Forest Park 80-mile Challenge, Hike #1

WHEN: Thursday, Feb 14, 2014
TIME: 11:00 am
WHERE: BPA Road Trailhead on Skyline Blvd
TOTAL MILES: ~ 7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN: 1,774 ft
PACE: 3.0 mph
DIFFICULTY RATING: Strenuous
ESTIMATED HIKING TIME: 3 hours
PERMITS: None required

Several of us have goals this year of completing the ALL TRAILS CHALLENGE which means we will be hiking all 80 miles of trails in Forest Park. I will be designing routes that will help us accomplish that goal. Because not all of the trails can be done as an independent loop it will require hiking more than those 80 miles to complete the entire challenge.

These hikes will be repeated throughout the year.  I'm not sure how many there will be in total as I haven't devised all the routes yet.

THIS IS NOT AN EASY HIKE! Don't let the 7 mile distance on this hike fool you as some of the trails are very steep. The book "One City's Wilderness" by Marcy Cottrell Houle lists portions of this hike as "strenuous". We will meet at the BPA Road Trailhead on NW Skyline Blvd, take the BPA road downhill to explore the two forks of Firelane 13 and 13A then take the rest of the BPA road to Newton Rd where we'll hike the Wildwood back up to the BPA Road and return to our starting point.

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.

To reach the trailhead, drive NW along NW Skyline Blvd 5.6 miles from the intersection of NW Skyline Blvd and NW Cornell Rd. The parking area, which is just past Milepost 9 on NW Skyline, can accommodate up to six cars. It is somewhat difficult to see as it is off the road, near a row of mailboxes with numbers beginning at 9640. There is additional street parking about 50 feet south of the BPA road which can accommodate another 10 or so cars. The easiest way of knowing you are in the right place is to look for my big white camper van.

What to bring: • Sturdy hiking boots/shoes with at least one change of socks • Three to five light layers of clothing that can be adjusted or removed as necessary. No Cotton! • Traction devices (only a suggestion at this point but be prepared to be turned away if the conditions are icy and you don't have traction devices) • Rain gear • Safety whistle • The 10 essentials* • Trekking poles (never a bad idea) • Lunch, snacks and plenty of water

*Navigation, Sun protection, Insulation, Illumination, First Aid, Fire, Repair Kit/Tools, Nutrition, Hydration, Emergency Shelter.

For a more detailed description, check out “The Ten Essentials” on the Portland Hiking Meetup Group’s FILES page.

Please remember that I'm simply a volunteer inviting others to join in on a hike, I'm not a professional guide. I must insist that everybody be responsible for their own safety and well-being.

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  • Craig G

    Really enjoyed hiking with everybody on this Meetup. It was great to meet a new set of folks (who like chocolate)! Will look for more Forest Parks hikes during the midday week. BTW - Whom did Severt pay to hold off the rain and allow us a glimpse of sunshine??? I guess it doesnt matter - weather held out for us! Thanks for hosting this Severt!

    1 · February 14

    • Bill

      The rain godness noticed that Severt brought umbellas... and decided it was not worth her trouble to rain on us.

      February 14

    • Craig G

      Good to see you Bill!

      February 14

  • Severt L.

    I can't believe that once again we got through a hike without being rained on. This has been an amazing winter! Thanks, everybody, for joining in with me on this hike! I hope everybody enjoyed the little part that got added on! :)

    1 · February 14

  • Connie

    A very hearty hike with lots of variety--fording streams, crossing bogs, and steep climbs:)

    1 · February 14

  • Janice A.

    it's was great to meet everyone. fun hike. fun group. I'll be on more of these for sure.

    2 · February 14

  • Craig G

    Excellent! Severt provided top-notch leadership. Well organized. Well thought out. Severt was very well prepared. Will hike with Severt again.

    2 · February 14

  • Bill

    Sorry, I went to the wrong trailhead.

    February 14

  • Susan

    Note that Cornell Road is closed by rockfall today.

    1 · February 14

  • Connie

    Bill, do you plan to ride with someone? I am full up...I don't want you to get stranded there but the only room I have left is the back where the gear will be.
    [masked]

    February 14

  • Connie

    Severt, Kirstie, Jim (Randy), I'll see you guys tomorrow at Goodwill at 10:00am. I will be there by 9:50. I drive a black 4-runner. Please bring a change of shoes for zee mud. Round trip is just over 29 miles, so please stuff $3 into my gas tank.

