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
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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