiking enthusiasts who are interested in challenging themselves by working up to long-distance day hikes of 15+ miles. We start hiking in April and build on mileage and elevation each month and end with a graduation hike in September.

Info
COVID-19: Learn about our most up-to-date guidance for participants and leaders on our COVID-19 Response page. All participants and leaders must agree to the COVID-19 Code of Conduct before participating in this Mountaineers course.

 You must be a member of The Mountaineers to register for the course. 

Registration dates are as follows:

  • Jan 29th 9:00AM-Feb 11th 5:00PM: registration open for first-time participants only
  • Feb 12th 9:00AM-Feb 28th 5:00PM: registration open to everyone (this includes returning participants and prior CHS graduates)

Returning participants who register before Feb 12th 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 $150.00. Scholarships are available, please see the link above.  

Cancellations are subject to the following refund schedule.  Please note that all refunds will incur a $10 club cancellation fee.

  • Before Apr 1 - 100% 
  • Apr 1-30 - 75%
  • May 1-31 - 50%
  • After May 31 - no refund

Overview: This course is for hiking enthusiasts who are interested in challenging themselves by working up to day hikes of 15+ miles.  Our 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.  It is also designed to provide a small-group trip environment in which hikers can build friendships by hiking with many of the same people on each trip.  All hikes are limited to participants in the course.

Minimum Qualifications: This course is not for beginning hikers.  (If you are a beginning hiker we suggest you check out our  'GoHike' series here.)  For CHS, you should be capable of a minimum sustained pace of 1.5 miles per hour (think 1:20 up Rattlesnake Ledge trail or 2:40 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 2020 CHS program consists of a mandatory daytime class on Saturday, March 14 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 15+ miles in September. The class session on March 14 is designed to teach basic information that is needed to prep for longer hikes, and also to go over course guidelines and expectations.  Participants are also required to complete one day of Stewardship in the form of trail maintenance and earn their  Low Impact Recreation badge (consisting of a few videos and a quiz) in order to graduate.  This is a popular series with a long waitlist, therefore, you must be willing and committed to graduating 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 21/22 and our leaders will help you select a pacing group.

Where We Hike:  Our hike destinations vary depending on the month and range from the Cascades to the Olympics, from Mt. Baker to the Columbia Gorge, and everywhere in between including Mt. Rainier, Eastern Washington, the Kitsap peninsula, Mount St. Helens, Hwy 2, and the I-90 Snoqualmie Corridor.  We offer hikes on each Sat/Sun of every month with occasional weekday offerings for those with flexible schedules.  Please note that the hike list below is a work in progress.  For a more accurate representation of what will be offered, you can view sample hike schedules from a previous year  here (for the CHS 1 moderate pace group) and here (for the CHS 2 faster pace group).  

Miscellaneous Details:

  • Other popular annual events (all optional) offered with Seattle CHS include the Coast Cleanup Weekend at Shi Shi Beach (April),  a Columbia Gorge hiking weekend (May), a Mt. Rainier campout weekend featuring  hikes in and around the park (July), and a North Cascades campout weekend highlighting several stunning hike locales  in the 'American Alps' (August).   
  • 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.

Badges you will earn:

