Hike Prep

Things you should know


The information on the page is intended to make participation in IATC activities safer and more enjoyable.


More Hikes

Some of the longer or more difficult hikes are only listed in the Schedule Insert of the IATC quarterly Newsletter, the Alpiner.  The Alpiner also includes articles on hiking, trail maintenance, conservation issues, and much more.  Please consider joining the Issaquah Alps Trails Club and making a donation.  For an annual contribution of $15 or more, you will receive the Alpiner newsletter.


Meeting Place

Unless the schedule says otherwise, most hikes meet beside the grassy area located approximately at:

175 Rainier Blvd S, Issaquah

(near SE Bush St, See the Map).  This location is just East of the Issaquah Trails Center at 110 SE Bush St.  The Trails Center is a small yellow house in an open area.  There is plenty of parking.


Difficulty

Level

Max Miles

Max

ft Gain

Conditioning Required

Very easy

4

600

recommended for beginning hikers

Easy

6

1200

not difficult for occasional hikers

Moderate

10

2500

usually not difficult for regular hikers

Strenuous

12

3500

only for experienced hikers in good physical condition

Very Strenuous

Over 12

Over 3500

only for experienced hikers in very good physical and aerobic condition


  • Trail conditions may increase the level of difficulty.
  • A fast pace may also increase the level of difficulty.
  • The hiker should have completed a hike in the last few months with at least two thirds the distance and elevation gain of the published hike.


Trail Conditions

Type

Predominant Condition

Comment

Paved

Smooth hard surfaces such as concrete sidewalks or city streets.

May be easy on short hikes but hard on the joints for longer hikes

Gravel

Graveled roads or paths, etc.

May be hard on the joints for longer hikes

Dirt

Relatively smooth level dirt

Typical of most trails

Rough

Rocky, Course Gravel, Lots of Roots, etc.

Good balance and strong ankles may be required

Off

Off Trail Route, Cross Country.  May be bushy, marshy, lots of obstacles, obscure footing, etc.

May add to the difficulty level and slow down the hike.  Good balance may be required


Pace

Level

Speed

Comment

Slow

1.5 MPH or slower

Moderate

About 2 MPH

Typical for regular hikers

Fast

2.5 MPH or faster



Dogs

  • No dogs are allowed on any event unless the event explicitly states 'Dogs Welcome' in the schedule.
  • Dogs must be On-Leash in County Parks, State Parks, and National Forests Front Country (before the wilderness areas).
  • Dogs may be off-leash but under Voice Control in State Forests and National Forests Wilderness Areas.

Carpooling

  • Please think green and consider carpooling from the meeting place to the trail-head.  At many trailheads the parking spaces are very limited.
  • We recommend you Tip your driver for gas and milage ($0.15/mile, $1.00 minimum).

Bring or Wear

You should always bring or wear the following hike equipment.  Consider what you might need to stay out over night if someone was injured.

Water

Don't get dehydrated.  This is one of the most preventable of problems on the trail.

Food

Bring at least a lunch and maybe something to share.  We usually stop for a snack.

Rain-Gear

This is Washington after all and the weather forecast could be wrong.

Warm Clothes

Hikers always must have clothing appropriate for the weather.  What happens if we get stuck over-night?

Hiking Footwear

Hikers always must have hiking footwear appropriate for the hike.

Please consider also bringing the other items from the 10 Essentials in case of an emergency:

  1. Navigation (map and compass)
  2. Sun Protection (sunglasses and sunscreen)
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination (flashlight or headlamp with extra batteries)
  5. First-Aid Supplies
  6. Fire (Matches and fire starter: waterproof matches/lighter/candles)
  7. Repair Kit and Tools
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency Shelter

Here are some other suggestions you may wish to consider:

  • Signaling Devices
  • Toilet Paper and a Trowel
  • Pack
  • Passes and Permits (State, National, etc.)

  • Knowledge - Having items in your pack has no value unless you understand how to use them.  Consider when lost in the woods that travel may be the wrong thing to do.  The definition of "lost" is that you don't know where you are or which way to go, so don't travel.  March in circles if you need to keep warm, but putting miles between yourself and your last known location decreases the likelihood you'll be found by searchers.  As one search-and-rescue leader told us, "People talk about the Ten Essentials, but the most important essential is between your ears."

