The Wolf College offers “Northwest Nature” Guided Hikes and backpacking trips with goals of physical conditioning, naturalist study, and experiencing the emotional and spiritual nourishment of our mountains, forests, canyons and seashores. They are held at locations throughout Washington & Oregon and led by Wolf College co-directors Kim & Chris Chisholm and other Wolf College Faculty.
Weekday Nature Guided Hikes
Weekday Nature Guided Hikes are open to seniors, homeschool families, swing shift and weekend workers, normally meeting at carpooling rendezvous locations at 10:00 a.m., beginning at a trailhead at 11:00 a.m., and ending at 2:00 p.m. Cost for weekday nature hikes is normally $35 per adult, and $25 per accompanied youth, but click on descriptions for exact details and to register, or just call us at 253-604-4681 to register for any 2014 springtime hike at the youth rate! Click the link above for weekday hikes, or see below for a full list of hikes.
Saturday Moderate-Difficult Hikes
Saturday Moderate-Difficult Guided Hikes are open to adults and youth old enough to keep pace, normally meeting at carpooling rendezvous locations at 9:00 a.m., beginning at a trailhead at 10:00 a.m., and ending at approximately 5:00 p.m. Cost for all-day Saturday hikes is normally $65 per adult, and $45 per accompanied youth, but click on descriptions for exact details and to register, or just call us at 253-604-4681 to register for any 2014 springtime hike at the youth rate! Click on the link above for Saturday hikes, or see below for a full list of hikes.
Sunday Afternoon Easy-Moderate Hikes
Sunday Afternoon Easy-Moderate Guided Hikes are open to adults as well as accompanied youth, normally meeting at carpooling rendezvous locations at 12:00 noon, beginning at a trailhead at 1:00 p.m., and ending at approximately 5:00 p.m. Cost for Sunday afternoon hikes is normally $45 per adult, and $30 per accompanied youth, but click on descriptions for exact details and to register, or just call us at 253-604-4681 to register for any 2014 springtime hike at the youth rate! Click on the link above for Sunday afternoon hikes, or see below for a full list of hikes.
Weekend Guided Backpacking Trips are open to adults as well as accompanied teens able to backpack at a moderate pace, normally meeting at a campground location on Friday between 6-7 p.m. where backcountry navigation and camping/backpacking preparation takes place; we’ll share camp breakfast in the morning and hike Saturday to a backcountry location where we’ll experience backcountry cooking and a night in the wilderness; then we’ll do a wilderness day hike on Sunday morning before backpacking out to our vehicles in the afternoon, but click on descriptions for exact details. Cost is $245 per adult, and $225 per accompanied teen, but click on descriptions for exact details, or just call us at 253-604-4681. Or click here to schedule a custom designed backpacking trip anywhere in the US
Click Here for a schedule of Differently-Abled Hikes & Classes which are available to everyone. In addition, call us at 253-604-4681 with ideas and we’ll let you know which hikes can accommodate your needs (such as at the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge for example) or we can help you set a time and location for a custom hike.
For more information and to register for any of the hikes listed below, call 425-248-0253 with a credit card, or mail a $15 non-refundable check deposit (with balance due at hike time) to 1026 14th St SW, Puyallup WA 98371, or RSVP with PayPal on our Northwest Nature Hikes Meetup Site for the North Cascades & Olympic Peninsula (SEA), or our our Northwest Nature Hikes for the Central Cascades & Oregon Coast (PDX).
2014 SPRING SCHEDULE
SEA: Saturday, March 15, 2014 Tiger Mountain Natural Resources Conservation Area located about 20 minutes east of Seattle.
SEA: Sunday, March 16, 2014 264 Foot Drop Wallace Falls Hike located about 45 minutes NE of Seattle.
PDX: Sunday, March 23, 2014 Kings Mountain – Wilson River Trail focusing on plants and navigational skills about 45 minutes west of Portland in the coastal mountains.
SEA: Friday, March 28, 2014 Hike Into Wolf Country starting along the Teanaway River near Cle Elum WA about an hour and a half east of Seattle.
SEA: Sunday, March 30, 2014 Umtanum Canyon Hike across the Yakima River Footbridge near Ellensburg WA, an hour and a half east of Seattle.
SEA: Sunday, April 6, 2014 Chuckanut Mountain Bat Caves south of Bellingham WA, about an hour and a half north of Seattle, with a focus on geology: fossils and more.
SEA: Friday, May 2, 2014 Lake Chaplain Hike to Woods Lake about 45 minutes NE of Seattle, near the old Wolf Camp property northeast of Monroe WA.
PDX: Friday, May 16, 2014 Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge about a half hour north of Portland, with a focus on river ecology, plants and birds. * Accessible Hike.
SEA-PDX: Saturday, May 17, 2014 Mima Mounds Mystery, Prairie Wildflowers & Waterfalls Hike through the Capital Forest about half-way between Seattle and Portland, with a focus on natural history and navigation starting at the mysterious Mima Mounds Natural Area. * Accessible Hike Option.
PDX-SEA: Sunday, May 18, 2014 Mt. St. Helens Anniversary Hike about an hour and a half north of Portland, or 2 hours south of Seattle, with a focus on geology and the 34th Anniversary of the big explosion. * Accessible Hike
June 15-20, 2014 Backpacking Leadership Into Wolf Country from the Yakima Canyon near Ellensburg WA, up Umtanum and towar Mt Rainier.
SEA: Sunday, September 21, 2014 Intro Mushroom Foray & Navigation Hike near Monroe WA about 30 minutes northeast of Seattle.
SEA-PDX: Sunday, September 28, 2014 Mt. Rainier Elk Country Hike near Ashford WA about 1.5 hours south of Seattle and 2 hours north of Portland.
PDX: Saturday, October 11, 2014 North Oregon Coastal Hike near Seaside, about an hour west of Kelso/Longview WA and/or Portland OR, or 2 hours south of Olympia WA.
SEA: Sunday, October 19, 2014 Pack Forest Old Growth Hike located about 30 minutes south of Tacoma. * Accessible Hike Option
PDX: Sunday, October 26, 2014 Lacamas Lake Park Navigation Hike in Camas WA about 15 minutes northeast of Portland, with a focus on navigation and orienteering, birds and plants. * Accessible Hike Option
PDX: Saturday, November 1, 2014 Beacon Rock Backcountry Hike about 30 minutes east of Vancouver WA with a focus on edible/medicinal plants, animal tracks and geology of the Columbia River gorge.
PDX: Sunday, November 9, 2014 Hike Around Battle Ground Lake near Battle Ground WA about a half hour NE of Portland with a focus on navigation and orienteering, birds and plants. * Accessible Hike.
SEA: Friday, February 13, 2015 Clark’s Creek Bird Count Hike near Tacoma WA. * Accessible Hike.
SEA: Saturday, February 14, 2015 Skagit Valley Bird Count Hike an hour north of Seattle. * Accessible Hike.
PDX: Sunday, February 15, 2015 Great Backyard Bird Count Hike in Tryon Creek Natural Area * Accessibile Hike.
SEA: Monday, February 16, 2015 President’s Day Birding Hike in Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge between Tacoma & Olympia WA. * Accessible Hike.
March 27-29, 2014 Potholes Sand Dunes Backpacking Trip in the driest spot in Washington State.