Monday FITNESS TREK 8-10 Miles Forest Park + Dick's Kitchen (optional)

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: Typical 8-10 miles over mostly the Wildwood Trail - routes are variable. Oftentimes we can work in 2 and 5 miles lengths in simultaneously if you are just starting out or need shorter distance/time - please message me on this.

DURATION: Approximately 3-4 hours

PACE: Variable from moderate hiking 2.5-3mph pace to optional light jogging in small stretches and some stair stepping.

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.

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 - 3.00 mph average, open to pushing it a bit more or sometimes less as the group requires, and be ready to call this a fitness trek that seeks to incorporate 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 and receive no compensation. 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.




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  • Randy R.

    What a wonderful hike and excellent lunch share with great people.

    1 · February 18, 2014

  • Carol C

    Well this hike took me back to the college days of the think tank @ Lewis & Clark! Such a dynamic group of thinkers and hikers. You all are such great people. Wish I could just package the hike for next Monday! thaks all for letting me be a part of this. So agree with Randy and Kris.

    2 · February 18, 2014

  • Randy R.

    There is great reward for taking a leap of faith and starting to hike in the rain. We got to experience all the ebb and flow of Oregon weather, from rain and wind to sun and blue skies. Couldn't have asked for nicer companions to hike, sing and share Dick's good tasting and healthy food with. We solved most of the worlds problems, if I'm not mistaken. :) We even picked up a hungry stray hiker along the way who helped balance the gender inequality - ha. Thanks, Gene.

    1 · February 17, 2014

  • Kris

    Perfect in so many ways: Downpour ended upon outset and the Forest Park canopy a great umbrella for the pitter-patter thereafter; once again blue skies prevailed at Burnside as usual; great group of individuals and camaraderie to boot, awesome lunch venue for sure. Coming across Gene on the trail and his accompaniment with us to lunch a definite added bonus. Thank you everybody for bucking the rain prediction. Such a treat!

    1 · February 17, 2014

  • Jill G.

    I am wimping out! the combination of the weather and something for work I can't miss this afternoon deterred me. Have fun!

    February 17, 2014

    • Kris

      It's all good Jill! Will see you another time!:-)

      February 17, 2014

  • Kris

    Morning all! This is a kindly reminder to update your rsvp if you do not plan to attend. The weather predictions (as of 7:10am) indicate light rain by 10am with chance of seeing sun by noon. Temps pred at 48 degrees but will "feel" like low 40's (except when hiking uphill of course.) so prepare accordingly and for obvious mud. If you plan to eat with us please be a dear and bring cash if you have it on hand as it lessens the amount of processing time for the kind server. I'm super looking forward to heading out and we'll see you soon!

    1 · February 17, 2014

    • Donblack

      I'm not going to be able make it this morning, hopefully I'll be able to join you next week.

      February 17, 2014

    • Kris

      Thanks for the update message Don and we will look for you again!

      February 17, 2014

  • Kim S.

    Looking at the rain still coming sideways here has deterred me. I hope it does do as the weatherman says, will do my jaunt with the dog and give this walk a pass this week

    February 17, 2014

    • Kris

      Thanks for the message Kim! We'll see you again soon :-)

      February 17, 2014

  • Mark A

    Went to Dick's Kitchen Yesterday after our stair-climbing hike- I give it 10 stars! Great food with lots of healthy options (as well as unhealthy ones too!)

    February 16, 2014

    • Kris

      Truth to Dick's! Speaking of your wicked and killer stair climbing hikes Mark... looking for yours posted up here on ED too. I can't wait! :-)

      February 16, 2014

  • Kris

    I'm going rain or shine (hopefully no downpour :-) Looking at heading up to Pittock via either the 500 stairs in Kings Heights or Lower Macleay. Then over to arboretum, down by zoo around to the Japanese Gardens and then surface streets by NW 23rd. Optional lunch or an uber easy trek back over to Wallace Park. I'm expecting muddy trails and bringing treking poles and wearing light gaitors. Hopefully Dick's can deal and so we shall see how that idea actually plays out. Maybe we hafta nest shoes at entrance :-)

    February 16, 2014

    • Kim S.

      Up for the hike, may pass on the lunch, have the other half home as is a holiday fir him

      February 16, 2014

    • Kris

      See ya tomorrow Kim!

      February 16, 2014

  • Kris

    I haven't exactly routed this thing yet but I'm looking at Dick's Kitchen as I went there for the first time recently and found an amazing menu with sumthin for everyone! (Lunch stop is optional .)

    February 16, 2014

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