UP, OVER, DOWN, GRUB! FAST 7.5 Mile Hike thru Forest Park + Optional Lunch

START: Wallace Park under the covered area by restrooms adjacent to the off leash dog park at the corner of NW 25th and NW Raleigh. There should be plenty of parking along Pettygrove and also in the Chapman School east bound bus loading zone on Raleigh. Two full blocks are dedicated for community use that enable street parking so as a courtesy please avoid using the residential side of the streets whenever possible.

DEPARTING: 11:05 am

END: Lunch stop (optional for those interested) at Mayura Indian Buffet. Our favorite gems have included Laughing Planet and Sansai Japanese Grill but we are mixing it up and trying something untested and NEW. (When group is large we'll break into smaller groups for different venues.)

DISTANCE: 7.5 mile loop from start point back to origination. 

DURATION: Approximately 3 hours including lunch and back to origination. 

PACE: QUICK 2.5-3 mph average includes climbing 2.5 miles straight uphill to Pittock plus the over, down, and streets for an additional five miles.

NOTE: Fitness levels vary greatly and "easy" and "difficult". are relative terms. Please review and choose hikes carefully. If you do not know your overall mph pace over elevation gain and distance and/or are unfamiliar with this trek in Forest Park this hike may not be for you. Your "yes" RSVP denotes that you are aware of and agree to the following:

This is a fast paced hike averaging approximately[masked] mph and is intended for exercise. It is not for meanders, casual strollers, or those not already physically active. From Wallace Park we work our way to the Forest Park/Lower Macleay Trailhead and from there we push uphill consistent and strong for 2.5 miles with a 900 ft elevation gain straight up to Pittock Mansion with no planned rest breaks, catch a quick breather at the view point up top, and then sail over and down into Washington Park via the Wildwood Trail skirting Hoyt Arboretum and the Japanese and Rose Gardens, then loop our way back via the flat surface streets adjacent to NW 23rd Avenue with no extended rest stops. From Wallace Park, it's roughly 2 hours to NW 23rd and Burnside. Official end point is lunch stop somewhere in Nob Hill but you are perfectly welcome to forgo the eat and meet and just continue on with your day. Getting back to origination point is not the least bit complicated in the alphabet district. All streets run alphabetical north of Burnside e.g. Everett, Flanders, Glisan, Hoyt, etc, and the cross streets are numbered and increase heading west. Work your way north to either Pettygrove or Raleigh, then trek west to 25th. Please don't hesitate to ask if you are unsure about returning on your own.


•  Provided operational by the powers that be, restroom facilities and water can generally be had at Lower Macleay, Pittock Mansion, and Washington Park by the Rose Garden.

• Please dress appropriately and be prepared for changing weather conditions: cold, wet, and/or shine. In mid 40 degree temps it's hot and sweaty going up (the fun part when you can peel off an outer layer) and cool coming down (the really fun part when you can put the outer layer back on.) Do not wear cotton, do dress in layers, and wear suitable shoes. Carry water and hydrate more often than you think necessary. Thou shalt also not forget Kleenex for runny noses for self and fellow woman/man persons that do forget.

• Only sign up for hikes that match your level of fitness and endurance. There are no extended rest stops other than a brief stop up at Pittock and lunch. Our pace averages over 2.5-3 mph up, over, and down and includes crossing Cornell and Burnside and also traversing the surface streets.

• I volunteer in this endeavor to simply share exercise, social activity, and the enjoyment of the outdoors with others similarly inclined. I am not a professional or qualified outdoor guide or trail expert in any way. Joining us indicates that you are 100% responsible for your own choices, well being, and happiness.

• Don't forget to bring your generous self and bear warm smiles.

• We will work up an appetite  http://explorepdx.com/forpark5.html (On this map, the Wildwood Trail is marked in blue; you can follow our trek from the Lower Maclay Trailhead to the Japanese Gardens.) Note that the Wildwood crosses Cornell and Burnside as well as lesser trafficked streets.

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  • Kris

    Good morning all! If RSVP's hold steady we'll have 12 people attending and that's a great number! If you are group grubbing with us cash is not a bad idea to have on hand... the buffet is $10.95. (Swagat is $9.95 and an absolute guaranteed hit or miss and the miss just isn't worth it imo.) There are some cheaper options out there but personally I'm Jonesin' for some Indian buffet and also into trying out Mayura. People are free to make their own choices regarding lunch. I'll be at the meeting place early so update your RSVP asap if necessary. The group scoots at 11:05. My phone tells me we have SUN today so lets go and no excuses!!! :-)

    January 19, 2014

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