The forecast has this Sunday looking like Portland winter weather, cold and wet. But I need to keep up conditioning. So Forest Park is a good option and a short drive. The pace will be a level 2 trail pace or a ramble 3.5 pace. So not blazing fast but we want to keep up a good pace to stay warm. Be sure you are in condition for for the pace and distance. Sorry for the formal structure I pulled this out from a BECP hike I lead in 2012.
Trail Club has a fee of $1 for member and $2 for none members. There will be a sign in form with waiver you will need to sign.
Hike Title: Forest Park Hole in the Park Hike
Leader: Daniel Van Rossen
Date: Sunday January 12, 2014
Meeting Time: Before 7:50 am, we will be on the trail at 8 am
Meeting Place: Wildwood Trail Parking lot Germantown Road
To the Trailhead: Take State route 30 (NW St. Helens Road) from downtown Portland. Go past and under the St. Johns Bridge and there will be signs showing where to turn for Germantown Rd (it will be a left hand turn at the light). This actually turns you on to Bridge Road but just a hundred yards up from where you turned will be a right hand turn for Germantown Road. Travel up Germantown Road 2.5 mile to either the parking turnout on the right side of the road or the parking lot on the left side of the road. We will leave from Cannon Trail from the parking lot. (Don’t stop at the first parking lot on the left that is for Leaf Erickson Rd. the bike trail)
Objective: Stay Safe, conditioning, test new gear, team building, having fun
Route: We will follow Cannon Trail to Fire lane 9 then streets and stairs to the Linton Trail which takes us to Fire lane 10 and this will connect to Newton Rd. Newton will take us to the BPA Road. We will follow this to Fire Lane 12 and then to fire lane 15 that crosses Wildwood Trail. We will take Wildwood trail back to the parking lot.
Map: Forest Park – One City’s Wilderness (Friends of Forest Park), Also if you zoom in on Google Maps it shows all of the trails and fire lanes.
Elevation Gain: Total Elevation gain is Approximately 1700 ft.
Distance: About 8 to 9 miles depending on route
Event Time: Approximately 4 to 6 hours
Bring: The weather forecast sounds like it could be wet. Plan for a muddy trail and wet weather, so layers and rain gear. Bring water, snacks, and lunch for about five hours on the trail. Main piece of safety equipment is a cell phone. We will be in a city park the whole time even though it may not seem like it a times.
Introduction: This is an urban forest hike in the north end of Forest Park.
Hike Detail: This is a great route in Forest Park and gives us a B level hike without getting out of the city. But Wildwood trail is noted for being muddy in the winter so be prepared. This route combines three different trails, four different fire lanes, a historic road, a working road, and a small section of streets and stairs. It also gives you steep elevation gain (700 ft in one stretch and almost 800 in another), steep descents, and a long flat return to the cars. This is not an out and back. We will be hiking on new trail the whole time even though the trail crisscrosses itself. On the route we will pass the start of Leaf Erickson Road, the original water reservoir for Linton, a Mazama Trail Tending restored trail, an early day witness marker, a possible great view of Mt. St. Helen, a monument to the Hole in the Park, old growth stumps with spring board cuts, and many examples of a forest in recovery.