Conditioning Hiking Series - Tacoma - 2022

Day Hiking Course

Conditioning Hiking Series

This course offers you the chance to develop your fitness capabilities while hiking with many of the same people throughout the duration of the course. You will reach new distance and elevation goals and visit some amazing places. Beginning in the spring, the course provides a structure of increasing challenging hikes that are scheduled to develop your abilities and skills.

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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.

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NOTE: This course may offer few opportunities to hike if you are not Vaccinated, vaccine status is at the discretion of each hike leader.

CHS Graduates (You have earned a CHS Badge from any Branch) may register for the 2022 course on 01/14/2022 @ 8am.

This course is designed for the hiker who wants to increase their fitness level.  It is also designed to provide a small-group trip environment in which hikers can build friendships by hiking with many of the same people on each trip.  You will also benefit from getting out with a variety of experienced hike leaders who are focused on keeping you safe and helping you learn while you spend the day together in our beautiful mountains.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  To be successful in this course, you will need to be able to hike at least 5 miles with some elevation beginning with your first hike.  You will also need to commit to developing your conditioning throughout the summer as each month, the hikes will become progressively more difficult.

What to Expect: The CHS course consists of a mandatory  Online Virtual classroom session on March 9, 2022 @ 7pm, a minimum of two CHS hikes per month building in mileage and elevation gain from April through August, and a graduation hike in September.  Each participant in the course is also required to earn or renew their Stewardship Badge in 2022 and earn their free Low Impact Recreation Badge.

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.

Course Materials: Please review ALL course materials prior to the classroom session.  

Optional:  Fitness for Hiking and Backpacking - Online Classroom. A Zoom session to help you get in shape at home for Hiking & Backpacking on March 23, 2022 from 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Requirements to complete graduation must be completed by September 30, 2022

CANCELLATIONS must be received no later than April 1 to qualify for refund.

You must be  a current member of The Mountaineers to register for this course.

Badges you will earn:

