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Climbing Training Hike Program

The Chemeketan Climbing Training Hike Program is designed to keep climbers in shape through a series of training hikes. Most hikes will take place during weekday evenings but some will be on the weekend. The main season for these hikes is from April throughout the summer. Since these hikes are geared towards climbers, they take place mainly on the steep trails near Detroit, Oregon. They are a great opportunity for newer and seasoned climbers to get in shape for the main spring and summer climbing season.

These hikes are also open to non-climbers who are interested in a good workout.


Sign Ups: Signing up for a hike isn’t necessary. Just meet at the designated meeting spot ON TIME for the carpool or meet at the trailhead.

Meeting Time: Typically around 4-5pm, for weeknight hikes, at the Salem Park and Ride on Airport Rd off of Mission St. It takes approximately 45-50 min to get to the Detroit area trailheads. If meeting at the trailhead, plan accordingly. Be on time, as we leave promptly!

Trail Selection: If a leader lists the hike as “TBA”, check this page often as the hike gets closer to see if the leader has put in a trail, or contact the leader. The actual trail may not be selected until days before the hike.

Hike: Since these are training hikes, many times there will not be a specific destination. The leader will establish a turn around time to get hikers back to the vehicles before, or shortly after, dark.

Gear: It is your decision to pack light or pack heavy. Just make sure you have your 10 essentials, plenty of water, and rain gear. Trekking poles are HIGHLY recommended as the trails are very steep. Also please make sure you have a working headlamp.

Pace: There will always be varying speeds of hikers. A sweep will be designated to bring up the rear on each hike. Many times hikes break up into multiple groups going at different speeds. Don’t be afraid to come if you feel you are “slow”. We will cater to all speed levels.


Feel free to contact Mike Pennington or Michael Gurley for any general questions. If you have a specific question about a hike on the schedule, please contact the hike leader.

Training Hike Schedule

Click the "?" on the schedule below for additional details about the hike.
Date DayActivity/Rating Climb Leader
Jan 1Sun
Larch Mountain - New Years Training Hike!
?Billy Bob Davis
Jan 15Sun
Maxwell Butte Snopark Snowshoe & Potluck
?Billy Bob Davis
Jan 29Sun
Henline Mountain
?Billy Bob Davis
Feb 5Sun
Mirror Lake & Tom, Dick, and Harry Mountain
?Billy Bob Davis
Feb 12Sun
Sardine Mountain
?Billy Bob Davis
Feb 19Sun
Little North Santiam Trail #3338
?Billy Bob Davis
Mar 5Sun
Elk Mountain to Kings Mountain Traverse
?Billy Bob Davis
Mar 11 - Mar 12Sat-Sun
Spring Forward Snow Celebration!
?Billy Bob Davis
Mar 26Sun
Sardine Mountain
?Billy Bob Davis

Revised 26 Mar 2014