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Forest Park All Trails Challenge #8

WHEN: Thursday, March 13, 2014
TIME: 11:00 am
WHERE: Forest Park, Saltzman Trailhead
TOTAL MILES: ~ 9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN: ~ 1,135 ft
PACE: 3.0 mph
DIFFICULTY RATING: Strenuous on some of the uphills
PERMITS: None required

Are you ready to take the ALL TRAILS 80-MILE CHALLENGE? We've designed a series of 13 hikes that cover all 80 miles of trails (actually 80.97 miles) within Forest Park, the largest forested natural area within a city limits in the United States. These hikes will be repeated throughout the year so you will still have a chance to complete the Challenge even if you don't start at the beginning.

We will meet at the Saltzman Trailhead off NW Skyline Blvd and will be hiking the Salzman, Wildwood, Firelane 5, Leif Erikson, and Cleator trails.

We will be following the route shown on the map below

To reach the trailhead from downtown Portland, drive northwest on US Hwy 30 (St. Helens Road) for 7.2 miles from its intersection with I-405.  Continue past the St. John's Bridge and turn left at the traffic light immediately after the bridge.  Take the first right onto NW Germantown Rd and follow it for 2.1 miles until it's intersection with NW Skyline Blvd.  Turn left on NW Skyline and go 1.7 miles until NW Saltzman Road.  Turn left and continue for 0.1 mile more to reach the parking area.  .

This is Portland so expect rain and mud. Wear waterproof or water resistant hiking boots and bring your trekking poles. Wear adjustable layers. Bring lunch.

Remember to take all valuables with you and leave nothing in the car.

Please remember that I'm simply a volunteer inviting others to join in on a hike, I'm not a professional guide and I receive no compensation. I must insist that everybody be responsible for their own safety and well-being.

No dogs, please.

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  • elaine

    Thank you all for making my first 7.5 miles hike so much fun and being so gracious with a newbie!

    March 13, 2014

    • Severt L.

      I'm glad you were there. It's exciting to be around when someone first starts out and when you win the mega-hiker's award or whatever some day we'll be able to say we were there when you were just a baby!

      1 · March 13, 2014

  • Donblack

    going to have to cancel - ill catch up you next week !

    March 13, 2014

  • elaine

    Just checking in for tomorrow. I'm a bit confused. Does the hike begin at 10:30 or 11:00? Thanks for clarifying!

    March 12, 2014

    • Severt L.

      LOL - I wish someone had pointed out the discrepancy before now! Since the main heading shows it as 11:00 and since that is also what would show on phone apps and such I better stick to 11:00.

      March 12, 2014

  • Lou L.

    Severt, With deep regrets I’m bailing on this hike and taking advantage of the good weather to go to the Gorge with Gene to climb Cougar Rock tomorrow. See you Friday.

    March 12, 2014

  • Melinda

    Wish I could do this one. Just too hectic of a schedule on Thursday. Have fun!

    March 11, 2014

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