Question: What’s a bi-weekly conditioner? Answer: Hikes scheduled on Tuesdays and Thursdays to invigorate your hiking senses, get you out of the gym, make friends and have fun!
*PLEASE READ ALL DETAILS PRIOR TO SIGNING UP FOR THESE HIKES! *
5:45pm – Depart Eastgate Park and Ride (WEST LOT) ***We always meet in the WEST LOT at the Eastgate Park and Ride. Please note, we leave promptly at 5:45pm from the WEST LOT. [WE DO NOT MEET NOT UNDER THE OVERPASS…go to the other side-don’t get left behind!] Carpooling strongly encouraged due to lack of parking at many trailheads.
6:15pm - Depart Trail head (approximation)
-Please indicate if you are meeting at the P&R or TH in your RSVP-
The 10 essentials. http://seattlebackpackersmagazine.com/10_essentials/
Headlamp! [which is part of your 10Es] flashlight, etc. *A headlamp check will be conducted at the trailhead…if you do not have one you will be turned away-this is for your safety.
Pace: I personally hike about 2.5-3 mph uphill (about the same coming down). Understandably, most folks might be at a different pace. I have had folks with various paces arrive for these hikes-you are bound to find someone on the hike at your pace; just know that this is intended to be a conditioner for your personal goals. This is not a “stop and smell the roses” group, this is a work out!
Rain Policy: I hike, snowshoe, backpack rain, sleet, snow, shine…we live in Washington! Don’t let a little rain stop you from enjoying the outdoors. I’ve never heard of anyone melting from a little rain ;)
We will primarily stick to the Issaquah Alps and North Bend area; below are the hikes for various hiking locations in the area (Please reference title).
POO POO POINT (CHIRICO TRAILHEAD) HIKE DETAILS:
Location: Poo Poo Point (#TIGER)
Issaquah Alps -- Tiger Mountain; Round Trip: 3ish miles; Elevation Gain: 1650 ft; Highest Point: 1850 ft; User info: Dogs allowed on leash.
[Don’t follow the directions given on WTA site…use these instead]: Heading East on I-90 take the Front Street Exit (Exit 17). Turn right. Merge onto Front Street (keep left to go straight). You will stay on Front Street, which turns into Issaquah-Hobart Road SE. After about three miles you will see the trail head and landing area for Chirico Trail Head on the left.
TALUS LOOP HIKE DETAILS:
Location: Mount Si/Talus Loop
North Bend Area; Round Trip: 3.7 miles; Elevation Gain: 1750 ft; Highest Point: 2120 ft; User info: Dogs allowed on leash, Discover Pass required
Driving Directions to Trailhead (Per WTA site):
From Seattle drive east on I-90 to exit 32 (436th Avenue SE). Turn left (north) over the freeway and drive 0.5 mile to North Bend Way. Turn left (west), and in 0.25 mile turn right (north) on Mount Si Road. The large trailhead parking lot is on the left, 2.5 miles down the road.
Location: Rattlesnake Ledge 3; Roundtrip: 4.0 miles (a little longer for the third ledge); Elevation Gain 1160ft; highest point 2078 ft.; User Info: Dogs allowed on leash; no pass or permit required!
From Seattle drive 32 miles east on I-90 to exit 32 (436th Avenue SE). Turn right (south) on 436th Avenue SE (Cedar Falls Road SE) and drive about 4 miles to the well-developed Rattlesnake Lake parking area on the right.
TENERIFFE FALLS HIKE DETAILS:
Location: Teneriffe Falls (North Bend Area); Round Trip: 5.0 miles*; Elevation Gain: 1200 ft
Highest Point: 1576 ft; User info: Dogs allowed on leash, Discover Pass required
From I-90, take exit 32 (436th Avenue SE). Turn left (north) over the freeway and drive 0.5 miles to SE North Bend Way. Turn left (west), and in 0.25 mile turn right (north) on SE Mt Si Road. In approximately 3.5 miles (past the Little Si and Mt Si trailheads), you will reach a small parking area on the left (directly across from 480th Ave). This is known as the school bus turnaround, and, if you are parking here on school days, park close to the gate. The trailhead is unsigned except for a notice that a Discover Pass is required to park here.
Post Script: Each week the hike will change. If you have other hikes that you know well, or suggestions: I am willing to try new trails! Always up for a new adventure!
Many of my groups like to go out for a bite and a beer after. You are under no obligation to do so, but it is one of my favorite parts of the evenings! Don't forget to change your RSVP if you change your mind...I will mark you as a no show otherwise. Also, please refrain from making negative comments on the sites and understand that as a host I work really hard in my personal and professional life; I do these hikes for fun. Thank you!
Q: Do you run? A: Some of the folks on my hikes like to run; the majority of folks who attend these hikes maintain a moderate pace (we stop once in a while, but this is not a stroll). It is important for me to keep all hikers at a similar skill level for group safety. Please reach out to me if you are concerned about your skill level.
Q: Will you still hike in the rain? A: Yes, a little light rain never hurt
anyone…unprepared for the rain though could; please come prepared for ANY weather condition.
Q: Do I have to bring a headlamp? A: Yes, any sort of lamp or torch to get you down safely.
Q: Why do you limit your group numbers? A: While I appreciate the enthusiasm folks have for the outdoors, the mountains are usually pursued to enjoy peace and serenity. As a courtesy to others on the trail and some trail regulations only allowing a maximum of 12 persons in a group I choose to maintain smaller groups. Additionally, there is only one of me, and many of you, it is for group safety to have smaller groups. Please do not “piggy-back” off of my hikes, thank you.
Q: Where do you meet? A: I will always meet in the NORTHWEST area of the WEST LOT at the Eastgate Park and Ride…look for the lot closest to the hotel. Please note, with changes of season we will be leaving promptly at 5:45pm from the WEST LOT. Some folks may choose to meet at the trailhead, which is fine.
Q: What do you look like; how will I find you? A: I look just like my picture…and you will find me standing with others in the WEST LOT. When at the trailhead you can identify me with a group of people.