With its combination of varied contours and runnable forest, Hamlin Park was one of our favorite training maps for years. The contours remain, but the park has increasingly focused on planting new forest undergrowth–perhaps necessary in a popular city park that gets constant foot traffic. So today most contour recognition happens from the trails. There have also been some building changes since this map was last used for an event and the map updated.

ABOUT THE PERMANENT COURSE

This venue features a permanent course, which you can do at any time! To try it out, print the PDF map and control descriptions below (or simply open them on your smart phone), read the instructions on the permanent course page, and have fun!

  1. Print/view the map
  2. Print/view the control description
  3. Learn the basics on the Permanent Course page

CascadeOC supports many permanent courses over a large geographic area. This makes it challenging for our volunteers to keep up with maintenance and information on their condition. If you observe any damaged, obscured, or missing markers, please notify Thomas Lanphear.

To find more venues with permanent courses, visit the Map of Maps page, where each permanent course is marked by a yellow pin.

Note: Samples of the map are provided here for educational purposes only; the map shown here is not kept up-to-date.

The permanent orienteering courses at Hamlin Park were designed and installed as a Boy Scout Eagle Award Service Project by Colby Cruz, Boy Scout Troop 309, Shoreline, WA.

The purpose of providing these navigational and physical ratings below is to provide greater context for how challenging an orienteering course at this venue might be. For example, an advanced-level course at a local city park will be easier to complete than an advanced-level course in the mountains.

Navigational Challenge Rating: 5

The combination of a dense (and growing) trail network and numerous areas of  sparse forest that may or may not have trails makes trail-counting somewhat inaccurate. You will definitely learn either compass skills or contour recognition!

Physical Challenge Rating: 3

There are lots of hills, but staying on trails, you won’t be climbing most hills.