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 minimum standards for these activities.

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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.



If a Naturalist Committee is active at your branch, would you be interested in that? Some branches offer "Naturalist Hikes" by volunteers who have additional training in identification of plants and animals. Are you interested in becoming this type of hike leader?

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.