Course Requirements
Course Activity Date Availability Leader
CHS Tacoma June Hikes (optional)
Poo Poo Point via High School Trail
Sun, Jun 5, 2022
Registration closes Jun 3
0 participants
May Valley Loop
Sun, Jun 5, 2022
Registration closes Jun 3
1 participant
Gray Wolf Trail
Fri, Jun 10, 2022
Registration closes Jun 8
0 participants
Owyhigh Lakes
Sat, Jun 11, 2022
Registration closes Jun 9
2 participants on waitlist
0 instructors
Snoquera Palisades
Sat, Jun 11, 2022
Registration closes Jun 9
0 participants
Pinnacle Peak
Sun, Jun 12, 2022
Registration closes Jun 10
4 participants on waitlist
Poo Poo Point via High School Trail
Sun, Jun 12, 2022
Registration closes Jun 10
1 participant
Duckabush River
Tue, Jun 14, 2022
Registration closes Jun 23
2 participants
0 instructors
Ira Spring Trail
Wed, Jun 15, 2022
Registration closes Jun 13
1 participant
Bearhead Mountain
Sat, Jun 18, 2022
Registration closes Jun 16
1 participant on waitlist
Snoquera Palisades
Sat, Jun 18, 2022
Registration closes Jun 16
0 participants
Lake Serene
Sun, Jun 19, 2022
Registration closes Jun 17
0 participants
Margaret Lake
Sun, Jun 19, 2022
Registration closes Jun 17
1 participant
Fragrance & Lost Lakes Loop
Sun, Jun 19, 2022
Registration closes Jun 17
1 participant
Grand Ridge Park (Snoqualmie)
Mon, Jun 20, 2022
Registration closes Jun 15
2 participants
Kamikaze (Teneriffe) Falls
Tue, Jun 21, 2022
Registration closes Jun 19
1 participant
Margaret Lake
Wed, Jun 22, 2022
Registration closes Jun 20
0 participants
West Tiger Mountain No. 3
Sat, Jun 25, 2022
Registration closes Jun 23
1 participant on waitlist
Noble Knob & Lost Lake
Sun, Jun 26, 2022
Registration closes Jun 23
6 participants on waitlist
CHS Tacoma July Hikes (optional)
Crystal Peak (Mount Rainier)
Sat, Jul 2, 2022
Registration opens Jun 15
6 participants
Skyscraper Mountain
Sat, Jul 9, 2022
Registration opens Jun 15
6 participants
Bearhead Mountain
Sat, Jul 9, 2022
Registration opens Jun 15
5 participants
Tubal Cain Mine
Sun, Jul 10, 2022
Registration opens Jun 15
6 participants
Palisades Lakes & Brown Peak
Fri, Jul 15, 2022
Registration opens Jun 15
6 participants
Tubal Cain Mine
Sat, Jul 16, 2022
Registration opens Jun 15
7 participants
Skyscraper Mountain
Sun, Jul 17, 2022
Registration opens Jun 15
6 participants
Alaska Lake
Sun, Jul 17, 2022
Registration opens Jun 15
6 participants
Bearhead Mountain
Tue, Jul 19, 2022
Registration opens Jun 15
6 participants
Owyhigh Lakes
Sat, Jul 23, 2022
Registration opens Jun 15
6 participants
Anderson & Watson Lakes
Sat, Jul 23, 2022
Registration opens Jun 15
5 participants
Grand Park (Mount Rainier)
Sun, Jul 24, 2022
Registration opens Jun 15
6 participants
Baker Lake
Sun, Jul 24, 2022
Registration opens Jun 15
5 participants
Pacific Crest Trail: Snoqualmie Pass to Windy Pass
Sun, Jul 31, 2022
Registration opens Jun 15
7 participants
CHS Tacoma August Hikes (optional)
Third Burroughs Mountain
Mon, Aug 1, 2022
Registration opens Jul 15
6 participants
Sourdough Gap: Chinook Pass to Crystal Lakes
Fri, Aug 5, 2022
Registration opens Jul 15
6 participants
Crystal Mountain Loop
Sat, Aug 6, 2022
Registration opens Jul 15
6 participants
Gobblers Knob
Sat, Aug 6, 2022
Registration opens Jul 15
6 participants
Palisades Lakes & Brown Peak
Sun, Aug 7, 2022
Registration opens Jul 15
6 participants
Snowgrass Flat
Fri, Aug 12, 2022
Registration opens Jul 15
3 participants
Adams Creek Meadows & Mount Adams High Camp
Sat, Aug 13, 2022
Registration opens Jul 15
4 participants
Granite Creek Trail
Sat, Aug 13, 2022
Registration opens Jul 15
6 participants
Wonderland Trail: Longmire to Reflection Lakes
Sun, Aug 14, 2022
Registration opens Jul 15
6 participants
Greenwater & Echo Lakes
Sun, Aug 14, 2022
Registration opens Jul 15
6 participants
Norse Peak
Tue, Aug 16, 2022
Registration opens Jul 15
7 participants
Snow & Gem Lakes (Snoqualmie)
Sun, Aug 21, 2022
Registration opens Jul 15
7 participants
Quartz Creek & Blethen Lake
Sun, Aug 21, 2022
Registration opens Jul 15
7 participants
Shriner Peak
Sat, Aug 27, 2022
Registration opens Jul 15
6 participants
Mount Townsend
Sat, Aug 27, 2022
Registration opens Jul 15
6 participants
CHS Tacoma September Graduation Hikes (optional)
Tatoosh Peak
Sat, Sep 3, 2022
Registration opens Aug 15
4 participants
Indian Henry's Hunting Ground
Fri, Sep 9, 2022
Registration opens Aug 15
6 participants
Third Burroughs Mountain
Sat, Sep 10, 2022
Registration opens Aug 15
6 participants
Third Burroughs Mountain
Sun, Sep 11, 2022
Registration opens Aug 15
6 participants
Pratt Lake Trail
Sat, Sep 17, 2022
Registration opens Aug 15
6 participants
Marmot Pass
Sun, Sep 18, 2022
Registration opens Aug 15
6 participants
Royal Basin
Tue, Sep 20, 2022
Registration opens Aug 15
6 participants
Twin Sisters, Jug & Penoyer Lakes
Sat, Sep 24, 2022
Registration opens Aug 15
6 participants
Twin Sisters, Blankenship, Apple & Pear Lakes
Sun, Sep 25, 2022
Registration opens Aug 15
6 participants
Glacier Basin & Sunrise Loop
Fri, Sep 30, 2022
Registration opens Aug 15
6 participants

Additional badges needed to graduate

Completed

Roster
Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  1. Navigation
  2. Sun protection
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination
  5. First aid supplies
  6. Fire
  7. Repair kit and tools, including knife
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter