START: Wallace Park under the covered area by restrooms adjacent to the off leash dog park at the corner of NW 25th and NW Raleigh. There should be plenty of parking along Pettygrove and Raleigh but no parking in the school bus zone on EB Raleigh between 27th and 26th on school days.
DEPARTING: 10:35 am
END: Return to Wallace Park.
DISTANCE: Approximately (and optional less or more) 8-12 miles over mostly the Wildwood Trail.
DURATION: Approximately 3-4 hours
PACE: 3 mph is my normal comfy exercise pace on dry surfaces so with the wet and mud we will be traversing somewhat less in spots and accordingly with conditions. I'm slow on stair stepping but I am still there and working it.
ABOUT THIS TREK: Thinking we head up 475+ stairs (in 5 sections) in Kings Heights to the Cumberland Trail and then pick up the Wildwood to Pittock down to zoo, over HWY 26 and up and off to Council Crest. Our return allows for different options and folks can pick and choose according to personal comfort level and schedule. The shortened trek exits the Wildwood Trail at the Japanese Gardens with surface streets taken back to Wallace Park and after the two hillclimbs this will probably be my option. (Other folks may elect to band together and opt to head back up to Pittock and down - either via Macleay or Kings Heights and that's fine by me too. I've just got to be cleaned up, downtown by 4, and still have legs.) I've done parts of these routes in bits and pieces so mileage here is only a guesstimate until it's done. Stairs may be icy, trail may be muddy but more than likely frozen with temps in similar range so prepare accordingly.
My schedule allows for am jaunts into my neighborhood Forest Park and I'm looking to take advantage of it as often as possible to boost up my fitness level. You are welcome to join me and we can work on our individual goals together in good safe supportive company. Treks can vary according to interest and needs but the idea is just to get out on the trail, use it (or lose it) and work it. We sometimes like to grab a healthy bite in Nob Hill afterwards but this is entirely optional and according to individual preference, schedule, or whim.
Fitness Treks are currently held on Mondays and Wednesdays.
Your wonderful YES RSVP agrees to the following:
• This hike is not a walk in the park. You should be fit enough to sustain a 2.5-3 mph average, open to pushing it a bit more and/or willing to go less if others can't keep up, and be ready to call this a fitness trek that seeks to incorporates stairs, dirt trails, steep hills, and some miles OH YEAH! If your fitness level exceeds mine then you will be MY inspiration and that's even more wonderful :-)
• Fitness levels vary greatly and easy and difficult are purely relative terms. If you don't know your average mph over miles and variable terrain, message me and we'll talk on ideas on how to get you started here.
• Please dress appropriately and be prepared for changing weather conditions: cold, wet, and/or shine. In mid 40 degree temps it's hot and sweaty going up (the fun part when you can peel off an outer layer) and cool coming down (the really fun part when you can put the outer layer back on.) Do not wear jeans or cotton, do dress in layers, wear suitable shoes, and carry water.
• I volunteer in this endeavor to simply share exercise, social activity, and the enjoyment of the outdoors with others similarly inclined. I am not a professional or qualified outdoor guide or trail expert in any way. Joining me indicates that you are 100% responsible for your own choices, well being, and happiness.
http://explorepdx.com/forpark5.html (On this map, the Wildwood Trail is marked in blue; you can follow our trek from the Lower Maclay Trailhead to the Japanese Gardens.) Note that the Wildwood crosses Cornell and busy Burnside as well as lesser trafficked streets.
Fitness Treks are cross posted to give more flexibility and options en route.