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Upcoming Hiker Events

Posted by Crystal Gartner at May 10, 2021 12:30 PM |
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Hiking can often be a solitary experience, but when you're looking to engage with the outdoor community, there is no shortage of opportunities in Washington.

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Our website, will remain a place for you to find information about local green spaces, updates on trails and moments of joy and inspiration. We hope you can connect with each other and to us on our social channels. Read past trip reports or share your own with the community.

In Person Events    

Waterfront Birding for Beginners
Seattle, WA
December 4, 2-3 p.m.
Enjoy a 30 minute “How To” for learning about birds that inhabit Puget Sound with Seattle Audubon! Limited capacity, registration required. Free.

Snowshoe to Artist Point
Deming, WA
December 5, 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Artist Point is a winter wonderland and an excellent destination for snowshoeing. Join Kulas for this 4-mile roundtrip snowshoe with views of Mount Baker, Mount Shuksan and distant peaks that include Three Fingers, Whitehorse Mountain, Sloan Peak and White Chuck Mountain from the top. Free.

West Seattle Art Walk
Seattle, WA
December 9, 2021, 5-9:00 p.m.
The December 9 West Seattle Art Walk features the final 2021 session of the Art of Music with indoor events both in Admiral and the Alaska Junction! (Please follow all mask, vaccine and social distancing requirements). Free.

Family Foresters: A Tree Planting Event for Families
Normandy Park, WA
December 11, January 8, February 12, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Join the Friends of Normandy Park Foundation, the City of Normandy Park, and families and community members around the region for a family-friendly tree planting event, and learn about the environment! Language interpreters are available. Free. 

Red Barn Event: Lowell Skoog, Written in the Snows
Leavenworth, WA
December 15, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Join us in the Red Barn as we host Lowell Skoog, local ski legend and author of Written in the Snows, for an evening of Northwest ski culture from past to present! He shares a definitive and visually rich history of the past century of Northwest ski culture, from stirring and colorful stories of wilderness exploration to the evolution of gear and technique. While weaving his own impressions and experiences into the larger history, Skoog shows that skiing is far more than mere sport or recreation. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for community social with local beer and wine available for purchase. Free. Donation basket at the door.

Winter Solstice Walk, Run, or Ride the Loop at 360 Trails
Gig Harbor, WA
December 18, 4-6 p.m.
Enjoy the (almost) shortest day of the year by walking, running or riding! Bring a flashlight or headlamp. All ages. Free.

1st Day Hike - Guided Snowshoe Trek
Leavenworth, WA
January 1, 2022, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 
Join volunteers and park staff at Lake Wenatchee State Park for a brisk 1.3 mile snowshoe hike around our frosty winter wonderland as we ring in the New Year. This is a fantastic hike for first-timers in snowshoes or adults with children. The hike is easy with varying views, plenty of opportunities for snowball fights and memorable photos! (A limited number of snowshoes are available to rent, please call ahead to reserve a pair: 509-763-3101.) Free.

Ranger Guided Snowshoe Hike
Leavenworth, WA
Every Saturday in January and February, 1 p.m.-3 p.m. 
Join us at Lake Wenatchee State Park north entrance for a 1.3 mile snowshoe hike through scenery along the Wenatchee River, the shore of Lake Wenatchee, and surrounding forest. Participants can enjoy a well-packed route through parts of our park that are not always accessible in summer. No snowshoes? No problem! Call the park ahead of time to rent a pair. A Sno-Park pass is required to park. Event itself is free.

Virtual events      

Adventure Safety Festival
December 2-9
Women+ and allies from all over the United States and Canada can tune in to enjoy a plethora of skill-building, risk-assessing conversations. Viewers will be learning about risk assessment and safety from guides, professional skiers, and other leaders in the industry. Viewers will also be learning about the anatomy of an avalanche, and triggers to be aware of. This event’s guest host is Indigenous Women Outdoor Canada. Free.

Umano International Short Film Festival
December 5 - January 5
Welcome to our inaugural film festival! This free, first-of-its-kind event will build empathy and inspire action for humans, animals, and the environment. More than 700 talented filmmakers from across the globe answered our call for films that build holistic empathy. From those incredible entries, our judges chose 25+ official selections for our film festival. Free.

Nick Offerman: Where the Deer and the Antelope Play
December 8, 2021 4 p.m. PST
Join us for an evening of readings and ruminations from author/actor/humorist Nick Offerman, from his book Where The Deer and the Antelope Play: The Pastoral Observations of One Ignorant American Who Loves to Walk Outside. Free.

Women in Nature: End of Year Reflection
December 8, 2021 5-7 p.m. 
Women in Nature is a monthly series where women come together virtually to connect with nature, in all its forms. During this interactive workshop, Emily Thompson will teach a 60 minutes cozy yoga class. Then, Danielle Leroux will lead us through a 45 minutes end-of-year reflection and journalling session. Brought to you by Fjällräven and Renew. Free.

Fresh Backpacking Meal Ideas
December 13, 2021 7-8 p.m. 
Join TSX Challenge as we share some of our favorite fresh back country meal ideas. Learn how we plan and prep meals for our multi-night back country treks. Discover tips on how to minimize waste and pack light and efficient. Free.

Introduction to Lichens and Bryophytes of Western Washington
February 8, 2022, 7:00 p.m.
Lichens, rather than single organisms, are a complex community of different organisms all masquerading as one thing. Bryophytes (mosses, liverworts and hornworts) are not your everyday plant. A closer view of their small green parts helps us to recognize and appreciate their diversity. Preregistration required. Free.

