Hiking

Join us for trail hikes where you will enjoy breathtaking scenery and great exercise.

Hiking season runs from April through September. We offer will offer three hiking groups during the season, Beginning Hiking (coming soon), Wednesdays (faster pace) and 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. 

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Beginning Hikes Coming Soon!

Intensity Level: Moderate to High

moderate to high

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

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

Safety Prerequisites

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.

  • Should be able to walk 3 consecutive miles at the beginning of the season; must be able to walk 5 consecutive miles if joining in June or July
  • Should be able to climb several flights of stairs comfortably by beginning of season.

If you are not quite ready to meet the hiking prerequisites, we encourage you to check out TSNW walking groups and fitness classes to build strength and stamina. You can also begin training preparation by walking up and down small hills or using a stair climber machine.

Clothing/Equipment Needed for Hikes

TSNW offers a collection of shareable items to help get you started in our hiking programs. Please reach out to us if you are missing essentials needed to join the hiking program or if you need a whole pack to help you try out a trail with TSNW.

Please pack the items listed below; each serves a purpose to keep you safe. Note: your items do not need to be high-tech or costly, but they do need to keep you secure and well while hiking. 

  • 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 (small backpack for hiking trips).

  • Raingear: rain jacket and/or 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.

  • Insect Repellent.

  • 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.

“TSNW provides a network of amazing women who have become some of my closest friends.  I firmly believe that exercise is the best thing we can be doing for our health!  This is not your typical support group.  The camaraderie is incredible!”

- Kim York

TSNW Member

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