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.

Participants must be a Mountaineers member with current waiver on file to register for the course.   Please email info@mountaineers.org with registration questions.

Priority registration: January 26th thru February 8th for first time participants only.

COVID POLICY:   All students and instructors are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to participate in this course. Students will be required to show proof of vaccination prior to attending the orientation meeting. More detail on the process will be emailed. Participants  will be required to keep up to date with current public guidelines for boosters, exposure for quarantine, etc. from the Mountaineers, King County, Washington, and the CDC. Additionally, masks will be required when indoors for in-person lectures. 

Due to the ongoing pandemic and the rise of variants of the COVID-19 virus, we will evaluate the restrictions closer to the course dates and modify the course as needed for the safety of our students and instructors.

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 current participants and former graduates.

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 2022 CHS program consists of a mandatory orientation, a minimum of two CHS hikes per month building in mileage and elevation gain from April through August, and a graduation hike in September. During orientation, we will cover basic information that is needed to prep for longer hikes, and also to go over course guidelines and expectations.  Participants are also required to earn a Stewardship Credit  (by completing one day of trail maintenance), as well as their  Low Impact Recreation badge (consisting of a few videos and a quiz) in order to graduate. 

This is typically a very popular series, and there is usually a long waitlist, so please  be committed to putting in the time and effort to graduate before registering and claiming 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 in March 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 try to offer hikes on each Sat/Sun of every month, as well as occasional weekday offerings for those with flexible schedules. 

To get an idea of the types of hikes that will be offered and when, 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.   Note that in 2021 the structure of these campout weekends was changed due to Covid-19, and exactly what these will look like in 2022 is still to-be-determined.

Badges you will earn:

