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)
Lizard & Lily Lakes Loop
Fri, Apr 19, 2024
Registration closed Apr 17
6 participants
0 instructors
Lily & Lizard Lakes
Sat, Apr 20, 2024
Registration closed Apr 18
2 participants
0 instructors
Chuckanut Mountain
Sat, Apr 20, 2024
Registration closed Apr 18
1 participant
0 instructors
West Tiger Mountain No. 3
Sun, Apr 21, 2024
Registration closes Apr 19
4 participants
0 instructors
Teneriffe Falls
Sun, Apr 21, 2024
Registration closes Apr 19
4 participants
0 instructors
Oyster Dome
Wed, Apr 24, 2024
Registration closes Apr 22
5 participants
0 instructors
May Valley Loop
Sat, Apr 27, 2024
Registration closes Apr 25
1 participant on waitlist
0 instructors
Ancient Lake
Sat, Apr 27, 2024
Registration closes Apr 25
5 participants on waitlist
0 instructors
Rattlesnake Ledge
Sat, Apr 27, 2024
Registration closes Apr 25
4 participants
0 instructors
Little Si & Boulder Garden Loop
Sun, Apr 28, 2024
Registration closes Apr 26
1 participant on waitlist
1 instructor
West Tiger Mountain 1 & 2
Sat, May 4, 2024
Registration closes May 2
1 participant on waitlist
0 instructors
Wallace Falls & Wallace Lake Loop
Sat, May 4, 2024
Registration closes May 2
3 participants on waitlist
0 instructors
Grand Prospect
Sun, May 5, 2024
Registration closes May 3
2 participants on waitlist
0 instructors
Poo Poo Point via High School Trail
Wed, May 8, 2024
Registration closes May 6
2 participants
0 instructors
Bridal Veil Falls & Lake Serene
Fri, May 10, 2024
Registration closes May 8
3 participants
1 instructor
Granite Lakes via Granite Creek
Sat, May 11, 2024
Registration closes May 9
0 participants
0 instructors
Yakima Skyline Ridge
Sat, May 11, 2024
Registration closes May 9
4 participants
0 instructors
West Tiger Mountain No. 3
Sun, May 12, 2024
Registration closes May 10
4 participants
1 instructor
Chuckanut Ridge
Sun, May 12, 2024
Registration closes May 10
3 participants
1 instructor
Marten Lake
Fri, May 17, 2024
Registration closes May 15
5 participants
0 instructors
Angels Rest & Devils Rest
Fri, May 17, 2024
Registration closes May 15
7 participants
0 instructors
Greider Lakes
Sat, May 18, 2024
Registration closes May 16
6 participants on waitlist
0 instructors
Dry Creek Falls
Sat, May 18, 2024
Registration closes May 16
4 participants
0 instructors
Eagle Creek to Tunnel Falls
Sat, May 18, 2024
Registration closes May 16
1 participant
0 instructors
Hardy Ridge Loop
Sun, May 19, 2024
Registration closes May 23
2 participants
0 instructors
Eagle Creek to Tunnel Falls
Sun, May 19, 2024
Registration closes May 17
8 participants
0 instructors
Greider Lakes
Fri, May 24, 2024
Registration closes May 22
0 participants
0 instructors
Frog Mountain
Sat, May 25, 2024
Registration closes May 23
4 participants
1 instructor
Green Lake (Mount Rainier)
Sat, May 25, 2024
Registration closes May 23
1 participant
0 instructors
Snoquera Palisades
Sat, May 25, 2024
Registration closes May 23
6 participants
0 instructors
Ingalls Creek
Sun, May 26, 2024
Registration closes May 24
3 participants on waitlist
0 instructors
Granite Lakes via Granite Creek
Fri, May 31, 2024
Registration closes May 29
2 participants
0 instructors
Island Lake
Sat, Jun 1, 2024
Registration opens May 22; Instructor registration open now
8 participants
0 instructors
Navaho Pass
Sat, Jun 8, 2024
Registration opens May 22; Instructor registration open now
8 participants
0 instructors
Blanca Lake
Sun, Jun 9, 2024
Registration opens May 22; Instructor registration open now
8 participants
0 instructors
Gothic Basin
Sun, Jun 9, 2024
Registration opens May 22; Instructor registration open now
8 participants
0 instructors
Snow & Gem Lakes
Mon, Jun 10, 2024
Registration opens May 22; Instructor registration open now
6 participants
0 instructors
Colchuck Lake
Tue, Jun 18, 2024
Registration opens May 22; Instructor registration open now
6 participants
0 instructors
Snow & Gem Lakes (Snoqualmie)
Wed, Jun 19, 2024
