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.

Click the following link to view the currently scheduled Kitsap Mountaineers snowshoeing activities.  Guests may register to attend up to two Mountaineers activities at no charge to introduce you to what we have to offer.

Search Kitsap Mountaineers Snowshoeing Activities

To register for an activity, first log in to the Mountaineers site and then select the activity.  On the activity page start the registration process for that activity by clicking the Register button.


Snowshoe Difficulty Classifications PDF Print E-mail

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

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.

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.

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.

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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