Snowshoe Information

Chair: Doug Terry

 
Snowshoe Trip Signup PDF Print E-mail

Members and Guests: How to find scheduled activities or courses and sign up online.

Look below on this page for the list of currently scheduled Kitsap Mountaineers snowshoe trips or courses. The complete list of currently scheduled Kitsap Mountaineers snowshoe activities may be viewed by clicking on the Search Kitsap Branch Activities link. For safety reasons, guests may not register for snowshoe trips until completing the appropriate snowshoe course or equivalency. Member online registration for our snowshoe activities can be completed by following the instructions once you click on the Search Kitsap Branch Activities link.

Guests may register online to take a Kitsap Branch Snowshoeing course such as Snowshoe Lite by clicking on the Search Kitsap Branch Activities link, which will list currently scheduled courses, then clicking on the GO button to the left of the course you want to take. After clicking on the GO button, click on the red GUEST link on the Registration page and follow the online instructions to sign up as a Guest, agree to the Waiver and pay for the Course, after which you will be registered for the course. Trouble registering online? CALL the Mountaineers at 1-800-573-8484 during business hours.

Search Kitsap Branch Activities

Scheduled Snowshoe Trips

Signup typically opens 2 to 3 weeks before the trip.  Use the "Search Kitsap Branch Acivities" link above to see whether the trip has been added to mountaineers.org and whether it is open for signup.  Please signup for the trip online using the "Search Kitsap Branck Activities" link above.

 

 
Snowshoe Difficulty Classifications PDF Print E-mail

(may vary due to climb rate or trail conditions):

Easy
0 - 500 ft. elevation gain, maximum 6 miles round-trip. Open to all properly equipped members of the Mountaineers.

Easy +
500 - 2,000 ft elevation gain, maximum 10 miles round trip. Easy Moderate tours converted to Easy +. NO ice axe required due to the terrain and combination of elevation gain and miles. Minimal avalanche danger. Must be a graduate of the Snowshoe Lite, or a student or graduate or Advanced Snowshoe or Winter Travel, Alpine Scrambling or Basic Climb courses.

Moderate
500 - 2,000 ft. elevation gain, maximum 10 miles round-trip. Ice ax required. Must be Advanced Snowshoe student or graduate, or Alpine Scrambling or Basic Climbing course graduate.

Strenuous
2,000+ ft. elevation gain, no maximum distance. Ice ax required. Crampons may be required. Must be Advanced Snowshoe student or graduate or Alpine Scrambling or Basic Climbing course graduate.

The Pace of the trip is defined as:
(L pace) Leisurely pace: The slowest pace trips.
(S pace) Social pace: Less than 2 miles per hour. Suitable for conversation and observation.
(M pace) Moderate pace: Approximately 2 miles per hour.
(F pace) Fast pace: Greater than 2 miles per hour.

 
Carpooling, Cross Sound Transportation & The Meeting Places PDF Print E-mail

Northern Olympic Peninsula hikes initially meet at the Park and Ride at the Poulsbo Church of the Nazarene, 22097 Viking Way NW, Poulsbo, WA. It is on Viking Way, north of Hwy 305, adjacent to the Washington State Patrol office (talk about secure parking!)
Southern Olympic Peninsula hikes meet at the Bremerton National Airport.
Port Townsend members anticipate meeting at Fat Smitty's in Discovery Bay.

Kitsap recommends taking the Ferry when coming from the mainland. Take the Edmonds to Kingston Ferry to avoid the slow exit from Bainbridge Island when engulfed in traffic. Time from Kingston Ferry landing to Quilcene Ranger Station is 45-50 minutes.  We often plan a post trip gathering at a convenient restaurant.

Mileage
For driver/passenger planning purposes, the one way distance from Poulsbo Church of the Nazarene to: Heart of the Hills Ranger Station, Heather Park, and Lake Angles trailheads is 63 miles. Hurricane Ridge Parking Lot is 75 miles. Camp Handy Trailhead is 59 miles. Tubal Cain Trailhead is 61 miles. Silver Lakes Trailhead is 62 miles.

 
Registration & cancellation PDF Print E-mail

Most Kitsap Mountaineer Snowshoe trips  meet at the Poulsbo Church of the Nazarene for ride sharing, however hikers must sign up in advance with the leader for Snowshoe trips where required.  Trips are limited to 12 people including the leader. If you find that you are unable to participate in a trip for which you are registered, please notify the leader ASAP.
Don"t wait until the last minute to sign up. Trips are canceled when there are too few registrations and popular trips fill up quickly.

 
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