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  each Spring. In April 2020, we will offer our annual Introduction to Backpacking Course. 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.

Courses, Clinics, & Activities

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

2019 car camps

Learn more about our annual Baker Lodge Retreat August 16-18th.  **LODGE IS CURRENTLY FULL FOR 2019 RETREAT**

Baker Lodge Retreat

Are you interested in Leading Hikes for a Conditioning Hiking Series Course in 2020?  We need your help!  If we have the support from our Hike Leaders, we hope to make it happen.  Join us at our planning session in September.

9/24 CHS Planning Session

Join us at our End of the Year Celebration Potluck where we will reminisce on a fun summer, celebrate our volunteers and recognize our backpacking course graduates.

10/15 End of Year Potluck

Also, we'd love to have your help and enthusiasm with our 2020 Intro to Backpacking Course.  Please consider attending our planning session.

10/21 Backpacking Course Planning Session


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

View Calendar 

Consider becoming a hike leader!

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

9/17 Hike Leader Seminar

Learn more on our hike leader resources page:

Hike Leader Resources Page

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