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Forest Park 80-mile Challenge #5

WHEN: Thursday, April 3, 2014
TIME: 5:00 pm
WHERE: Leif Erikson Trailhead on Germantown Rd
TOTAL MILES: ~ 8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN: ~ 1,800 ft
PACE: 3.0 mph
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 Leif Erikson Trailhead and hike the Leif Erikson, Wildwood, Cannon, Springville, Water Line, and Tolinda Trails.  We will be following the route shown on the map below.

This is Portland so expect rain and mud. Wear waterproof or water resistant hiking boots and bring your trekking poles. Wear adjustable layers.  Bring food.  My goal is to complete this hike before it's dark but you know how these things go.  Flashlights are required.

To reach the trailhead from downtown Portland, take Hwy 30 (St Helens Rd) for 7.2 miles from it's intersection with I-405. Continue past the St. Johns Bridge and turn left at the traffic light immediately after the bridge. This is NW Bridge Ave and the northern ramp to the bridge. Take the first right onto NW Germantown Rd and follow it for 1.3 miles to a large parking area on the left, which marks the end of Leif Erikson Drive.

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.

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 if icy. • Rain gear • Safety whistle • The 10 essentials* • Trekking poles • 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.

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  • Mark T.

    Ann, I too was WAY late. (I know the feeling about getting lost and not being used to Portland traffic. ) Decided to go on a hike anyway and ended up running into the group. It was a pleasant hike. One that bears repeating.

    April 4, 2014

    • ann F.

      I'll keep that in mind next time, to show up no matter how late. I did still get out for a run, but not the same kind of fun. Next time!

      April 4, 2014

  • Susan T.

    I like this series so much, and I get a chance to catch up with the trail sections I missed before joining the group. I think I'm going to miss the mud in a month or so when we have completed the 80 miler. An afternoon hiking in Forest Park in light showers beats sitting in work-day traffic anytime. Thanks Severt!

    April 4, 2014

  • ann F.

    I apologize for missing this meetup. I got terribly lost on the highways. Still apparently not used to portland and the rush hour traffic. Sorry to miss the hike.

    April 3, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello Everyone. I am new to the group and excited to do some climbs this upcoming summer. I am looking to climb Mt Saint Helens either the weekend of April 19th or 26th. Is anyone interested in joining? I am trying to do this as a dayhike, and it looks like snowshoes, crampons and an axe will be required. Please let me know if you are interested!

    April 1, 2014

    • Zachary

      Try posting this under the "Plan and Invite" section of the Discussions Page. Good luck!

      April 1, 2014

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