Conditioning Hiking Series 2024

Day Hiking Course

Conditioning Hiking Series

A course for EXPERIENCED hiking enthusiasts who are interested in challenging themselves by working up to long-distance day hikes of 15+ miles with significant elevation gain. We start hiking in April and build on mileage and elevation each month, ending with a graduation hike in September. ***REGISTRATION is by LOTTERY ONLY***PLEASE SEE BELOW FOR LINK to the LOTTERY and FULL COURSE INFO and EXPECTATIONS***

This course is a big commitment, so to learn about what is expected 

*** PLEASE READ ON! ***


Lottery-based registration:  We anticipate that  all spots in the course will be filled through the lottery.  To learn more about and to enter the LOTTERY>>>GO HERE! 

Participants must be a Mountaineers member with current waiver on file to register for the CHS course.   Guest members may enter the lottery and postpone becoming  a full-member until the course registration if they wish. (This will not impact your chances in the lottery.)  For Mountaineer's Membership questions please email Member Services:   info@mountaineers.org

Cost: The course fee is $190.00. Scholarships are available.   

Cancellations are subject to the following partial refund schedule.   (The  $10 club cancellation fee is taken into account in the numbers below).

  • Before Apr 1 - $180 
  • Apr 1-30 - $135
  • May 1-31 - $90
  • After May 31 - no refund

Overview

 CHS IS A SIX MONTH COURSE

The Course kicks off in March and is designed to prepare hikers who are currently experienced at the moderate level for the challenges of strenuous, long-distance day hiking.  It is designed to offer welcoming small-group hiking opportunities in which participants can build relationships by hiking with many of the same people over the 6 month season.  All hikes are limited to current course participants along with CHS graduates (alumni) from past years.  (Current course participants always get priority in hike sign-ups.)

Minimum Qualifications 

This course is not meant for beginner hikers.  (If you are a novice hiker we suggest you check out the Mountaineers 'GoHike' series here.) 

For CHS, you should be capable of a minimum sustained pace of 1.5 miles per hour (think 1h20m up Rattlesnake Ledge trail or 2h40m up the Mt. Si trail).  Participants are strongly encouraged to dedicate time outside of the course to increase their strength and endurance and thus make their time on the trail that much more enjoyable. You should be available and committed to go on at least eleven hikes over the course of the summer. You should also be comfortable with group hiking and socializing with your fellow participants.

What to Expect

 The 2024 CHS program consists of:

  • Mandatory (no exceptions!Orientation, In-Person, on Sunday, March 10th (9:00am-3:30pm)   
  • A minimum of two CHS hikes per month building in mileage and elevation gain from April through August (5 months x 2 hikes/month = 10 hikes) 
  • And one graduation hike in September (= 11 hikes total for the Course)

During orientation, we will cover course guidelines and expectations, how to sign up for hikes, and other basics including the 10 essentials, nutrition for long days on the trail, fitness, etc

In order to graduate participants are required to earn a Stewardship Credit  by completing one day of trail maintenance or other work that falls under the Mountaineers definition of Stewardship (you have the whole season to complete this but we recommend getting it done as early as possible)

We also require a Low Impact Recreation badge- This process is all online and consists of a few videos and a quiz (acquiring this badge needs to be completed by June 1st) . 

This course has been historically very popular, so please be ready to put in the time and effort to graduate.  

Prior to your first hike in April, you will choose between moderate (CHS-1) or faster (CHS-2) paced hikes. If you are uncertain which "pace group" is best for you, we offer up "Pacing Hikes" 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 CHS-2 hike may be asked to switch to CHS-1.  

Where We Hike:  Our hike destinations vary greatly depending on our hike leaders preferences along with anticipated conditions (snow, etc). But in general our hikes range from Eastern WA to the Olympics, from Mt. Baker to the Columbia Gorge, and everywhere in between including our 3 fabulous National Parks, along with the Kitsap peninsula, Mount St. Helens, Hwy 2, and the I-90/Snoqualmie Corridor.  

We mainly offer hikes on Sat & Sun of every month, but we do try to offer some weekday hikes for those with flexible schedules. 

To get an idea of the types of hikes that will be offered and when, you can see the list of hikes that were offered in 2023 by clicking onto the the second tab in this google sheet (the first tab contains overview information and monthly hike specs).  It is important to understand that the actual hikes offered and the schedule are finalized on a month-to-month basis dependent on conditions, leader preferences, etc.   Each month, participants will be able to sign up for their two hikes for the following month.  For example, sign-ups for June hikes will be on Wednesday May 22nd.  (Sign-ups are always on Wednesdays, at 9am for CHS-1 hikes and at 1pm for CHS-2 hikes.)

