Down the Rabbit Hole-Vista Ridge Circuitous Route

  • October 5, 2013 · 10:00 AM
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Terrain: Dirt trail, street, sidewalk, footbridge, gravel, stairs, rabbit hole

Total Elevation Gain: 545 feet

Distance:4.5 Miles

Expected Pace: 3 MPH

Expected finish time:12:00

Expected Weather: Expected sunny and upper 60's.

Overall Rating: Average

Dog Friendly: Yes

Transit: Tri-Met 51

Kid Friendly: Yes

Our hike begins at the massive Heritage tree in the middle of Portland Heights Park. Just look for the large tree. It's easy to spot. We'll be there. Parking is available in a small lot and on the adjoining streets. The park is a little convoluted with layers of fields and courses but just look for the tree.

I received the instructions for this hike from Alice, an old acquaintance, who had an acquaintance who told her to "Begin at the beginning and go on till you come to the end: then stop.”

From the park we will meander in a dizzying circle flowing in and out of the trees and mansions having already crossed a small gorge on a very old footbridge.  We'll spend about mile climbing almost to Council Crest, the highest point in Portland, but not quite reaching the top. Then we will descend back toward the start and just when you think we are completely lost and reached a dead end we will descend steeply through the rabbit hole and be right back where we started.

“In another moment down went Alice after it, never once considering how in the world she was to get out again.”

Hmmm...“Curiouser and curiouser!”

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Great time as usual.

    October 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can't wait for the next hike, the Rabbit Hole was a wonderful introduction to Portland Urban Hikers. Thanks, Scott and Carrie!

    October 7, 2013

  • cindy

    I could never do this on my own (would still be trying to find my way out!!) Loved the weather, the scenery, and the route. Nice people too. So we had a few quick detours but Scott very quickly got us back on tracky. (Welcome new members - you will see that we have the coolest pair of meet up leaders in Scott and Carrie. Thanks guys for another great adventure!)

    October 7, 2013

  • mary S.

    We live in an awesome place and today's hike was a great reminder of that...loved the hike today! thanks to Scott and Carrie and all the friendly hikers!

    October 5, 2013

  • Lawrence William E.

    Another great hike. Thanks to Scott.

    October 5, 2013

  • Patricia

    Just loved this hike today! Lots of interesting stairways and paths less traveled that I never would have found on my own. And plenty of beautiful homes and neighborhoods as well. It was a terrific mix of scenery. The perfect weather didn't hurt either. :-) You are in good hands when Scott and Carrie are running a hike.

    October 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you for ordering up such a beautiful day for a great hike! Good work out! ;-) Thank you Carrie and Scott!

    October 5, 2013

  • Karen Z

    Scott & Carrie put together another great hike. Thanks so much!

    October 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    A lovely route, part forest and part residential.

    October 5, 2013

  • Annette

    Scott & Carrie always do fun hikes. This one had great scenery, beautiful weather, and a super combination of up/down. I really had fun.

    October 5, 2013

  • Annette

    Scott & Carrie always do fun hikes. This one had great scenery, beautiful weather, and a super combination of up/down. I really had fun.

    1 · October 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Change of plans! My daughter wants to go to the coast. Have a good hike.

    October 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Darn, another commitment prevents me from joining in this time. :-)

    October 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Scott I am sooo bummed I will be out of town. I really would like your directions (once you proof the trail) from Alice so I can find my way to Wonderland on another day. Thanks and see you next one

    October 2, 2013

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