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Interpretive Hike - Maple Trail and More in Forest Park
Come explore this Portland hiking gem together - Forest Park! I'll be interpreting the trees and plants we see, along with their indigenous Indian uses (including edibles.) There is a suggested donation of $5, but no one turned away for lack of funds. This is about a 6 mile loop hike, on Firelane 5, Maple Trail, Wildwood Trail, and Saltzman Road. Working on the 'all trails' goal in Forest Park (there's about 80 miles of trail here!) Let's explore one of the nation's biggest 'urban' wild places end to end. Our pace on this one will be moderate, about 1.5 + miles per hour, a little faster on the flats and mellow up the hills. The lush ferns and draping moss in these steep ravines show the temperate rainforest nature of this place. Get a nice map at: Hiking boots, clothing for the weather, and water are essential. I recommend also food, a flashlight, whistle, and all the 'ten essentials of hiking.' Portland Parks and Recreation has this to say about the park: "Forest Park ( is one of the largest urban natural areas ... and connects the city to the forested Pacific Coast Range. Covering more than 5,000 acres, it is a varied and evolving forest ecosystem. Overlooking the Willamette River, the park stretches for nearly eight miles along the northeast slope of the Tualatin Mountains. Over 100 species of mammals and more than 100 kinds of birds thrive in Forest Park. Blanketed with Douglas fir, the park is home to hundreds of species of flowers and shrubs, including trillium and sword fern. Over 70 miles of interconnecting trails and lanes provide opportunities for circle hikes of varying lengths, including the 30-mile-long Wildwood Trail, a National Recreational Trail." Put it in the comments if you want a ride or to carpool to our meeting site - let's pitch in to reduce our carbon footprint. We will do a short carpool from the meeting site to the trailhead. Also, make sure to change your RSVP if you can't make it. See ya!

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This Meetup group is for people who don't hike in 'mission mode'. We don't drive through to the finish line, we stop and smell the roses. This is a great group for people who for health reasons need to take it a bit slower, or for people who want to stop and ID plants, or read trail signs, listen to birdsong, take photos, declaim poetry, contemplate color. Please send me your hike suggestions, and if you have knowledge of birds, herbology, trail reading, edible plants, meditation, whatever, I would be delighted to set up a hike for you to share what you know.

One bit of advice: Always check the Meetup site the morning of the hike you've signed up for to see if there are last minute changes.

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