Additional Info:  Other popular annual events** (all optional) offered with Seattle CHS include:

  • Coast Clean-Up Weekend (with lodging) on the Olympic Coast, April 19-21
  • Columbia Gorge Weekend (near Cascade Locks), May 17-20
  • Mt. Rainier Campout Weekend, July 18-21, (featuring  hikes in and around the park)
  • North Cascades Campout Weekend, August 8-11,  (depending on conditions this weekend may be switched to the Olympic Peninsula)

**Please note that our optional overnight trips will entail extra lodging and/or campsite costs. 

All CHS graduates become eligible to sign up for the ongoing (year to year) CHS Alumni Course. 

Badges you will earn:

Course Requirements
Course Activity Date Availability Leader
CHS 2 Hike (optional)
Snowgrass Flat & Goat Lake Basin
Sat, Jul 20, 2024
Registration closed Jul 18
1 participant
0 instructors
Norse Peak
Sat, Jul 20, 2024
Registration closed Jul 18
1 participant
0 instructors
Summerland, Panhandle Gap & Indian Bar
Sat, Jul 20, 2024
Registration closed Jul 18
1 participant
0 instructors
Tatoosh Peak
Sun, Jul 21, 2024
Registration closed Jul 19
2 participants
0 instructors
Skyscraper Mountain
Sun, Jul 21, 2024
Registration closed Jul 19
6 participants
1 instructor
West Fork Foss Lakes
Fri, Jul 26, 2024
Registration closes Jul 24
4 participants
0 instructors
Thunder Mountain Lakes
Sat, Jul 27, 2024
Registration closes Jul 25
4 participants on waitlist
0 instructors
Crystal Mountain Loop
Sun, Jul 28, 2024
Registration closes Jul 26
1 participant on waitlist
0 instructors
Ridge & Gravel Lakes
Sun, Jul 28, 2024
Registration closes Jul 26
2 participants
0 instructors
Shoe Lake
Sat, Aug 3, 2024
Registration closes Aug 16
0 participants
0 instructors
Cascade Pass & Sahale Arm
Sat, Aug 3, 2024
Registration closes Aug 8
0 participants
0 instructors
Waptus River
Sun, Aug 4, 2024
Registration closes Aug 2
4 participants
1 instructor
Grand Valley
Sat, Aug 10, 2024
Registration closes Aug 8
5 participants
0 instructors
Heather Park-Lake Angeles Loop
Sat, Aug 10, 2024
Registration closes Aug 8
5 participants
1 instructor
Royal Basin
Sat, Aug 10, 2024
Registration closes Aug 8
4 participants
0 instructors
Rachel, Rampart & Lila Lakes
Sat, Aug 10, 2024
Registration closes Aug 8
3 participants
0 instructors
Cascade Pass & Sahale Arm
Sun, Aug 11, 2024
Registration closes Aug 9
0 participants
1 instructor
Benchmark Mountain via West Cady Ridge
Sat, Aug 17, 2024
Registration closes Aug 15
6 participants
0 instructors
Cascade Pass & Sahale Arm
Sat, Aug 17, 2024
Registration closes Aug 15
0 participants
0 instructors
Lower Tuscohatchie Lake
Sun, Aug 18, 2024
Registration closes Aug 16
1 participant
1 instructor
Surprise Mountain
Wed, Aug 21, 2024
Registration closes Aug 19
1 participant
1 instructor
Burroughs Mountain
Wed, Aug 21, 2024
Registration closes Aug 19
5 participants
0 instructors
Around Mother Mountain
Sat, Aug 24, 2024
Registration closes Aug 22
3 participants on waitlist
0 instructors
Nason Ridge
Sun, Aug 25, 2024
Registration closes Aug 23
2 participants
1 instructor
Talapus Lake Trail
Sun, Aug 25, 2024
Registration closes Aug 23
0 participants
0 instructors
Indian Bar-Cowlitz Divide
Wed, Aug 28, 2024
Registration closes Aug 26
2 participants
0 instructors
Kendall Katwalk
Sat, Aug 31, 2024
Registration closes Aug 29
3 participants on waitlist
0 instructors
Double Si
Sat, Aug 31, 2024
Registration closes Aug 29
6 participants
1 instructor
Cispus Pass
Sun, Sep 1, 2024
Registration opens Aug 14; Instructor registration open now
8 participants
0 instructors
Tunnel Creek to Surprise Creek
Sat, Sep 7, 2024
Registration opens Aug 14; Instructor registration open now
8 participants
0 instructors
Snow Lake
Sun, Sep 8, 2024
Registration opens Aug 14; Instructor registration open now
8 participants
0 instructors
Middle Fork Snoqualmie River
Sun, Sep 8, 2024
Registration opens Aug 14; Instructor registration open now