Course Requirements
Course Activity Date Availability Leader
CHS Mixer & Course Refresher (optional)
Online Classroom
Thu, Mar 4, 2021
Registration closed Mar 2
8 participants
CHS 1 Pacing Hike (optional)
Wallace Falls
Sat, Mar 20, 2021
Registration opens Mar 8
7 participants
Stan's Overlook
Sat, Mar 20, 2021
Registration opens Mar 8
7 participants
Grand Ridge Park (Snoqualmie)
Sun, Mar 21, 2021
Registration opens Mar 8
6 participants
CHS 2 Pacing Hike (optional)
Tiger Mountain Trail
Sat, Mar 20, 2021
Registration opens Mar 8
6 participants
Squak Mountain: May Valley Access
Sun, Mar 21, 2021
Registration opens Mar 8
6 participants
Dirty Harry's Balcony
Sun, Mar 21, 2021
Registration opens Mar 8
7 participants
CHS 2 Hike (optional)
Kamikaze (Teneriffe) Falls
Sat, Apr 3, 2021
Registration opens Mar 24
6 participants
Margaret's Way to Debbie's View
Sat, Apr 3, 2021
Registration opens Mar 24
7 participants
Grand Prospect
Sun, Apr 4, 2021
Registration opens Mar 24
6 participants
May Valley Loop
Sun, Apr 4, 2021
Registration opens Mar 24
5 participants
Lime Kiln Trail
Sat, Apr 10, 2021
Registration opens Mar 24
4 participants
Lily & Lizard Lakes
Sat, Apr 10, 2021
Registration opens Mar 24
6 participants
Olallie Lake
Sun, Apr 11, 2021
Registration opens Mar 24
5 participants
Lower Lena Lake
Sun, Apr 18, 2021
Registration opens Mar 24
7 participants
Margaret's Way to Debbie's View
Sat, Apr 24, 2021
Registration opens Mar 24
4 participants
Ancient Lake
Sat, Apr 24, 2021
Registration opens Mar 24
7 participants
Poo Poo Point
Sat, Apr 24, 2021
Registration opens Mar 24
7 participants
Oyster Dome-Samish Overlook Loop
Sat, Apr 24, 2021
Registration opens Mar 24
7 participants
Granite Lakes via Granite Creek
Sun, Apr 25, 2021
Registration opens Mar 24
5 participants
Yakima Skyline Ridge
Sun, Apr 25, 2021
Registration opens Mar 24
7 participants
Wallace Falls & Lake
Sat, May 1, 2021
Registration opens Apr 21
7 participants
Fragrance & Lost Lakes Loop
Sun, May 2, 2021
Registration opens Apr 21
6 participants
Mount Si Main Trail
Sat, May 8, 2021
Registration opens Apr 21
6 participants
Goat Lake (Monte Cristo)
Sat, May 8, 2021
Registration opens Apr 21
7 participants
Yakima Skyline Ridge
Sat, May 15, 2021
Registration opens Apr 21
7 participants
Green Mountain: Wildcat Trail
Sun, May 16, 2021
Registration opens Apr 21
7 participants
Ingalls Creek
Fri, May 21, 2021
Registration opens Apr 21
6 participants
Talus Loop via Teneriffe Trailhead
Sat, May 22, 2021
Registration opens Apr 21
7 participants
Snow & Gem Lakes (Snoqualmie)
Sun, May 23, 2021
Registration opens Apr 21
6 participants
North Fork Skokomish River to Big Log Camp
Sun, May 30, 2021
Registration opens Apr 21
7 participants
Melakwa Lake
Mon, May 31, 2021
Registration opens Apr 21
7 participants
Rainbow & Island Lakes
Sat, Jun 12, 2021
Registration opens May 26
6 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
Gothic Basin
Sat, Jun 26, 2021
Registration opens May 26
6 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
Indian Henry's Hunting Ground
Sat, Jul 17, 2021
Registration opens Jun 23
6 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
Summerland & Panhandle Gap
Sun, Jul 25, 2021
Registration opens Jun 23
7 participants
Third Burroughs Mountain
Sat, Jul 31, 2021
Registration opens Jun 23
6 participants
Ridge & Gravel Lakes
Sat, Aug 7, 2021
Registration opens Jul 21
7 participants
Marmot & Jade Lakes
Sat, Aug 7, 2021
Registration opens Jul 21
7 participants
Crystal Mountain Backcountry
Sat, Aug 14, 2021
Registration opens Jul 21
6 participants
Surprise Mountain
Sat, Aug 14, 2021
Registration opens Jul 21
7 participants
Rainy Pass to Snowy Lakes
Fri, Aug 20, 2021
Registration opens Jul 21
6 participants
Cascade Pass & Sahale Arm
Sat, Aug 21, 2021
Registration opens Jul 21
7 participants
Sourdough Mountain
Sat, Aug 21, 2021
Registration opens Jul 21
7 participants
Spider Meadows
Sat, Aug 28, 2021
Registration opens Jul 21
7 participants
Royal Basin
Sat, Aug 28, 2021
Registration opens Jul 21
6 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
6 participants
Seven Lakes Basin & High Divide
Sat, Sep 18, 2021
Registration opens Aug 25
7 participants
CHS 1 Hike (optional)
Fragrance Lake
Sat, Apr 3, 2021
Registration opens Mar 24
7 participants
Dungeness Spit
Sat, Apr 3, 2021
Registration opens Mar 24
7 participants
Ebeys Landing
Wed, Apr 7, 2021
Registration opens Mar 24
7 participants
Tiger Mountain Trail
Fri, Apr 9, 2021
Registration opens Mar 24