Registration opens May 22; Instructor registration open now
8 participants
0 instructors
Lake Caroline
Sat, Jun 22, 2024
Registration opens May 22; Instructor registration open now
6 participants
0 instructors
Perry Creek
Sun, Jun 23, 2024
Registration opens May 22; Instructor registration open now
8 participants
0 instructors
Rampart Lakes
Wed, Jun 26, 2024
Registration opens May 22; Instructor registration open now
6 participants
0 instructors
Thorp Lake & Lookout
Wed, Jun 26, 2024
Registration opens May 22; Instructor registration open now
8 participants
0 instructors
Marmot Pass
Sun, Jun 30, 2024
Registration opens May 22; Instructor registration open now
8 participants
0 instructors
Lila Lake
Mon, Jul 1, 2024
Registration opens Jun 19; Instructor registration open now
6 participants
1 instructor
Navaho Peak
Sat, Jul 6, 2024
Registration opens Jun 19; Instructor registration open now
8 participants
0 instructors
Thompson Lake
Sat, Jul 6, 2024
Registration opens Jun 19; Instructor registration open now
8 participants
0 instructors
Kendall Katwalk
Fri, Jul 12, 2024
Registration opens Jun 19; Instructor registration open now
8 participants
0 instructors
Cathedral Rock-Deception Pass Loop
Sat, Jul 13, 2024
Registration opens Jun 19; Instructor registration open now
8 participants
0 instructors
Mount Teneriffe
Sat, Jul 13, 2024
Registration opens Jun 19; Instructor registration open now
8 participants
0 instructors
Tatoosh Ridge
Sun, Jul 14, 2024
Registration opens Jun 19; Instructor registration open now
6 participants
0 instructors
Mount Fremont Lookout
Fri, Jul 19, 2024
Registration opens Jun 19; Instructor registration open now
8 participants
0 instructors
Indian Bar-Cowlitz Divide
Sat, Jul 20, 2024
Registration opens Jun 19; Instructor registration open now
8 participants
0 instructors
Snowgrass Flat & Goat Lake Basin
Sat, Jul 20, 2024
Registration opens Jun 19; Instructor registration open now
8 participants
0 instructors
Summerland, Panhandle Gap & Indian Bar
Sat, Jul 20, 2024
Registration opens Jun 19; Instructor registration open now
6 participants
0 instructors
Skyscraper Mountain
Sun, Jul 21, 2024
Registration opens Jun 19; Instructor registration open now
6 participants
0 instructors
Tatoosh Peak
Sun, Jul 21, 2024
Registration opens Jun 19; Instructor registration open now
6 participants
0 instructors
West Fork Foss Lakes
Fri, Jul 26, 2024
Registration opens Jun 19; Instructor registration open now
6 participants
0 instructors
Shoe Lake
Sat, Aug 3, 2024
Registration opens Jul 17; Instructor registration open now
8 participants
0 instructors
Cascade Pass & Sahale Arm
Sat, Aug 3, 2024
Registration opens Jul 17; Instructor registration open now
6 participants
0 instructors
Grand Valley
Sat, Aug 10, 2024
Registration opens Jul 17; Instructor registration open now
6 participants
0 instructors
Royal Basin
Sat, Aug 10, 2024
Registration opens Jul 17; Instructor registration open now
8 participants
0 instructors
Rachel, Rampart & Lila Lakes
Sat, Aug 10, 2024
Registration opens Jul 17; Instructor registration open now
8 participants
0 instructors
Benchmark Mountain via West Cady Ridge
Sat, Aug 17, 2024
Registration opens Jul 17; Instructor registration open now
8 participants
0 instructors
Cascade Pass & Sahale Arm
Sat, Aug 17, 2024
Registration opens Jul 17; Instructor registration open now
8 participants
0 instructors
Spray Park
Sat, Aug 17, 2024
Registration opens Jul 17; Instructor registration open now
8 participants
0 instructors
Around Mother Mountain
Sat, Aug 24, 2024
Registration opens Jul 17; Instructor registration open now
8 participants
0 instructors
Kendall Katwalk
Sat, Aug 31, 2024
Registration opens Jul 17; Instructor registration open now
8 participants
0 instructors
Cispus Pass
Sun, Sep 1, 2024
Registration opens Aug 14; Instructor registration open now
8 participants
0 instructors
Gladys Divide
Sun, Sep 1, 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
