Conditioning Hiking Series - Seattle - 2022

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, ending with a graduation hike in September. PLEASE READ OUR COVID POLICY BELOW (click on MORE+)

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.

Registration Open to All:  Starting 08:00 AM, February 8th. 

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 ASAP after registering for the Course. You can do so by sending in a pic of your vaccine card or your QR code to chsvaxinfo@gmail.com.  Unless you tell us otherwise you will then be awarded a Mountaineers "Covid Vaccination" Badge that will show up in your profile.  This will then preclude the need to send in proof of vax for other Mountaineers activities.  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 strive to re-evaluate protocols closer to the course dates and, in keeping with the Mountaineers COVID Guidelines, we will modify our COVID protocols accordingly.

Cost: The course fee is $160.00. 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 over time by hiking with many of the same people on each trip.  All hikes are limited to current participants and former CHS 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 dedicate time outside of the course to 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 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.   If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the course leaders.

Prior to your first hike in April, you will choose your preference for moderate (CHS1) or faster (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.  Once the course begins in April any participant who has trouble keeping up with the group on a CHS2 hike may be asked to switch to CHS1.

Where We Hike:  Our hike destinations vary depending on anticipated conditions (snow, etc) 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).  

Additional Info:  Other popular annual events* (all optional) offered with Seattle CHS include a Coast Clean-Up Weekend (with lodging) on the Olympic Coast,  A Columbia Gorge Weekend (May) near Cascade Locks, a  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 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 2 Hike (optional)
Little Si
Fri, May 27, 2022
Registration closed May 25
1 participant
Greider Lakes
Sat, May 28, 2022
Registration closed May 26
1 participant
Snoquera Palisades
Sat, May 28, 2022
Registration closed May 26
0 participants
Ingalls Creek
Mon, May 30, 2022
Registration closes May 28
1 participant on waitlist
0 instructors
Talus Loop via Teneriffe Trailhead
Sat, Jun 4, 2022
Registration closes Jun 2
3 participants
Middle Fork Snoqualmie: Upstream
Sun, Jun 5, 2022
Registration closes Jun 3
0 participants
Pratt Lake Trail
Sun, Jun 5, 2022
Registration closes Jun 3
3 participants
Navaho Pass
Sat, Jun 11, 2022
Registration closes Jun 9
0 participants
Grand Prospect
Sat, Jun 11, 2022
Registration closes Jun 9
0 participants
Squak Mountain: Sycamore Access
Sun, Jun 12, 2022
Registration closes Jun 10
3 participants
Johnson Creek—Medra Pass
Sun, Jun 12, 2022
Registration closes Jun 9
0 participants
Navaho Pass
Thu, Jun 16, 2022
Registration closes Jun 14
1 participant
Perry Creek
Sat, Jun 18, 2022
Registration closes Jun 16
1 participant on waitlist
Chuckanut Ridge & Mountain
Sun, Jun 19, 2022
Registration closes Jun 17
1 participant on waitlist
Pratt Lake Trail
Sun, Jun 19, 2022
Registration closes Jun 17
1 participant on waitlist
Mount Si Old Trail
Fri, Jun 24, 2022
Registration closes Jun 22
3 participants
Mount Muller Divide Trail
Sat, Jun 25, 2022
Registration closes Jun 23
5 participants
The Enchantments/Colchuck Lake
Sat, Jun 25, 2022
Registration closes Jun 23
3 participants on waitlist
Tubal Cain Mine, Buckhorn Lake & Marmot Pass
Sat, Jun 25, 2022
Registration closes Jun 23
5 participants
Gem Lake
Sun, Jun 26, 2022
Registration closes Jun 24
3 participants on waitlist
Marmot Pass
Sun, Jun 26, 2022
Registration closes Jun 24
5 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
Benchmark Mountain via West Cady Ridge
Sun, Jul 3, 2022
Registration opens Jun 22
6 participants
Tunnel Creek to Surprise 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
8 participants
Berkeley Park
Sat, Jul 23, 2022
Registration opens Jun 22
8 participants
Laughingwater Creek-Three Lakes
Sun, Jul 24, 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 20
8 participants
West Fork Foss Lakes
Sun, Aug 7, 2022
Registration opens Jul 20
8 participants
Wonderland Trail: Longmire to Reflection Lakes
Sat, Aug 13, 2022
