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.

 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, perhaps 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 (optional)
Seattle Program Center
Thu, Mar 5, 2020
Registration opens Jan 29
74 participants
CHS Orientation
Seattle Program Center
Sat, Mar 14, 2020
Registration opens Jan 29
119 participants
CHS 2 Pacing Hike (optional)
Margaret's Way to Debbie's View
Sat, Mar 21, 2020
Registration opens Mar 11
10 participants
CHS 1 Pacing Hike (optional)
Cougar Mountain Loop
Sun, Mar 22, 2020
Registration opens Mar 11
10 participants
CHS 2 Hike (optional)
Margaret's Way
Fri, Apr 3, 2020
Registration opens Mar 25
10 participants
Saint Edward State Park
Sat, Apr 11, 2020
Registration opens Mar 25
11 participants
Lower South Fork Skokomish River
Sun, Apr 12, 2020
Registration opens Mar 25
11 participants
Mount Teneriffe-Mount Si Traverse
Sun, Apr 12, 2020
Registration opens Mar 25
10 participants
Yakima Skyline Ridge
Sat, Apr 18, 2020
Registration opens Mar 25
10 participants
Greider Lakes
Sat, Apr 25, 2020
Registration opens Mar 25
10 participants
Lily & Lizard Lakes
Sun, Apr 26, 2020
Registration opens Mar 25
10 participants
Wilderness Peak
Sun, May 3, 2020
Registration opens Apr 22
11 participants
Deception Pass State Park
Sat, May 9, 2020
Registration opens Apr 22
11 participants
Duckabush River
Sun, May 10, 2020
Registration opens Apr 22
11 participants
Chuckanut Ridge
Sun, May 10, 2020
Registration opens Apr 22
10 participants
Poo Poo Point
Fri, May 15, 2020
Registration opens Apr 22
10 participants
Mount Washington (Snoqualmie)
Sat, May 16, 2020
Registration opens Apr 22
10 participants
Dog Mountain Loop
Fri, May 22, 2020
Registration opens Apr 22
10 participants
Melakwa Lake
Sat, May 30, 2020
Registration opens Apr 22
10 participants
Mount Si Old Trail
Fri, Jun 5, 2020
Registration opens May 27
10 participants
Rattlesnake Mountain Grand Traverse
Sat, Jun 6, 2020
Registration opens May 27
11 participants
Mount Defiance
Sat, Jun 13, 2020
Registration opens May 27
10 participants
Coldwater Lake Loop
Sun, Jun 14, 2020
Registration opens May 27
11 participants
Thunder Creek–Fourth of July Pass
Sun, Jun 21, 2020
Registration opens May 27
10 participants
Norse Peak
Sat, Jun 27, 2020
Registration opens May 27
10 participants
Navaho Peak
Sat, Jul 4, 2020
Registration opens Jun 24
10 participants
Rainy Pass to Snowy Lakes
Sat, Jul 11, 2020
Registration opens Jun 24
11 participants
Royal Basin
Fri, Jul 17, 2020
Registration opens Jun 24
10 participants
Benchmark Mountain via West Cady Ridge
Sat, Jul 18, 2020
Registration opens Jun 24
10 participants
Coldwater Peak, Harry's Ridge & Pumice Plain
Sun, Jul 19, 2020
Registration opens Jun 24
11 participants
Indian Henry's Hunting Ground
Sat, Jul 25, 2020
Registration opens Jun 24
10 participants
Shoe Lake
Sat, Aug 1, 2020
Registration opens Jul 22
10 participants
Around Mother Mountain
Fri, Aug 7, 2020
Registration opens Jul 22
10 participants
Mormon Ladies Lakes
Sat, Aug 8, 2020
Registration opens Jul 22; Instructor registration open now
10 participants
1 instructor
Crystal Mountain Backcountry
Sat, Aug 29, 2020
Registration opens Jul 22
10 participants
Seven Lakes Basin & High Divide
Sat, Sep 5, 2020
Registration opens Aug 26
10 participants
North Fork Skokomish River to Gladys Divide
Sun, Sep 6, 2020
Registration opens Aug 26
11 participants
Spray Park
Sat, Sep 12, 2020
Registration opens Aug 26
10 participants
CHS 1 Hike (optional)
Little Mashel Falls
Sat, Apr 4, 2020
Registration opens Mar 25
10 participants
Fragrance Lake
Sun, Apr 5, 2020
Registration opens Mar 25
10 participants
Dirty Harry's Balcony
Fri, Apr 17, 2020
Registration opens Mar 25
10 participants
Heather Lake (Mountain Loop)
Sat, Apr 18, 2020
Registration opens Mar 25
10 participants
Wilderness Peak
Sat, Apr 25, 2020
Registration opens Mar 25
11 participants
Millersylvania State Park
Sun, Apr 26, 2020
Registration opens Mar 25
11 participants
Cowiche Canyon
Sat, May 2, 2020
Registration opens Apr 22
11 participants
Snoquera Palisades
Sat, May 9, 2020
Registration opens Apr 22
10 participants
Bowman Bay
Sun, May 10, 2020
Registration opens Apr 22
11 participants
Sauer's Mountain
Sat, May 16, 2020
Registration opens Apr 22
11 participants
Heart & Whistle Lakes
Sat, May 16, 2020
Registration opens Apr 22
10 participants
Wallace Falls
Sun, May 17, 2020
Registration opens Apr 22
10 participants
West Tiger Mountain Railroad Grade
Fri, May 22, 2020
Registration opens Apr 22
10 participants
Green Mountain: Wildcat Trail
Sun, May 24, 2020
Registration opens Apr 22
11 participants
Annette Lake
Sat, May 30, 2020
Registration opens Apr 22
11 participants
Turtleback Mountain Preserve: Turtlehead Summit
Mon, Jun 8, 2020
Registration opens May 27
10 participants
Goat Lake (Monte Cristo)
Sat, Jun 13, 2020
Registration opens May 27
11 participants
Granite Lakes via Granite Creek
Sun, Jun 14, 2020
Registration opens May 27
10 participants
Wallace Falls & Lake
Sat, Jun 20, 2020
Registration opens May 27
11 participants
Deer Park to Maiden Peak
Sat, Jun 27, 2020
Registration opens May 27
10 participants
Gray Wolf Trail
Sun, Jun 28, 2020
Registration opens May 27
11 participants
Rattlesnake Mountain Grand Traverse
Sun, Jul 12, 2020
Registration opens Jun 24
10 participants
Marmot Pass & Buckhorn Mountain
Thu, Jul 16, 2020
Registration opens Jun 24
10 participants
Kendall Katwalk
Sat, Jul 18, 2020
Registration opens Jun 24
11 participants
Mount Margaret via Norway Pass
Sat, Jul 18, 2020
Registration opens May 27
10 participants
Excelsior Ridge
Sun, Jul 19, 2020
Registration opens Jun 24
10 participants
Summerland & Panhandle Gap
Fri, Aug 7, 2020
Registration opens Jul 22
10 participants
Navaho Pass
Sat, Aug 8, 2020
Registration opens Jul 22
10 participants
Kendall Katwalk
Wed, Aug 12, 2020
Registration opens Jul 22
10 participants
Squak Mountain/May Valley Access
Sat, Aug 22, 2020
Registration opens Jul 22
11 participants
Ptarmigan Ridge
Sat, Sep 5, 2020
Registration opens Aug 26
10 participants
Indian Bar-Cowlitz Divide
Sat, Sep 12, 2020
Registration opens Aug 26
10 participants
Marmot Pass & Buckhorn Mountain
Sat, Sep 26, 2020
Registration opens Aug 26
10 participants
CHS - Coast Cleanup Weekend (optional)
NatureBridge Olympic
Fri, Apr 17, 2020 -
Sun, Apr 19, 2020
Registration opens Mar 25; Instructor registration open now
30 participants
3 instructors
$145.00
Shi Shi Beach
Sat, Apr 18, 2020
Registration opens Mar 25
33 participants
Spruce Railroad Trail
Sun, Apr 19, 2020
Registration opens Mar 25
11 participants
Pyramid Mountain
Sun, Apr 19, 2020
Registration opens Mar 25
11 participants
CHS - Mt. Rainier Campout (optional)
Panhandle Gap
Sat, Jul 25, 2020
Registration opens Jun 24
11 participants
Indian Bar-Cowlitz Divide
Sat, Jul 25, 2020
Registration opens Jun 24
11 participants
Snowgrass Flat, Goat Lake & Hawkeye Point
Sat, Jul 25, 2020
Registration opens Jun 24
11 participants
Panhandle Gap
Sun, Jul 26, 2020
Registration closes Jul 24
11 participants
Third Burroughs Mountain
Sun, Jul 26, 2020
Registration opens Jun 24
11 participants
Mount Fremont Lookout, Berkeley Park & Skyscraper Mountain
Sun, Jul 26, 2020
Registration opens Jun 24
11 participants
CHS - North Cascades Campout (optional)
Cascade Pass & Sahale Arm
Sat, Aug 29, 2020
Registration opens Jul 22
11 participants
Maple Pass Loop
Sat, Aug 29, 2020
Registration opens Jul 22
11 participants
Cutthroat Lake & Pass
Sat, Aug 29, 2020
Registration opens Jul 22
11 participants
Cascade Pass & Sahale Arm
Sun, Aug 30, 2020
Registration opens Jul 22
11 participants
Stilleto Peak Lookout
Sun, Aug 30, 2020
Registration opens Jul 22
11 participants
Sourdough Mountain
Sun, Aug 30, 2020
Registration opens Jul 22
11 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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