Hike Farther, Smarter & Safer!
This introductory series of hiking classes and outings is being organized by WenatcheeOutdoors and Cascade Subaru as part of the Subaru Outdoor Series. Immediate access to the outdoors is one of the great beauties of living in Central Washington and this introductory series will get newcomers of all ages over those obstacles preventing them from enjoying our local hills and trails.
Held on Wednesday evenings throughout August and early September, Hiking for Beginners will discuss recommended gear, map and compass use, hazard and obstacle avoidance, and useful resources . Learn how to use and enjoy our outdoor places; hike several of our local trails, and meet people who could become future hiking partners. As part of this series we will take several early evening hikes at Saddle Rock, in the Sage Hills, and near Twin Peaks. Here's the lowdown on the sessions:August 1 (5:30 to 7:30 p.m.):
Essential and Recommended Hiking Gear. Find out what essentials to carry, why, and how to use these items. We'll discuss some items you might put on your wish list, but we'll concentrate on gearing up for hiking on the cheap. We'll also discuss valuable information resources. Meet in the upstairs conference room of the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust (18 N Wenatchee Avenue, 509-663-7027). August 8 (5:30 to 7:30 p.m.):
Map, Compass, and Navigation. Learn how to use and navigate with topographic maps and orienteering compasses. We'll cover map use and theory. We'll also give a very brief overview of GPS units. Bring an orienteering compass if you have one. Meet in the upstairs conference room of the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust (18 N Wenatchee Avenue, 509-663-7027).August 15 (5:30 - 8:00 p.m.):
Introductory Hike at Saddle Rock. Meet at the Wenatchee Racket and Athletic Club. We'll hike up the Jacobson Preserve trails on the north slopes of Saddle Rock to beautiful overlooks of the Wenatchee Valley. The hike is fairly short (3.5 miles round trip) but it climbs the entire way, gaining a little over a 1000 vertical feet. You'll learn more about this trail system and we'll discuss different hiking options around Saddle Rock. We'll also practice some of the navigation basics discussed the previous week.August 22 (5:30 - 8:00 p.m.):
Introductory Hike at the Horse Lake Reserve. Meet at the end of pavement on the Horselake Road. We'll carpool to the Horse Lake Trailhead and walk the Lone Fir Spur, discussing different hikes you can enjoy from this trailhead. The walk is roughly 4 miles long and is relatively flat with a few short climbs. We'll practice navigation basics, identify local landmarks, identify local peaks, and work on GPS basics.September 5 (5:30 - 8:00 p.m.):
Introductory Hike in the Sage Hills. Meet at the parking area at the intersection of Number One Canyon Road and Sage Hills Drive. We'll discuss parking etiquette and issues for this trail and walk into hills along the Lester Trail. We'll discuss the rules of the trail, issues to be aware of at different times of the year, and what to carry on day hikes in the foothills. We'll also work on identifying a number of local plants and plant families. The walk is roughly 5 miles long and you'll learn everything needed to repeat this hike and to take other hikes starting here. September 12
( 5:30 - 8:00 p.m.):
Introductory hike at Twin Peaks. We'll meet at the WRAC's off Skyline Drive and carpool to the start of this hike up at the top of Canyon Number Two Road. We'll discuss parking etiquette and different hiking options around Twin Peaks and then walk the gated dirt road leading toward the summit. You'll learn about several different trails you can explore on additional trips. We'll discuss what gear is appropriate to carry up here, issues you should know about, and resources that will help you explore this area in the future. Bring a flashlight because we'll also discuss night walking and be returning to the car around dusk.
The Hiking for Beginners series is free but, if you find the sessions valuable, you may make a donation to WenatcheeOutdoors. You don't need to attend all the classes / outings - come to the sessions that fit your schedule or that interest you most Please RSVP if you are interested in attending some or all of the sessions.
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