Hike or Backpack Leader Application

If you are interested in volunteering as a hike or backpack trip leader, fill out this form and we will forward it to the volunteer committee closest to you so they can review it and help you begin the process of familiarizing you with our guidelines, policies, and standards for these activities. Generally all prospective hike leaders should attend a new hike leader seminar and do a mentored hike in addition to filling out this application.

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The look on people's faces when you get them outside and show them places they've never seen is often cited as one of the best rewards for our volunteers. If you are interested in contributing to the mission of The Mountaineers by organizing and leading hikes or backpacking trips, please let us know by completing this simple application. We obviously have to ensure that every leader meets some critical baseline standards and this application will provide our committee with relevant information about your goals and experience.  One of our volunteers will follow up with you on the next steps to get you certified as a hike or backpack leader!

Thank you for your interest!


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Are you a current Mountaineers member? This is not a requirement at this point, but may help the equivalency evaluator assess your level of comfort on outdoor experiences. Ultimately, you will have to set up a profile in our system so that you can sign our waiver and participate in activities with us.



Are you interested in leading hikes for the Naturalist Committee? Some branches offer "Naturalist Hikes", which are sponsored by the Naturalist Committee and led by volunteers who have additional training in plant and animal identification. If you are interested in leading this type of hike, we will connect you with the Naturalist Committee at your branch.
Are you interested in leading hikes for the Singles Activities Committee? Several branches have Singles Activities Committees, which lead hikes as a part of a broader activity program designed to provide a focal point for single Mountaineers to join together (without excluding other Mountaineers from participating). If you are interested in leading this type of hike, we will connect you with the Single Activities Committee at your branch.

Please review our Hiking minimum standards

Can you comply with all of the minimum standards for our hiking and backpacking programs?  


Thank you for your interest in our Hiking and Backpacking programs! We will forward your application on to one of our amazing volunteers, who will review it and get in touch with you about how to move forward. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to us at info@mountaineers.org.