Conditioning Hiking Series - Seattle - 2021

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.

* The 2021 course is full.  Due to the pandemic-related cancellation of the 2020 course, the  2020 participant roster was carried over.  Normal course registration procedures will resume for the 2022 course. We anticipate that the 2022 course will be posted to the club website by mid-Dec 2021 with registration available beginning Feb 2022.

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Participants must be a Mountaineers member with current waiver on file to register for the course.  In 2021, all course leaders and participants  are required to adhere to current Mountaineers COVID-19 protocol and guidelines

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.  The Seattle 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 2021 CHS program consists of a short mandatory online course refresher, 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 course refresher series 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 20/21 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 < 2.0 mph pace group) and here (for the CHS 2 > 2.0 mph faster pace group).  

Miscellaneous Details:

Other popular annual events (all optional) offered with Seattle CHS include an Olympics campout weekend (June) with hikes to scenic peninsula locales, a Mt. Rainier campout weekend featuring  hikes in and around the park (July), and a North Cascades campout weekend highlighting several stunning hike destinations in the 'American Alps' (August).  Our optional overnight trips have extra costs associated with them. 

In 2021, all course leaders and participants  are required to adhere to current Mountaineers COVID-19 protocol and guidelines

Badges you will earn:

Course Requirements
Course Activity Date Availability Leader
CHS 2 Hike (optional)
Kendall Katwalk
Thu, Jul 29, 2021
Registration closed Jul 27
5 participants
Sourdough Mountain
Thu, Jul 29, 2021
Registration closed Jul 28
5 participants
West Fork Foss Lakes
Sat, Jul 31, 2021
Registration closes Jul 29
4 participants
Third Burroughs Mountain
Sat, Jul 31, 2021
Registration closes Jul 29
4 participants
Scott Paul Trail & Park Butte
Thu, Aug 5, 2021
Registration closes Aug 3
3 participants
Mount Teneriffe
Fri, Aug 6, 2021
Registration closes Aug 4
5 participants
Ridge & Gravel Lakes
Sat, Aug 7, 2021
Registration closes Aug 5
3 participants
Excelsior Peak & Damfino Lakes
Fri, Aug 13, 2021
Registration closes Aug 11
4 participants
Necklace Valley
Sat, Aug 14, 2021
Registration closes Aug 12
4 participants
Crystal Mountain Backcountry
Sat, Aug 14, 2021
Registration closes Aug 12
5 participants
Surprise Mountain
Sat, Aug 14, 2021
Registration closes Aug 12
2 participants
Snowgrass Flat & Goat Lake
Sun, Aug 15, 2021
Registration closes Aug 12
7 participants
Thunder Creek–Fourth of July Pass
Sat, Aug 21, 2021
Registration closes Aug 19
0 participants
Sourdough Mountain
Sat, Aug 21, 2021
Registration closes Aug 19
5 participants
Marmot & Jade Lakes
Sat, Aug 21, 2021
Registration closes Aug 5
4 participants
Cutthroat Lake & Pass
Sun, Aug 22, 2021
Registration closes Aug 19
1 participant on waitlist
Pacific Crest Trail: Snoqualmie Pass to Windy Pass
Thu, Aug 26, 2021
Registration closes Aug 24
1 participant
Phelps Creek to Spider Gap
Sat, Aug 28, 2021
Registration closes Aug 26
7 participants
Marmot Pass & Buckhorn Mountain
Sat, Aug 28, 2021
Registration closes Aug 26
0 participants
Enchantments Traverse
Sat, Sep 4, 2021
Registration opens Aug 25
7 participants
Gladys Divide
Sun, Sep 5, 2021
Registration opens Aug 25
7 participants
Grand Ridge (Olympics)
Sat, Sep 11, 2021
Registration opens Aug 25
6 participants
Seven Lakes Basin & High Divide
Sat, Sep 18, 2021
Registration opens Aug 25
7 participants
Snowgrass Flat, Goat Lake & Hawkeye Point
Sat, Sep 25, 2021
Registration opens Aug 25
7 participants
CHS 1 Hike (optional)
Hidden Lake Lookout
Thu, Jul 29, 2021
Registration closed Jul 27
0 participants
Josephine Lake
Sat, Jul 31, 2021
Registration closes Jul 29
0 participants
Kendall Katwalk
Mon, Aug 2, 2021
Registration closes Jul 31
1 participant
Mailbox Peak
Tue, Aug 3, 2021
Registration closes Aug 1
6 participants
Scott Paul-Park Butte Loop
Wed, Aug 4, 2021
Registration closes Aug 2
3 participants on waitlist
Panhandle Gap
Fri, Aug 6, 2021
Registration closes Aug 4
2 participants
Navaho Pass
Sat, Aug 7, 2021
Registration closes Aug 5
7 participants
Shoe Lake
Sun, Aug 8, 2021
Registration closes Aug 6
3 participants
Thompson Lake
Mon, Aug 9, 2021
Registration closes Aug 7
2 participants
Summerland & Panhandle Gap
Wed, Aug 11, 2021
Registration closes Aug 9
2 participants
Kendall Katwalk
Fri, Aug 13, 2021
Registration closes Aug 11
1 participant
Coldwater Peak
Sat, Aug 14, 2021
Registration closes Aug 12
8 participants
Excelsior Peak
Sun, Aug 15, 2021
Registration closes Aug 13
4 participants
0 instructors
Little Giant Pass
Wed, Aug 18, 2021
Registration closes Aug 16
3 participants
Cascade Pass & Sahale Arm
Fri, Aug 20, 2021
Registration closes Aug 18
2 participants on waitlist
Rainy Pass to Cutthroat Pass
Sat, Aug 21, 2021
Registration closes Aug 19
0 participants
Stilleto Peak Lookout
Sat, Aug 21, 2021
Registration closes Aug 19
7 participants
Glacier Basin
Fri, Aug 27, 2021
Registration closes Aug 25
2 participants
Tubal Cain Mine, Buckhorn Lake & Marmot Pass
Sat, Aug 28, 2021
Registration closes Aug 26
9 participants
Maple Pass Loop
Fri, Sep 3, 2021
Registration opens Aug 25
6 participants
North Fork Skokomish River & Flapjack Lakes
Mon, Sep 6, 2021
Registration opens Aug 25
10 participants
Ptarmigan Ridge
Fri, Sep 10, 2021
Registration opens Aug 25
6 participants
Surprise Lake & Mountain
Sat, Sep 11, 2021
Registration opens Aug 25
7 participants
Mount Teneriffe-Mount Si Traverse
Mon, Sep 13, 2021
Registration closes Sep 11
6 participants
Indian Bar-Cowlitz Divide
Sat, Sep 18, 2021
Registration opens Aug 25
6 participants
CHS - North Cascades Campout (optional)
Colonial Creek Campground
Thu, Aug 19, 2021
Registration closes Aug 17
7 participants
$7.50
Colonial Creek Campground
Fri, Aug 20, 2021
Registration closes Aug 18
14 participants
$7.50
Colonial Creek Campground
Sat, Aug 21, 2021
Registration closes Aug 19
15 participants
$7.50
Colonial Creek Campground
Sun, Aug 22, 2021
Registration closes Aug 20
2 participants
$7.50
CHS - Just for Fun (optional)
Maple Pass Loop
Sun, Aug 22, 2021
Registration closes Aug 19
10 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
2 instructors

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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