Seven Lakes Basin & High Divide
Sat, Sep 21, 2024
Registration opens Aug 14; Instructor registration open now
6 participants
0 instructors
Wildcat Lakes
Mon, Sep 23, 2024
Registration opens Aug 14; Instructor registration open now
6 participants
0 instructors
CHS - Coast Cleanup Weekend (optional)
University of Washington Olympic Natural Resource Center
Fri, Apr 19, 2024 -
Sun, Apr 21, 2024
Registration closed Apr 15
6 participants
3 instructors
Shi Shi Beach
Sat, Apr 20, 2024
Registration closed Apr 18
4 participants
2 instructors
Hoh River to Five Mile Island
Sun, Apr 21, 2024
Registration closes Apr 19
1 participant
1 instructor
CHS 1 Hike (optional)
Margaret's Way to Debbie's View
Sat, Apr 20, 2024
Registration closed Apr 18
1 participant
0 instructors
Lord Hill Regional Park
Sat, Apr 20, 2024
Registration closed Apr 18
2 participants
0 instructors
Dirty Harry's Peak, Balcony & East Balcony
Sun, Apr 21, 2024
Registration closes Apr 19
0 participants
0 instructors
Squak Mountain: Bullitt Fireplace Access
Sat, Apr 27, 2024
Registration closes Apr 25
1 participant
0 instructors
Bowman Bay
Sat, Apr 27, 2024
Registration closes Apr 25
0 participants
0 instructors
Taylor Mountain—Holder Knob Loop
Sun, Apr 28, 2024
Registration closes Apr 26
2 participants on waitlist
0 instructors
Sauer's Mountain
Sat, May 4, 2024
Registration closes May 2
2 participants
0 instructors
Fragrance Lake Loop
Sun, May 5, 2024
Registration closes May 3
2 participants
0 instructors
Iron Goat Trail
Fri, May 10, 2024
Registration closes May 8
0 participants
1 instructor
Snoquera Palisades
Sat, May 11, 2024
Registration closes May 9
5 participants
0 instructors
Ingalls Creek
Sat, May 11, 2024
Registration closes May 9
5 participants
0 instructors
Wallace Falls & Wallace Lake Loop
Sat, May 11, 2024
Registration closes May 9
4 participants
0 instructors
Saint Edward State Park
Sun, May 12, 2024
Registration closes May 10
0 participants
0 instructors
Talapus & Olallie Lakes
Mon, May 13, 2024
Registration closes May 11
6 participants
0 instructors
Green Lake & Ranger Falls
Wed, May 15, 2024
Registration closes May 13
6 participants
0 instructors
Cashmere Canyons Preserve
Sat, May 18, 2024
Registration closes May 16
0 participants
0 instructors
Multnomah Falls & Wahkeena Falls
Sat, May 18, 2024
Registration closes May 16
7 participants
0 instructors
Dog Mountain Loop (Columbia River)
Sun, May 19, 2024
Registration closes May 17
7 participants
0 instructors
Lily & Lizard Lakes
Sat, May 25, 2024
Registration closes May 2
0 participants
0 instructors
Sauer's Mountain
Sun, May 26, 2024
Registration closes May 24
2 participants
0 instructors
Monte Cristo, Glacier Basin, Silver Lake & Twin Lakes
Sat, Jun 1, 2024
Registration opens May 22; Instructor registration open now
8 participants
0 instructors
Lake Serene
Sat, Jun 8, 2024
Registration opens May 22; Instructor registration open now
8 participants
0 instructors
Frog Mountain
Sat, Jun 8, 2024
Registration opens May 22; Instructor registration open now
8 participants
0 instructors
Lake Stuart
Mon, Jun 10, 2024
Registration opens May 22; Instructor registration open now
6 participants
1 instructor
Mount Townsend
Fri, Jun 14, 2024
Registration opens May 22; Instructor registration open now
8 participants
0 instructors
Duckabush River
Sat, Jun 15, 2024
Registration opens May 22; Instructor registration open now
8 participants
0 instructors
Granite Lakes via Granite Creek
Sat, Jun 22, 2024
Registration opens May 22; Instructor registration open now
6 participants
1 instructor
Coldwater Lake Loop
Sat, Jun 29, 2024
Registration opens May 22; Instructor registration open now
8 participants
0 instructors
Navaho Pass
Thu, Jul 4, 2024
Registration opens Jun 19; Instructor registration open now
8 participants
0 instructors
Mount Sawyer & Tonga Ridge
Sun, Jul 7, 2024
Registration opens Jun 19; Instructor registration open now
8 participants
0 instructors
Green Lake (Mount Rainier)