Registration opens Jul 20
8 participants
Indian Bar-Cowlitz Divide
Sat, Aug 20, 2022
Registration opens Jul 20
8 participants
Cascade Pass & Sahale Arm
Sat, Aug 20, 2022
Registration opens Jul 20
8 participants
Stilleto Peak Lookout
Sat, Aug 20, 2022
Registration opens Jul 20
8 participants
Thunder Creek–Fourth of July Pass
Sun, Aug 21, 2022
Registration opens Jul 20
8 participants
Around Mother Mountain
Sat, Aug 27, 2022
Registration opens Jul 20
8 participants
Pacific Crest Trail: Snoqualmie Pass to Windy Pass
Sun, Aug 28, 2022
Registration opens Jul 20
8 participants
Enchantments Traverse
Sat, Sep 3, 2022
Registration opens Aug 17
6 participants
Pete & Spectacle Lakes
Sun, Sep 4, 2022
Registration opens Aug 17
8 participants
CHS 1 Hike (optional)
Monte Cristo
Sat, May 28, 2022
Registration closed May 26
2 participants
Yakima Skyline Ridge
Sun, May 29, 2022
Registration closed May 26
1 participant on waitlist
Cashmere Canyons Preserve
Fri, Jun 3, 2022
Registration closes Jun 2
5 participants
Fragrance & Lost Lakes
Sat, Jun 4, 2022
Registration closes Jun 2
7 participants
1 instructor
Granite Creek Trail
Sat, Jun 4, 2022
Registration closes Jun 2
2 participants
Lower Big Quilcene
Sun, Jun 5, 2022
Registration closes Jun 3
5 participants
Iron Peak
Sun, Jun 5, 2022
Registration closes Jun 3
5 participants
Twin Falls (Olallie State Park)
Mon, Jun 6, 2022
Registration closes Jun 4
4 participants
0 instructors
Deception Creek
Sat, Jun 11, 2022
Registration closes Jun 9
2 participants
Mason Lake
Sun, Jun 12, 2022
Registration closes Jun 9
1 participant on waitlist
Mount Washington (Snoqualmie)
Mon, Jun 13, 2022
Registration closes Jun 11
6 participants
Goat Lake (Monte Cristo)
Sat, Jun 18, 2022
Registration closes Jun 16
2 participants
Granite Lakes via Granite Creek
Sun, Jun 19, 2022
Registration closes Jun 17
4 participants
Kloshe Nanitch Lookout
Sat, Jun 25, 2022
Registration closes Jun 23
3 participants
Scorpion Mountain
Sat, Jun 25, 2022
Registration closes Jun 23
0 participants
Pacific Crest Trail: Snoqualmie Pass to Windy Pass
Sat, Jun 25, 2022
Registration closes Jun 23
6 participants
Lake Serene
Sun, Jun 26, 2022
Registration closes Jun 24
2 participants
Deer Lake
Sun, Jun 26, 2022
Registration closes Jun 24
7 participants
1 instructor
Rainbow & Island Lakes
Sat, Jul 9, 2022
Registration opens Jun 22
6 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 Whatcom Park: Chanterelle Trail
Fri, Jul 22, 2022
Registration opens Jun 22
5 participants
Lake Valhalla
Sat, Jul 23, 2022
Registration opens Jun 22; Instructor registration open now
10 participants
1 instructor
Van Trump Park
Sat, Jul 23, 2022
Registration opens Jun 22
8 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
Lake Valhalla & Mount McCausland
Sat, Jul 30, 2022
Registration opens Jun 22
8 participants
Josephine Lake & Tunnel Creek
Sun, Jul 31, 2022
Registration opens Jun 22
6 participants
Grand Valley & Moose Lake
Mon, Aug 1, 2022
Registration opens Jul 20
8 participants
Spider Meadows
Thu, Aug 4, 2022
Registration opens Jul 20
8 participants
Third Burroughs Mountain
Thu, Aug 11, 2022
Registration opens Jul 20
8 participants
Kendall Katwalk
Sat, Aug 13, 2022
Registration opens Jul 20; Instructor registration open now
10 participants
1 instructor
Summerland & Panhandle Gap
Thu, Aug 18, 2022
Registration opens Jul 20
8 participants
Mailbox Peak
Mon, Aug 22, 2022
Registration opens Jul 20
8 participants
Thompson Lake
Mon, Aug 29, 2022
Registration opens Jul 20
8 participants
Cady Ridge & Pacific Crest Trail
Sat, Sep 3, 2022
Registration opens Aug 17
8 participants
Indian Bar-Cowlitz Divide
Sat, Sep 10, 2022
Registration opens Aug 17
8 participants
Mount Teneriffe-Mount Si Traverse
Mon, Sep 12, 2022
Registration opens Aug 17
8 participants
Surprise Lake & Mountain
Sat, Sep 24, 2022
Registration opens Aug 17
6 participants
CHS Campout - Tent Site (optional)
Dungeness Recreation Area
Thu, Jun 23, 2022 -
Fri, Jun 24, 2022
Registration closes Jun 21
14 participants
$10.00
Dungeness Recreation Area
Fri, Jun 24, 2022 -
Sat, Jun 25, 2022
Registration closes Jun 22
35 participants
$10.00
Dungeness Recreation Area
Sat, Jun 25, 2022 -
Sun, Jun 26, 2022
Registration closes Jun 23
35 participants
$10.00
Dungeness Recreation Area
Sun, Jun 26, 2022 -
Mon, Jun 27, 2022
Registration closes Jun 24
14 participants
$10.00
CHS - Just for Fun (optional)
Dungeness Spit
Sun, Jun 26, 2022
Registration closes Jun 24
10 participants

Additional badges needed to graduate

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