Thru-Hike Training Hikes

9:00 AM  –  1:00 PM

Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve- Northgate Rd Trailhead

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  • Fitness level  4: Vigorous
  • Skill level  1: Beginner
  • Minimum age: 12
  • Group size: 12

Whether you're planning an AT or PCT thru-hike, other long-distance backpacking trip, or just want more exercise on your hikes, this outing is for you! Join our instructors for an informative training hike to get in shape for your upcoming adventure. Our hikes are designed to provide a good representation of the trail conditions you might find on the most well-known scenic trails while remaining close to home. We'll help you learn about hiking equipment, hydration, nutrition, basic navigation, and hiking techniques that will help you succeed. After our hike you should have a much better idea of your ability levels and what to expect on the trail. These hikes will be moderate to strenuous to simulate difficult trail conditions. These hikes are designed to simulate your upcoming long-distance trips. We recommend bringing the backpack you plan to carry, the clothes you are considering wearing, and either the equipment you plan to use (or equal weight) packed in your pack to provide you with the best training for your adventure.

  • Learn about hiking equipment and hiking techniques
  • Learn about proper hydration and nutrition
  • Learn basic navigation
  • Visit some excellent training grounds close to home

Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve- Northgate Rd Trailhead

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If you have any questions or concerns please contact us Monday through Friday 9 AM - 5 PM at (312) 929-3047 and chicago-os@rei.com OR Friday evening through Sunday on our after-hours phone: (312) 834-3734 - this is a monitored mailbox so please send a text or leave a voicemail.