Thu, Jul 11, 2024
Registration opens Jun 19; Instructor registration open now
6 participants
1 instructor
Rattlesnake Mountain Grand Traverse
Sat, Jul 13, 2024
Registration opens Jun 19; Instructor registration open now
8 participants
0 instructors
Surprise & Glacier Lakes
Thu, Jul 18, 2024
Registration opens Jun 19; Instructor registration open now
8 participants
0 instructors
Summerland & Panhandle Gap
Fri, Jul 19, 2024
Registration opens Jun 19; Instructor registration open now
6 participants
1 instructor
Sheep Lake
Fri, Jul 19, 2024
Registration opens Jun 19; Instructor registration open now
6 participants
1 instructor
Dumbbell Lake Loop
Sat, Jul 20, 2024
Registration opens Jun 19; Instructor registration open now
8 participants
0 instructors
Eastside Trail (Mount Rainier)
Sun, Jul 21, 2024
Registration opens Jun 19; Instructor registration open now
6 participants
1 instructor
Cutthroat Pass
Thu, Jul 25, 2024
Registration opens Jun 19; Instructor registration open now
8 participants
0 instructors
Marmot Pass
Fri, Jul 26, 2024
Registration opens Jun 19; Instructor registration open now
8 participants
0 instructors
Goat Lake (Monte Cristo)
Wed, Jul 31, 2024
Registration opens Jun 19; Instructor registration open now
8 participants
0 instructors
Berkeley Park
Thu, Aug 8, 2024
Registration opens Jul 17; Instructor registration open now
8 participants
0 instructors
Obstruction Point Road
Thu, Aug 8, 2024
Registration opens Jul 17; Instructor registration open now
5 participants
1 instructor
Summerland & Panhandle Gap
Fri, Aug 9, 2024
Registration opens Jul 17; Instructor registration open now
8 participants
0 instructors
Tubal Cain Mine
Sat, Aug 10, 2024
Registration opens Jul 17; Instructor registration open now
6 participants
1 instructor
Kendall Katwalk
Sat, Aug 10, 2024
Registration opens Jul 17; Instructor registration open now
8 participants
0 instructors
Grand Ridge (Olympics)
Sat, Aug 10, 2024
Registration opens Jul 17; Instructor registration open now
6 participants
0 instructors
Gothic Basin
Mon, Aug 12, 2024
Registration opens Jul 17; Instructor registration open now
6 participants
1 instructor
Lake Valhalla
Thu, Aug 15, 2024
Registration opens Jul 17; Instructor registration open now
8 participants
0 instructors
Indian Henry's Hunting Ground
Sat, Aug 17, 2024
Registration opens Jul 17; Instructor registration open now
8 participants
0 instructors
Scott Paul Trail & Park Butte
Thu, Aug 22, 2024
Registration opens Jul 17; Instructor registration open now
8 participants
0 instructors
Mount Erie
Sat, Aug 24, 2024
Registration opens Jul 17; Instructor registration open now
8 participants
0 instructors
Ptarmigan Ridge
Sun, Sep 1, 2024
Registration opens Aug 14; Instructor registration open now
8 participants
0 instructors
Indian Henry's Hunting Ground
Sun, Sep 8, 2024
Registration opens Aug 14; Instructor registration open now
6 participants
0 instructors
Mount Constitution
Sat, Sep 14, 2024
Registration opens Aug 14; Instructor registration open now
8 participants
0 instructors
Surprise Lake & Mountain
Sat, Sep 21, 2024
Registration opens Aug 14; Instructor registration open now
6 participants
1 instructor
CHS - Just for Fun (optional)
Cape Flattery
Sun, Apr 21, 2024
Registration closes Apr 19
4 participants
1 instructor
Mount Pilchuck
Fri, Jun 28, 2024
Registration opens May 22; Instructor registration open now
6 participants
1 instructor
Packwood Lake
Sat, Jul 20, 2024
Registration opens Jun 19; Instructor registration open now
6 participants
1 instructor
Dungeness Spit
Fri, Aug 9, 2024
Registration opens Jul 17; Instructor registration open now
6 participants
1 instructor
Hidden Lake Lookout & Peak
Wed, Aug 14, 2024
Registration opens Jul 17; Instructor registration open now
6 participants
1 instructor
Mirror Lake
Mon, Aug 26, 2024
Registration opens Jul 17; Instructor registration open now
6 participants
1 instructor

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