8 participants
0 instructors
Enchantments Traverse
Thu, Sep 12, 2024
Registration opens Aug 14; Instructor registration open now
6 participants
0 instructors
Seven Lakes Basin & High Divide
Sat, Sep 21, 2024
Registration opens Aug 14; Instructor registration open now
8 participants
0 instructors
Gladys Divide
Sat, Sep 21, 2024
Registration opens Aug 14; Instructor registration open now
6 participants
1 instructor
Wildcat Lakes
Mon, Sep 23, 2024
Registration opens Aug 14; Instructor registration open now
6 participants
0 instructors
CHS 1 Hike (optional)
Dumbbell Lake Loop
Sat, Jul 20, 2024
Registration closed Jul 18
2 participants
0 instructors
Naches Peak Loop
Sun, Jul 21, 2024
Registration closed Jul 17
1 participant on waitlist
0 instructors
Spider Meadows, Spider Gap, Lyman Lakes & Buck Creek Pass
Thu, Jul 25, 2024
Registration closes Jul 23
1 participant
0 instructors
Greenwater & Lost Lakes
Sat, Jul 27, 2024
Registration closes Jul 25
0 participants
1 instructor
Rainbow & Island Lakes
Sat, Jul 27, 2024
Registration closes Jul 25
3 participants
0 instructors
Goat Lake (Monte Cristo)
Wed, Jul 31, 2024
Registration closes Jul 29
3 participants on waitlist
0 instructors
Cispus Pass
Sun, Aug 4, 2024
Registration closes Aug 2
2 participants
1 instructor
Lake Valhalla
Thu, Aug 8, 2024
Registration closes Aug 13
2 participants on waitlist
0 instructors
Obstruction Point Road
Thu, Aug 8, 2024
Registration closes Aug 6
4 participants
1 instructor
Mount Muller Divide Trail
Fri, Aug 9, 2024
Registration closes Aug 7
5 participants
1 instructor
Kendall Katwalk
Sat, Aug 10, 2024
Registration closes Aug 8
0 participants
0 instructors
Grand Ridge (Olympics)
Sat, Aug 10, 2024
Registration closes Aug 8
6 participants
0 instructors
West Elwha Trail
Sun, Aug 11, 2024
Registration closes Aug 9
5 participants
0 instructors
Gold Creek
Sun, Aug 11, 2024
Registration closes Aug 9
5 participants
1 instructor
Gothic Basin
Mon, Aug 12, 2024
Registration closes Aug 10
0 participants
1 instructor
Surprise & Glacier Lakes
Mon, Aug 12, 2024
Registration closes Aug 10
2 participants
0 instructors
Berkeley Park
Thu, Aug 15, 2024
Registration closes Aug 6
0 participants
0 instructors
Cascade Pass & Sahale Arm
Sun, Aug 18, 2024
Registration closes Aug 16
1 participant
1 instructor
Mount Erie
Sat, Aug 24, 2024
Registration closes Aug 22
2 participants
0 instructors
Scott Paul Trail & Park Butte
Sun, Aug 25, 2024
Registration closes Aug 20
0 participants
0 instructors
Ptarmigan Ridge
Sun, Sep 1, 2024
Registration opens Aug 14; Instructor registration open now
8 participants
0 instructors
Mount Constitution
Sat, Sep 14, 2024
Registration opens Aug 14; Instructor registration open now
8 participants
0 instructors
Surprise Lake & Mountain
Fri, Sep 27, 2024
Registration opens Aug 14; Instructor registration open now
6 participants
1 instructor
CHS - Mt. Rainier Campout (optional)
La Wis Wis Campground
Sat, Jul 20, 2024
Registration closed Jul 18
13 participants
0 instructors
La Wis Wis Campground
Sun, Jul 21, 2024
Registration closed Jul 19
6 participants
2 instructors
CHS - Just for Fun (optional)
Mount Pilchuck
Fri, Jul 26, 2024
Registration closed Jun 19
5 participants
1 instructor
Mirror Lake
Mon, Aug 26, 2024
Registration closes Aug 24
8 participants
0 instructors
Turtleback Mountain Preserve
Sun, Sep 15, 2024
Registration opens Aug 14; Instructor registration open now
8 participants
0 instructors
CHS Campout - Tent Site (optional)
Dungeness Recreation Area
Thu, Aug 8, 2024 -
Fri, Aug 9, 2024
Registration closes Aug 6
18 participants
5 instructors
Dungeness Recreation Area
Fri, Aug 9, 2024 -
Sat, Aug 10, 2024
Registration closes Aug 7
20 participants
11 instructors
Dungeness Recreation Area
Sat, Aug 10, 2024 -
Sun, Aug 11, 2024
Registration closes Aug 8
20 participants
11 instructors

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