Course Requirements
Course Activity Date Availability Leader
CHS Mixer (optional)
Seattle Program Center
Thu, Mar 3, 2022
Registration opens Jan 26
73 participants
CHS Orientation
Seattle Program Center
Sat, Mar 12, 2022
Registration opens Feb 1
119 participants
CHS 2 Pacing Hike (optional)
Tiger Mountain Trail
Sat, Mar 26, 2022
Registration opens Mar 12
8 participants
CHS 1 Pacing Hike (optional)
Lord Hill Regional Park
Sat, Mar 26, 2022
Registration opens Mar 12
8 participants
CHS 2 Hike (optional)
Wilderness Peak Loop
Sat, Apr 2, 2022
Registration opens Mar 23
8 participants
Teneriffe Falls
Sat, Apr 2, 2022
Registration opens Mar 23
8 participants
Grand Prospect
Sun, Apr 3, 2022
Registration opens Mar 23
8 participants
Baldy (Yakima Canyon)
Sat, Apr 9, 2022
Registration opens Mar 23
8 participants
Oyster Dome
Sat, Apr 9, 2022
Registration opens Mar 23
6 participants
Lily & Lizard Lakes
Sun, Apr 10, 2022
Registration opens Mar 23
8 participants
May Valley Loop
Sat, Apr 16, 2022
Registration opens Mar 23
8 participants
Umtanum Ridge
Sat, Apr 16, 2022
Registration opens Mar 23
8 participants
Margaret's Way to Chybinski Loop Trail
Sun, Apr 17, 2022
Registration opens Mar 23
8 participants
Black Canyon (Umtanum Ridge)
Sun, Apr 17, 2022
Registration opens Mar 23
8 participants
Hoh River
Sun, Apr 24, 2022
Registration opens Mar 23
8 participants
Wallace Falls
Sat, Apr 30, 2022
Registration opens Mar 23
8 participants
Chuckanut Ridge
Sun, May 1, 2022
Registration opens Apr 20
8 participants
Poo Poo Point via High School Trail
Fri, May 6, 2022
Registration opens Apr 20
8 participants
Middle Fork Snoqualmie River
Sat, May 7, 2022
Registration opens Apr 20
6 participants
Grand Prospect
Sat, May 7, 2022
Registration opens Apr 20
8 participants
Bridal Veil Falls & Lake Serene
Sat, May 14, 2022
Registration opens Apr 20
8 participants
Eagle Creek to Tunnel Falls
Fri, May 20, 2022
Registration opens Apr 20
8 participants
Mount Si Old Trail
Sat, May 21, 2022
Registration opens Apr 20
8 participants
Multnomah Falls, Angels Rest, Devils Rest & Wahkeena Falls
Sat, May 21, 2022
Registration opens Apr 20
8 participants
Coyote Wall—The Labyrinth Loop
Sun, May 22, 2022
Registration opens Apr 20
8 participants
Talus Loop via Teneriffe Trailhead
Sat, Jun 4, 2022
Registration opens May 25
8 participants
Squak Mountain: Sycamore Access
Sun, Jun 12, 2022
Registration opens May 25
8 participants
Navaho Pass
Thu, Jun 16, 2022
Registration opens May 25
8 participants
Perry Creek
Sat, Jun 18, 2022
Registration opens May 25
8 participants
Klahane Ridge
Sat, Jun 25, 2022
Registration opens May 25
8 participants
The Enchantments/Colchuck Lake
Sat, Jun 25, 2022
Registration opens May 25
6 participants
Mount Si Old Trail
Sun, Jun 26, 2022
Registration opens May 25
8 participants
Rainbow & Island Lakes
Fri, Jul 1, 2022
Registration opens Jun 22
8 participants
Royal Basin
Sat, Jul 2, 2022
Registration opens Jun 22
8 participants
Mount Teneriffe
Sat, Jul 2, 2022
Registration opens Jun 22
8 participants
Tunnel Creek
Sat, Jul 16, 2022
Registration opens Jun 22
8 participants
Indian Bar-Cowlitz Divide
Sat, Jul 23, 2022
Registration opens Jun 22
8 participants
Third Burroughs Mountain
Sat, Jul 23, 2022
Registration opens Jun 22
6 participants
Berkeley Park
Sat, Jul 23, 2022
Registration opens Jun 22
8 participants
Ridge & Gravel Lakes
Sun, Jul 31, 2022
Registration opens Jun 22
8 participants
Shoe Lake
Sat, Aug 6, 2022
Registration opens Jul 27
6 participants
Wonderland Trail: Longmire to Reflection Lakes
Sat, Aug 13, 2022
Registration opens Jul 27
8 participants
Indian Bar-Cowlitz Divide
Sat, Aug 20, 2022
Registration opens Jul 27
8 participants
Cascade Pass & Sahale Arm
Sat, Aug 20, 2022
Registration opens Jul 27
8 participants
Around Mother Mountain
Sat, Aug 27, 2022
Registration opens Jul 27
8 participants
Pacific Crest Trail: Snoqualmie Pass to Windy Pass
Sun, Aug 28, 2022
Registration opens Jul 27
8 participants
Enchantments Traverse
Sat, Sep 3, 2022
Registration opens Aug 24
