Hiking and Backpacking

Note: Every hiker or backpacker needs to carry The Ten Essentials .


Hiking is walking on established trails. (Scrambling and climbing get off trail). Many of us are also active in other activities with the branch, such as scrambling, climbing, and sea kayaking. Many of us seek the solitude of wilderness, while others are interested in great views. Still others like the challenge and the fitness that come from hiking backcountry trails. To lead trips for The Everett Mountaineers, hike leaders must attend a leader orientation session and lead one hike mentored by an experienced hike leader.


Camp near White Pass, Glacier Peak

Backpackers hike to a forest or mountain camp and stay overnight. We generally sleep in tents. Our Mountaineer backpacking trips include from three to eight backpackers. There are many reasons for carrying the extra overnight gear. Backpacking allows you to reach more remote destinations or perhaps return a different way (loop trip). You also gain the solitude of wilderness, great views, challenge, exercise, camaraderie of fellow Mountaineers and the safety of going with several people. Sometimes we set up a base camp at a good camping location for several days and thoroughly explore an area.

Backpacking trips are organized by approved leaders. The experienced backpackers like to share some of their favorite trips or explore new places.

Hiking and Backpacking leaders

Meadow near Buck Pass

To lead backpacking trips for The Everett Mountaineers, leaders must attend a leader orientation session and lead one hike (not necessarily a backpack) mentored by an experienced hike leader.

You can take our Hike Leaders course .


We offer courses by experienced hikers and backpackers on skills to organize and lead hikes:

Hike with us

See mountains and alpine lakes, up close

We offer a variety of trips. So all of us will enjoy the hike, make sure to sign up for a hike within your fitness level. All of our hikes have some elevation gain and are usually in mountainous terrain. Start with a short distance and a low elevation gain. Our hikes range from easy (social pace) to very strenuous (getting a workout).

Everett Hike Rating System

Who can go on our trips?

Mountaineers members are always welcome. Guests may go on two trips per year but must have a waiver on file with the club. Everyone is responsible for being at the appropriate level of conditioning, wearing adequate clothing and having essential gear. Sorry, but we don't allow pets on our trips.


You must bring on all Everett Mountaineer trips:

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All trips are posted on


To encourage trips for our branch, we have an awards program for Everett Mountaineers. The awards are presented at The Everett Mountaineers Annual Awards Banquet in November. We have the following rules for our awards:

Hiking committee

Our committee is a group of volunteers who teach hiking-related courses, and promote safety and fun among Mountaineer hike participants. We meet in the months of February, April, June and October. Meetings are open to all Everett Mountaineers.

For hiking information:
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