Activity Information

You may estimate how difficult a trip is for you by combining the following factors. Relief is the high point elevation minus the low point elevation, not necessarily the cumulative elevation gain which can be greater. For distance in miles, r.t. means round trip. The surface of the trail or off-trail route will be smooth, mixed, rough, or a scramble, which requires using hands. Speed (of the leader) will be leisurely, medium, or fast.

We define a hike as equal to a day hike and a backpack as an overnighter of 2 or more days. A traverse is a hike or backpack in a line or partial loop, usually requiring a car shuttle. Car-camping is overnight camping in a tent within 100 yards of your vehicle or sleeping in a vehicle while camping.

On any hike or backpack, everyone should bring their own “essentials”, which include water, food, rain clothing, toilet paper, first aid kit, sunscreen, sunglasses, insect repellent, knife, matches/lighter plus firestarter, extra clothing, map(s), compass, headlamp or flashlight, watch, whistle, mirror, extra batteries, and 2 or more 33 gallon plastic bags for survival clothing/shelter.

Cotton clothing is inappropriate for hiking or backpacking in the Northwest.