6 participants
Marmot & Jade Lakes
Sun, Sep 4, 2022
Registration opens Aug 24
8 participants
CHS 1 Hike (optional)
Squak Mountain: Bullitt Fireplace Access
Sat, Apr 2, 2022
Registration opens Mar 23
6 participants
Little Si & Boulder Garden Loop
Mon, Apr 4, 2022
Registration opens Mar 23
8 participants
Pratt River Connector Trail
Tue, Apr 5, 2022
Registration opens Mar 23
8 participants
Baker Lake
Fri, Apr 8, 2022
Registration opens Mar 23
6 participants
Dirty Harry's Balcony
Sat, Apr 9, 2022
Registration opens Mar 23
8 participants
Ebeys Landing
Sat, Apr 16, 2022
Registration opens Mar 23
8 participants
Margaret's Way
Mon, Apr 18, 2022
Registration opens Mar 23
8 participants
Discovery Park
Sun, Apr 24, 2022
Registration opens Mar 23
6 participants
Bowman Bay
Sun, Apr 24, 2022
Registration opens Mar 23
6 participants
Little Si
Wed, Apr 27, 2022
Registration opens Mar 23
6 participants
Lily & Lizard Lakes
Sat, Apr 30, 2022
Registration opens Mar 23
6 participants
Kamikaze (Teneriffe) Falls
Mon, May 2, 2022
Registration opens Apr 20
8 participants
Wallace Falls Loop
Sat, May 7, 2022
Registration opens Apr 20
6 participants
Icicle Ridge
Sat, May 7, 2022
Registration opens Apr 20
6 participants
Little Si & Boulder Garden Loop
Tue, May 10, 2022
Registration opens Apr 20
6 participants
Snoquera Palisades
Sat, May 14, 2022
Registration opens Apr 20
8 participants
Lost Valley Loop
Sat, May 14, 2022
Registration opens Apr 20
8 participants
Ingalls Creek
Sun, May 15, 2022
Registration opens Apr 20
6 participants
Poo Poo Point via High School Trail
Mon, May 16, 2022
Registration opens Mar 23
8 participants
Mount Sawyer & Tonga Ridge
Sat, May 21, 2022
Registration opens Apr 20
8 participants
Monte Cristo
Sat, May 28, 2022
Registration opens Apr 20
8 participants
Fragrance & Lost Lakes
Sat, Jun 4, 2022
Registration opens May 25
6 participants
Skyscraper Mountain
Sat, Jun 4, 2022
Registration opens May 25
8 participants
Twin Falls (Olallie State Park)
Mon, Jun 6, 2022
Registration opens May 25
8 participants
Mount Washington (Snoqualmie)
Mon, Jun 13, 2022
Registration opens May 25
8 participants
Navaho Pass
Sat, Jun 18, 2022
Registration opens May 25
8 participants
Goat Lake (Monte Cristo)
Sat, Jun 18, 2022
Registration opens May 25
8 participants
Lake Serene
Sun, Jun 19, 2022
Registration opens May 25
6 participants
Scorpion Mountain
Sat, Jun 25, 2022
Registration opens May 25
8 participants
Gem Lake
Wed, Jul 6, 2022
Registration opens Jun 22
8 participants
Dirty Harry's Peak
Mon, Jul 18, 2022
Registration opens Jun 22
8 participants
Tubal Cain Mine, Buckhorn Lake & Marmot Pass
Tue, Jul 19, 2022
Registration opens Jun 22
8 participants
Lake Valhalla
Sat, Jul 23, 2022
Registration opens Jun 22
6 participants
Third Burroughs Mountain
Sun, Jul 24, 2022
Registration opens Jun 22
8 participants
Cutthroat Lake & Pass
Tue, Jul 26, 2022
Registration opens Jun 22
8 participants
Summerland & Panhandle Gap
Thu, Aug 4, 2022
Registration opens Jul 27
8 participants
Indian Henry's Hunting Ground
Sat, Aug 6, 2022
Registration opens Jul 27
8 participants
Lake Valhalla & Mount McCausland
Thu, Aug 11, 2022
Registration opens Jul 27
8 participants
Third Burroughs Mountain
Thu, Aug 11, 2022
Registration opens Jul 27
8 participants
Kendall Katwalk
Sat, Aug 13, 2022
Registration opens Jul 27
6 participants
Spider Meadows
Thu, Aug 18, 2022
Registration opens Jul 27
8 participants
Mailbox Peak
Mon, Aug 22, 2022
Registration opens Jul 27
8 participants
Thompson Lake
Mon, Aug 29, 2022
Registration opens Jul 27
8 participants
Indian Bar-Cowlitz Divide
Sat, Sep 10, 2022
Registration opens Aug 24
8 participants
Mount Teneriffe-Mount Si Traverse
Mon, Sep 12, 2022
Registration opens Aug 24
8 participants
Royal Basin
Sat, Sep 24, 2022
Registration opens Aug 24
6 participants
CHS - Just for Fun (optional)
Dungeness Spit
Sun, Jun 26, 2022
Registration closes Jun 24
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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