    February 13

    • Bill

      Maybe I'm naïve, but I can't find "6th and Mill" on the map, nor can I find any Goodwill stores with a similar address.

      February 14

    • Bill

      OK - found it - downtown. I live in Beaverton, so I'll meet you at TH.

      February 14

  • Jim H.

    If you haven't checked the news this morning, Cornell is closed below Skyline due to a landslide. It will not be open anytime soon. I'm not real familiar with area roads but I suspect the way to go is Germantown rd from hwy 30 to Skyline.

    February 14

  • Severt L.

    I've added a photo of the parking area in the text of the hike. I'm carpooling rather than driving so you won't be able to use my van as a guidepost. 9640 looks like a private driveway but it's not. In addition to the parking you see in the photo, about 50 ft prior to that there is room for another 10 cars or so on the side of the road just past the power lines.

    1 · February 13

  • jen

    Anyone want to hike forest park today? So sunny

    1 · February 13

    • Craig G

      Tempting but I cannot get out today...hopefully Severt's Thurs hiking group will leave us just enough sun for tomorrow. I am in denial about the forecast listed for tomorrow.

      February 13

  • Erin

    I am new to this group and noticed that all hikes for shown on the calendar are full. Wondering if that is always the case or ???

    February 11

    • Karen B.

      I had a lot of back 'n forth with my bf who was planning on taking the day off to spend with me and didn't know whether he wanted to hike or not -er. Finally decided I'd just go and sign up anyway and it's full. Planning on just showing up -bit nervous about finding the starting point though, last time I drove back and forth along skyline and never was sure of the road into the Park and where it was ok to take/park my car.

      February 12

    • Severt L.

      Hey Karen, I'll post a pic of the parking place before the day is over so that you'll know what you are looking for. It's only difficult to find the first time! :)

      2 · February 12

  • Erin

    Hi all! A job opportunity came up for Friday, and I need to take it! Have a great time & sometime soon I'll hike with you all!

    February 12

  • Connie

    Hi, for those carpooling with me, Severt brought up an important point and I do have a newish car. Please bring clean shoes/pants for the ride home. Much appreciated:)

    February 10

  • Connie

    Severt, Mickey and I can take three hikers from the Goodwill on Mill and 6th if that helps.

    February 8

    • Kirstie

      Thanks Connie! I'll go ahead and email you my mobile number this week in case you can't find me. What time did you want me to be at the Goodwill?

      February 9

    • Severt L.

      Connie, I would recommend bringing some plastic or some painter's tarps to put in your floorboard unless you can get people to bring clean shoes to put on afterwards. It's likely to be a mudfest out there.

      1 · February 10

  • Craig G

    It might be interesting to see what a sled does on some of the descents. Too bad most of the snow will be gone by then.

    1 · February 7

    • Craig G

      Well, if it keeps snowing, it might be an interesting experiment. I fear this will be mud by Friday, altering the experiment.

      1 · February 8

    • Severt L.

      Don't fear the mud, BE the mud!

      2 · February 10

  • Severt L.

    We are only limited by the amount of parking on this hike so if you are on the waitlist but can get a ride to the trailhead let me know and I'll add you on to this hike. That said, I'd also encourage anybody already going to carpool if they can.

    February 8

  • Susan T.

    Hey Severt, I signed up early for this hike when it was going to be today (2/7). Would like consideration, please. And it is for Friday, 2/14, right? Not on Thurs, 2/13? Thank you.

    February 7

    • Severt L.

      I had realized as soon as I'd deleted the cancelled hike that I should have written the names down and given them priority in this one but it was too late. Anyway, you are in and yes, it is on Friday, 2/14.

      2 · February 7

  • Wendy R.

    Beyond my skill level.

    February 7

    • Severt L.

      Well, we don't do all 80 miles at one time. :)

      2 · February 7

    • Wendy R.

      Still beyond me. I'm leery of steep terrain, and don't have trekking poles, or a walking stick.

      February 7

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