*Hikes have concluded for the 2023 season.
Join us for trail hikes in the mountains, where you will enjoy breathtaking scenery and good exercise. Hiking season runs from April to September. We offer two hiking groups during the season, one on Wednesdays (faster pace), and one on Thursdays (moderate pace). Hikes are designed to increase in distance and elevation gain as the season advances. Hikes occur in the Issaquah Alps, I-90 corridor and Snoqualmie Pass area, North Cascades and Mt. Rainier National Park.
Wednesday hikes are faster paced and will gain elevation more quickly. This group is recommended for women with some hiking experience who like a more challenging pace. Hikes will range between 5 miles and 450 feet elevation gain, up to 13 miles and 2600 feet elevation gain toward the end of the season. Participants may meet at pre-designated carpool locations and times to drive to the trail head.
Intensity Level: Moderate to High
Thursday hikes will stop frequently based on the pace of the group and take time to pick berries, observe plants/animals, and even swim when the weather and hike permit. Hikes are designed to be progressive, moderately increasing in distance and elevation gain as the season advances while keeping our goal to stop frequently. The Thursday hike list may include a few of the same hikes as the Wednesday group, but we will plan to take longer to complete them if so. Participants may meet at pre-designated carpool locations and times to drive to the trail head.
Intensity Level: Moderate
Everyone, at any stage of treatment or recovery, can enjoy being together outside. However, for your safety and the safety of the group, particularly in more remote areas, we offer additional guidance to help you determine when this program might be right for you.
Able to walk at least 3 miles at a time at the beginning of the season; able to walk at least 5 miles if joining in June or later
Able to climb several flights of stairs comfortably
If you are not yet at this point, we encourage you to check out TSNW walking groups and fitness classes to build strength and stamina. You can also start by walking up and down small hills in your neighborhood.
Clothing/Equipment Needed for Hikes
We have a collection of sharable items to help get you started. Call the leader if you are missing essentials or even if you need a whole pack to help you try out the trail with us. Please pack the items listed below. Each serves a purpose to keep you safe. They should be functional but don’t have to be fancy or high tech.
Plenty of water – 1 quart for short hikes, 2 quarts minimum for longer hikes.
Lunch: High-energy foods e.g. peanut butter, trail-mix, energy bars.
A comfortable daypack.
Rain-gear: rain jacket and rain pants OR cover-all poncho.
Good-fitting, sturdy hiking boots or trail shoes with good tread.
Extra clothing and socks for warmth or emergency.
Warm, water-resistant mittens or gloves.
Whistle, map, compass.
Small first aid kit, including blister protection.
Hat, Sunscreen, Sunglasses.
Dress in layers: Quick-dry fabric shirts & pants are best. NO JEANS.
Items recommended but not required: Fire-starter, knife, flashlight or headlamp, hiking poles, Ziploc bag with TP.