6 participants
Squak Mountain/Bullitt Fireplace
Sat, Apr 10, 2021
Registration opens Mar 24
6 participants
Cranberry Lake
Sat, Apr 10, 2021
Registration opens Mar 24; Instructor registration open now
6 participants
0 instructors
Little Mashel Falls
Sun, Apr 11, 2021
Registration opens Mar 24
6 participants
Talus Loop via Teneriffe Trailhead
Sun, Apr 11, 2021
Registration opens Mar 24
7 participants
Stan's Overlook
Wed, Apr 14, 2021
Registration opens Mar 24
6 participants
Paradise Valley Conservation Area
Sat, Apr 17, 2021
Registration opens Mar 24
6 participants
Heather Lake (Mountain Loop)
Sat, Apr 17, 2021
Registration opens Mar 24
6 participants
Bowman Bay
Sun, Apr 18, 2021
Registration opens Mar 24
7 participants
Dash Point State Park
Fri, Apr 23, 2021
Registration opens Mar 24
7 participants
Fragrance Lake Loop
Sat, Apr 24, 2021
Registration opens Mar 24
6 participants
Lime Kiln Trail
Sun, Apr 25, 2021
Registration opens Mar 24
6 participants
Margaret's Way
Sun, Apr 25, 2021
Registration opens Mar 24
6 participants
Little Si & Boulder Garden Loop
Mon, Apr 26, 2021
Registration opens Mar 24
6 participants
Dirty Harry's Balcony
Wed, Apr 28, 2021
Registration opens Mar 24
6 participants
Monte Cristo
Sat, May 1, 2021
Registration opens Apr 21
6 participants
Snoquera Palisades
Sat, May 1, 2021
Registration opens Apr 21
6 participants
Lime Kiln Trail
Sun, May 2, 2021
Registration opens Apr 21
7 participants
Kamikaze (Teneriffe) Falls
Mon, May 3, 2021
Registration opens Apr 21
6 participants
Margaret's Way to Debbie's View
Sat, May 8, 2021
Registration opens Apr 21
6 participants
Coyote Wall
Sat, May 8, 2021
Registration opens Apr 21
7 participants
Cape Horn
Sun, May 9, 2021
Registration opens Apr 21
7 participants
Iron Bear
Thu, May 13, 2021
Registration opens Apr 21
6 participants
Icicle Ridge
Sat, May 15, 2021
Registration opens Apr 21
6 participants
Ingalls Creek
Sun, May 16, 2021
Registration opens Apr 21
7 participants
Wallace Falls
Sun, May 16, 2021
Registration opens Apr 21
6 participants
Mount Margaret
Mon, May 17, 2021
Registration opens Apr 21
6 participants
Lizard & Lily Lakes Loop
Sat, May 22, 2021
Registration opens Apr 21
6 participants
Talapus & Olallie Lakes
Sat, May 22, 2021
Registration opens Apr 21
7 participants
Freund Canyon Loop
Sun, May 23, 2021
Registration opens Apr 21
6 participants
Baker River & East Baker Lake
Sun, May 23, 2021
Registration opens Apr 21
6 participants
Wallace Falls Loop
Wed, Jun 2, 2021
Registration opens May 26
6 participants
Goat Lake (Monte Cristo)
Sat, Jun 5, 2021
Registration opens May 26
6 participants
Poo Poo Point via Chirico Trail
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
Granite Lakes
Sun, Jun 13, 2021
Registration opens May 26
6 participants
Goat Lake (Monte Cristo)
Sat, Jun 19, 2021
Registration opens May 26
7 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
Deer Ridge
Sat, Jun 26, 2021
Registration opens May 26
7 participants
Mount Sawyer & Tonga Ridge
Wed, Jun 30, 2021
Registration opens May 26
7 participants
Lost Lake
Sat, Jul 3, 2021
Registration opens Jun 23
6 participants
Deception Creek
Wed, Jul 7, 2021
Registration opens Jun 23
7 participants
Peggy's Pond
Fri, Jul 9, 2021
Registration opens Jun 23
6 participants
Rattlesnake Mountain Grand Traverse
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
7 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
7 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
7 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
5 participants
Cascade Pass & Sahale Arm
Fri, Aug 20, 2021
Registration opens Jul 21
6 participants
Sunrise Loop
Fri, Aug 27, 2021
Registration opens Jul 21
6 participants
Maple Pass Loop
Sat, Sep 4, 2021
Registration opens Aug 25
7 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
North Fork Skokomish River & Flapjack Lakes
Sat, Sep 11, 2021
Registration opens Aug 25
7 participants
Indian Bar-Cowlitz Divide
Sat, Sep 18, 2021
Registration opens Aug 25
6 participants
CHS - Just for Fun (optional)
Maple Pass Loop
Sun, Aug 22, 2021
Registration opens Jul 21
7 participants

Additional badges needed to graduate

Completed

Roster
Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  1. Navigation
  2. Sun protection
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination
  5. First aid supplies
  6. Fire
  7. Repair kit and tools, including knife
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter
Course Materials

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