The Anatomy of Panorama Hikes and Walks

Written by Panorama hiking guide, Steve Pogge. September 2014


With the exception of days with poor weather, Panorama hiking guide, Steve Pogge, can be found year-round leading an adventurous group of residents on a multitude of hikes and walks. Here is the breakdown of the variety of hikes and walks available.

How We Rate Hikes and Walks:

1.         Mileage: Basically, how far are we going?

2.         Elevation Change: What is the actual low to high elevation change?

3.         Base Elevation: Is the hike at sea level or is it at 5,000 feet?

4.         Surface Terrain: A rocky, uneven trail is much different than a paved trail like the Chehalis Western trail

5.         Slope: Descriptive terms are flat, rolling hills or a continuous hill; a hike with rolling hills may still be hard with very little total elevation change.

6.         Obstacles: Tree roots or down trees, crossing streams or bridge, mud or snow; drop offs or steep steps are also important.

7.         Weather: Below 40 degrees or above 85 degrees will make a huge difference in difficulty. This is usually a wild card.

8.         Optional Short Cuts: Many hikes and walks will have shorter options. Occasionally they don’t, which increases the rating.

Definition of Walks and Hikes:


• 1 to 2 miles in length

• Walks are on flat terrain, both paved and unpaved, sometimes with short hills

• Always kept under 1000 ft elevation

• Kept within 1/2 hour of Olympia


• 3 to 9 miles in length

• Hikes are as far away as 100 miles and 2 ½ hour drive time each way

• Hikes although can be at sea level, can go as high as 7000 ft.  Expect hills on all the hikes

• Always on unpaved trails, many times uneven surface.

 Rating System: 

Walks and Hikes are rated as easy, moderate or hard.  It is important that participants realize a moderate walk and moderate hike are much different. The best way to judge if a hike is right or wrong for you is to start easy and see if you are comfortable, then move up to the next level.  Many people will ask me directly if they are able to do a walk or hike listed.  If I have done a walk or hike with you, I will have a good idea of your capabilities and I am happy to email, talk in person or on the phone. With questions or comments, please contact me at:

 Clothing and Gear:

• Walkers need to have good walking shoes, one bottle of water, a jacket, sunglasses and lunch.

• Hikers need hiking shoes, two bottles of water, a back pack, sunscreen/bug spray, sunglasses, hat and lunch and snacks.

• I provide hiking poles, and have extra water, bug spray and sunscreen, but it helps that everyone brings their own.

– Steve Pogge

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