Weather

Knowing the likely weather can help you plan what to bring.  Some forcasts are available from:

NOAA National Weather Service

weather.gov

NOAA National Weather Service - Hourly Graphs for Issaquah

forecast.weather.gov

NOAA National Weather Service - 7 Day Forecast for Issaquah

forecast.weather.gov

Hourly Weather Forecast for Issaquah

weather.com

10 Day Weather Forecast for Issaquah

weather.com

Weather Forecast Issaquah

Weather Underground

Issaquah Weather Forecast

weathercentral.com

Issaquah Weather

AccuWeather Forecast

Issaquah Weather Forecast

weatherforyou.com

Weather Issaquah WA Weather Forecast

Find Local Weather



Bears

You may encounter bears in the Issaquah Alps.  Hikers, hunters, fisherman, and all others who use the outdoors for a recreational or work related function are advised to take extra precautions while in the field.  While in the outdoors, you are advised to wear little noisy bells on your clothing to give advanced warning to any bears that might be close by so that you do not take them by surprise.  You are advised to carry "Pepper Spray" in a handy exterior location where you can reach it quickly.  You are advised to be familiar with its use.  You are advised to watch for fresh bear activity.  You are advised to avoid coming between a mother bear and her cubs.  She may take this to be a threat to her cubs.  You are advised to be able to tell the difference between Black Bear feces and Grizzly Bear feces.  Black Bear feces are smaller and contain lots of berries and rodent fur.  Grizzly Bear feces have little bells in them and smell like pepper.


Search and Rescue Procedures

For a LOST HIKER:
Send reliable party to telephone King County search and Rescue (SAR) Duty Officer (911) and stay by the phone until released by search party.  Consider searching along designated trail.  Leave someone at trailhead until SAR party arrives.  Call lost person's home.

For an INJURED HIKER (NOT ABLE TO WALK):
Have someone stay with the injured person.  Send reliable party to telephone King County SAR Duty Officer (911).  Administer first aid if qualified.  Have someone meet SAR party at trailhead.

Contacts for Unusual Activity

To report cougar or bear sightings, unusual birds or other wildlife call:

Fish and Wildlife

(425)775-1311

For unusual park activity contact:

Cougar Mountain

(206)296-4145

Sammamish Parks

(425)296-7010

DNR (for Tiger, Rattlesnake)

(425)888-5215

To report a real threat to people or Iivestock call:

911


Release and Indemnity Agreement

You may participate in activities offered by The Issaquah Alps Trails Club (IATC), a non-profit corporation with the following understandings:


  • Any outdoor activity may involve certain dangers, including but not limited to the hazards of traveling in mountainous terrain, accidents or illness in remote places, force of nature and the actions of participants and other persons.  Without some program providing protection of its assets and its leaders the IATC would not be able to offer its courses and activities.
  • In consideration of and as part payment for the right to participate in the activities offered by the IATC, you must agree to RELEASE, HOLD HARMLESS AND INDEMNIFY the IATC and its members from any and all liability, claims and causes of action arising out of or in any way connected with your participation, or the participation of any minor in any activities as requested by you.  You personally assume all risks in connection with these activities.  If you are requesting the participation of a minor, you further agree to HOLD HARMLESS AND INDEMNIFY the IATC and its members from all liability, claims and causes of action which the minor may have arising from the minor's participation in activities.  The terms of this agreement shall serve as a release and indemnity agreement for your heirs, personal representative, and for all members of your family, including any minors.  (Parents or legal guardians must agree, request participation, and accompany all persons under eighteen (18) years of age.)
  • You must have read the release and indemnity agreement on the activity sheet for each activity and have fully informed yourself self of its contents before you sign that activity sheet.

Hike Prep Index

More Hikes

Some hikes are only listed in the Alpiner.

Usual Meeting Place

175 Rainier Blvd S, Issaquah

Difficulty

  • Very Easy
  • Easy
  • Moderate
  • Strenuous
  • Very Strenuous

Trail Conditions

  • Paved
  • Gravel
  • Dirt
  • Rough
  • Off 

Pace

  • Slow
  • Moderate
  • Fast

Dogs

Most events do not allow dogs.

Carpooling

Please think green and Tip your driver.

Bring or Wear

  • Water
  • Food
  • Rain-Gear
  • Warm Clothes
  • Hiking Footwear

Weather

Knowing the likely weather can help you plan what to bring.

Leave No Trace

  • Plan Ahead and Prepare
  • Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
  • Dispose of Waste Properly
  • Leave What You Find
  • Minimize Campfire Impacts
  • Respect Wildlife
  • Be Considerate of Other Visitors

Bears

Be noisy.

Search & Rescue Procedures

  • Lost hiker
  • Injured hiker

Contacts for Unusual Activity

  • Report cougars, bears, unusual birds or other unusual wildlife
  • Report unusual park activity
  • Report a real threat to people or Iivestock

Release&Indemnity Agreement