I did my first “hike” late summer 2016. My main reason for going was that I have a very reactive and sometimes aggressive little pup named Juno. She can be pretty challenging to walk. I found by accident that she did well out in the woods, on mostly solitary trails. We got completely hooked! From that point forward I went out as often as I could and decided I wanted to integrate my love for walking in the woods with my passion for making movement and exercise as accessible as possible to all people regardless of experience or size.
Outdoor recreation wasn’t something I grew up around so the concept of “hiking” was very intimidating to me at first. I’ve learned A LOT by reading and going out on the trails. My mission with Hiking Club is to make hikes accessible to folks who may otherwise feel intimidated or not "fit enough" for more traditional hiking groups. We take our time. We go slow. We listen to our bodies and take breaks whenever we need to. No hiker is left behind or expected to "keep up." Hike your own hike and do it with rad positive people!
A nurturing & supportive community of hikers of ALL skill levels (I can’t believe the QUALITY of people we’ve had in this program – I am so grateful for the strong hearts and muscles that have shown up!)
Detailed trail information, directions, maps & GPS coaching.
Coordinating the carpooling for all far away hikes so you don’t have to! I will reimburse all drivers who take a full car of hikers up to $0.15/mile according to Google Maps GPS.
Parking Passes for all hikes.
Exclusive Hiking Guide w/information about etiquette, gear, etc available upon request.
Options for making the EASY hikes more difficult, if you’re looking for more of a challenge!
January 26th @ 10am — WOODARD BAY — FREE — Meet at Trailhead
February 23rd @ 10am — NISQUALLY — FREE — Meet at Trailhead
March 30th @ 10am — MCLANE CREEK — FREE — Meet at Trailhead
April 27th @ 10am — FRYE COVE — FREE — Meet at Trailhead
May 4th @ 8am — $20 — PORTER FALLS — EASY — CAPITOL FOREST
June 8th @ 8am — $30 — COPPER CREEK — HARD — OLYMPIC NAT FOREST
June 22nd @ 8am — $20 — MIMA FALLS — INTERMEDIATE — CAPITOL FOREST
July 27th @ 8am — $30 — LOWER LENA LAKE — INTERMEDIATE — OLYMPIC NAT FOREST
August 10th @ 6am — $30 — MT ELLINOR — HARD HARD — OLYMPIC NAT FOREST
August 24th @ 8am — $20 — MIMA MOUNDS — EASY
September 28th @ 8am — $20 + entrance fee — MT. ST. HELENS - HARRY’S RIDGE — INTERMEDIATE
WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING:
A backpack with enough food and water for yourself for the adventure.
Your positive adventuring self!
MT ST HELENS ONLY: $8 for entrance to Mt. St. Helens unless you have a current NW FOREST PASS or NATIONAL PARK PASS.
WHERE TO MEET: We will be meeting Saturdays at 8am for ALL hikes (with the exception of Mount Ellinor which will depart at 6am) at Polly's residence. Details will be sent upon receiving your registration.
ARE PUPS ALLOWED? YES! PUPS ARE ALLOWED ON ALL NATIONAL FOREST TRAILS -- If you wish to bring your pup please be knowledgeable about pup trail etiquette (or ask!) and be willing to drive separately.
LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT STATEMENT:
When I hike, I acknowledge that we (settlers, or non indigenous people) are occupying the traditional and current lands of the Puget Sound Salish peoples, specifically the Nisqually, Chehalis, Squaxin, Twana/Skokomish and Klallam Tribes who have been the stewards of this land since time immemorial. I have learned that it is important to acknowledge this, because it’s easy to think of the land we (settlers, or non indigeneous people) hike in as National Park, National Forest, DNR land, etc without context. In actuality, the indigenous peoples of the entire United States continue to experience great hurt, loss and displacement as a result of colonization past and present. Join me in taking some time to reflect on how this land continues to serve us and how we can contribute to the struggle for indigenous rights and sovereignty, where ever we enjoy nature.
To learn more about the history of the land you are on visit this website.
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**Please note: All sales are final. Refunds may be issued in the case of an emergency. Hikes are subject to change based on trail conditions.