Tacoma Hiking & Backpacking Committee

Tacoma Hiking & Backpacking Committee

Learn about the Tacoma Branch's Hiking & Backpacking Committee.

The Tacoma Branch Hiking & Backpacking Committee welcomes novice and experienced hikers and backpackers of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities who want to enjoy a sense of community and shared adventure. Our outings are led by skilled and experienced Mountaineers whose goals are the safety and enjoyment of the whole team. We provide personalized coaching and instruction for beginners at our Intro to Hiking Seminar in June. We also offer an annual Introduction to Backpacking Course  each Spring. During the summer months, we offer a variety of car camps.  We offer an evening Trail Emergency Preparedness Seminar for those interested in brushing up on basic first aid.  For more experienced participants, the Branch offers challenging opportunities to develop skills in Wilderness First Aid, Wilderness Navigation, and Outdoor Leadership. 

Hikes are led year round.  Check out our calendar to see our upcoming hikes and events.

We encourage a strong conservation ethic and we incorporate Leave No Trace practices in all our outings. Additionally, we occasionally sponsor educational sessions on relevant wilderness related topics. 

Interested in hiking with the Tacoma Singles?  Learn more here:
Tacoma Singles Activities Sub-Committee

Courses, Clinics, & Activities

6/18 Guest Author Presentation & Intro to Hiking Seminar

Join us for a special guest presentation by local Authors Nathan and Jeremy Barnes.  They will talk about their new book Alpine Lakes Wilderness: The Complete Hiking Guide.  Prior to the presentation, we will have a seminar highlighting tips and tricks to hiking in the PNW.

6/20 Trail Emergency Preparedness

Looking to brush up on your first aid skills?  This evening seminar is for you!  Check out details at the link above.

2019 car camps

Camp comfortably in a campground then hike during the day in the surrounding areas!  Check out our 2019 car camps.

Baker Lodge Retreat

We welcome you to join us for our annual Baker Lodge Retreat this August 16-18th.

View Calendar 

Check out our calendar to see all of the committee's current and upcoming activities!


Consider becoming a hike leader!

For information about becoming a hike leader through the Tacoma Mountaineers, we invite you to join us at one of our free New Hike/Backpack Leader Seminars:

6/11 hike Leader Seminar

9/17 Hike Leader Seminar

11/5 Hike Leader Seminar

For more information on leading, check out our Hike Leader Resources Page.

Questions? Please contact Lisa Hayek at lisa.hayek@tacomamountaineers.org