Spring Friday 5.5+ Miles Forest Park Hike & Tara Thai Balcony Lunch Social

A "celebrate the day and the beautiful people we share it with" hike and lunch social...

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 remember no parking in the school bus zone on EB Raleigh between 27th and 26th on school days.

DEPARTING: 10:30 am

TYPE of HIKE: Loop with return to Wallace Park.

PARTICULARS: Easy does it celebrate the day and other people hike. Let's head up the 475 or so vintage stairs in Kings Heights (YES it burns so good), pick up the Cumberland and Wildwood trails and huff-puff a charge (sorta) up to Pittock and the hardest part is done. Then we head down to Burnside and into Hoyt Arboretum. There we can either tour some arboretum trails (by arboretum map) or just veer on toward the Veteran's Memorial and pick up the Wildwood Trail and on to the Japanese Gardens. We will pass thru the Rose Gardens, exit Burnside, and make a beeline for Tara Thai for lunch on the balcony under the predicted 70 degree warmth and sun.

Tara Thai resides at the northeast corner of NW 23rd/Overton and is just a few blocks from Wallace Park and our origination pint. http://www.tarathainorthwest.com/ttnw/pages/pictures.php

PACE: 2.5 - 3.00 mph (or group pace) stairs, trails, hills, and streets.

MILEAGE: I'm approximating this to be about 5.5 miles in distance give or take.... (and we can add in some gentle arboretum loops too.) Honestly this outing is less about trucking hard and fast or even calculating miles but just getting out for some overdue exercise (on my part) and socializing. Let's just enjoy the beautiful day and the people we share it with. Plan for a couple of hours or so of hiking and then casual lunch/social time. Bring cash and small bills and change if possible.

No dogs please.

• I volunteer in this endeavor to simply share time for 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 this group and opting to attend posted meetups indicates that you are taking 100% responsibility for your own choices, well being, and happiness.

• Understand that the trails in Forest Park and Washington Park cross busy Burnside and Cornell as well as lesser trafficked streets while the Marquam Trail encompasses traversing the HWY 26 overpass and other streets when heading to Council Crest.

Tara Thai: http://www.tarathainorthwest.com/ttnw/pages/pictures.php

Event is cross-posted with PNW Women's Hiking Group http://www.meetup.com/PNW-Womens-Outdoor-Group/events/168230592/


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  • Josh W.

    So, I was a few minutes late and went to catch you all up. I think, in retrospect, that I passed you guys just after coming up the Tunnel Trail. My bad!

    April 11, 2014

    • Kris

      Yup I guess that was YOU, lol! Well heck no bad about it but hey you did miss out on Chari's chocolates, the magnolias in the arboretum were in various stages of gorgeous bloom, and lunch on the Tara Thai balcony under the ginormous old oak tree was perfect. We'll just hafta catch you another time :-)

      April 12, 2014

  • Melinda

    Kris, this day couldn't have been more perfect! Thanks for making it special! :)

    April 11, 2014

    • Kris

      Agree wholeheartedly Melinda - perfect in every way :-)

      April 11, 2014

  • Kim S.

    Sorry won't be making it, had an abdominal bug hit hard just as I was heading out.

    April 11, 2014

    • Melinda

      We missed you, Kim!. Hope you're feeling better!

      April 11, 2014

    • Kris

      Ditto Melinda! We missed you!

      April 11, 2014

  • Dánahy

    Kris, thank you for planning this great hike. Sorry I wasn't quite up for it. It was good to at least say hi to you and the others.

    April 11, 2014

    • Kris

      It was really great seeing you again Danahy (its been ages!) and I hope you and Donna had a wonderful day in the sun. Perhaps you can join us for a gentle arboretum tour sometime soon - I will try to find space on my fairly tight calendar but planning ahead is definitely difficult and so "last minute" is probably the deal.

      April 11, 2014

  • Melinda

    So looking forward to this tomorrow, Kris! Thanks for putting this together!! ;)

    April 10, 2014

    • Kris

      Timing was great Melinda so glad it's working out! Thank YOU!!!

      April 10, 2014

  • Melinda

    :)

    April 9, 2014

    • Kris

      Yep! ;-)

      April 10, 2014

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