Ongoing Activities

Walk With a Doc
Walk With a Doc is a global community where doctors go on short walks with patients and members of the public. Each walk kicks off with a short presentation on a health topic followed by a short walk through a local park. Currently these walks are virtual due to social distancing measures, but will return to in-person meet-ups as soon as it's safe to do so. Walks are held in Everett, Olympia, Yakima, Spokane and St. Helens Oregon. 

Personalized Outfitting with an REI Expert
Get expert advice from the comfort of your home with our virtual outfitters. Video chat with our team to get the next great piece of gear, advice for an upcoming adventure, or explore the possibilities of a new outdoor activity. Book a live appointment today and connect with our team right from your home. Appointments are available 7 days a week from 5:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. PST. Free. 

Self-guided Forest Bathing
The Washington Park Arboretum has several great resources for visitors to practice forest bathing, an approach to mindfully enjoying nature. Learn about the practice, find resources and share your experience with others. 

Volunteer as an Adventure Scientist
Help collect tree samples for a database that will be used to catch illegal timber harvests. Volunteer hikers collect leaves, seeds and wood samples and send them in to be tested, then the timber industry is able to check the wood that comes through their mills against this data to determine if it was harvested from an area where logging is permitted. 

Participate in Bird Counts in Your Backyard or Beyond
Community science programs are central to the efforts of Audubon scientists. You, too, can be a volunteer scientist and help save populations of bird species around the world. Programs in which you can participate include Hummingbirds at Home, Christmas Bird Count, and the Great Backyard Bird Count.

Be a Citizen Archivist for the National Archive 
Add tags to photos from America's Scenic Byways to make this resource more searchable for the public. First you must register, then you can pick the type of archiving you want to do and get started. There are more opportunities here as well, like transcribing historical documents about the first U.S. roads and trails to be built in Alaska. 

Environmental Film Festival
Explore the collection of current and past festival films now available for streaming. The Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital (DCEFF) is the world’s premier showcase of environmentally themed films.

Patagonia’s new film They/Them is a documentary that follows climber and guide Lor Sabourin into the sandstone canyons of northern Arizona, on a journey to piece together one of the hardest and most inspiring routes of their life. By embracing the strength in vulnerability, Lor has found the space to thrive and build a climbing community that others like themself can call home.

Mapping Seattle's Historic Orchards 
Help identify historic fruit trees in your neighborhood that may be remnants of historic orchards. This project aims to identify and preserve these heirloom varieties still growing in Seattle. 

Living Snow Project
The Living Snow Project mobilizes volunteers to collect and submit samples of pink snow so researchers at Western Washington University can study the microbiome of creatures living in these environments. Anyone in the mountainous US can participate with a simple phone app and a sample kit that can be picked up or mailed to you. 

Story Time at the Miller Library
The Miller Library at UW's Botanic Garden presents monthly stories about gardens, plants and nature. Tune in anytime to watch a virtual reading of a new book each month. 

OTHER Local & Amazing hiking communities

We also keep a list of many other local meet up groups and networks. While you might not be able to connect in person, you might find their online community is someplace you'd like to spend some time.

Explore these accounts and podcasts

  • by land podcast - Hunter and backpacker Emory Wanger began By Land as a way to share his personal journey in the outdoors so others can learn from his time in the field, and to bridge gaps between outdoor communities.
  • Cascade Hiker Project podcast - inspiring you to get out on the trail. Interviews make the show feel like a radio channel dedicated to hikes and backpacks.
  • Dirtbag Diaries podcastClimb. Ski. Hike. Bike. Paddle. Run. Travel. Whatever your passion, we are all dirtbags. Outdoor writer Fitz Cahall and the Duct Tape Then Beer team present stories about the dreamers, athletes and wanderers.
  • For the Wild podcastan anthology of the Anthropocene; focused on land-based protection, co-liberation and intersectional storytelling rooted in a paradigm shift away from human supremacy, endless growth and consumerism.
  • Outdoorsy DivaTraveler, foodie, outdoor lover, & single mom featured in Huffpo Travel, BBC Earth Podcast, and listed as one of the top Black travel bloggers on the planet. 
  • Outside Voices - inspired by one idea: the outdoors belongs to all of us. We all have a relationship to nature, whether through hiking, gardening, sacred ceremony or gathering at the local park. We aim to celebrate and amplify those who don’t always see themselves reflected in the “Great Outdoors” narrative.
  • She Explores podcast - interviews, in-the-field recordings and listener submissions make up a tapestry of episodes covering themes such as solo hiking and camping; entrepreneurship; aging; diversity, equity and inclusion; conservation; motherhood; chronic illness, and feminism as they intersect with outdoor experiences.
  • The Joy Trip Project - James Edward Mills' ongoing search to discover how to lead a harmonious life in balance with the natural world and the rest of humanity. 
  • THE WILD podcast - explores how nature survives and thrives alongside (and often despite) humans. Taking listeners across the Pacific Northwest and around the world, host Chris Morgan explores wildlife and the complex web of ecosystems they inhabit. He also tells the stories of people working in and protecting the wild around us.
  • thewildpod on InstagramGet back to nature with surprising stories of wonder and resilience from the world of wildlife with ecologist @chrismorganwildlife

If you have a suggestion for the Hiker Events Calendar, please email the details and a link to Crystal Gartner at