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WHEN: Monday, Feb 25, 2019 TIME: 8:50 am WHERE: Gateway Transit Center TOTAL MILES: ~ 5 miles ELEVATION GAIN: ~ 1,600 ft PACE: 2.0 - 2.5 mph DIFFICULTY RATING: Moderate http://www.oregonhikers.org/field_guide/Multnomah-Wahkeena_Loop_Hike There is a chance of snow on the 25th so I've scheduled a hike that is available to us using public transportation. The hike will only be cancelled if the Columbia Gorge Express isn't running due to road conditions. The bus leaves at 9 am and they won't wait if you are running late so please arrive early enough to figure our where our gathering place is. The Columbia Gorge Express gets us to Multnomah Falls at 9:30 am and we want to catch the return bus from Multnomah Falls at 1:55 pm. We will have 3 hrs and 25 minutes to complete the 5-mile hike. Foot traction will be required on this hike if the trails are icy or snowy or you will need to be prepared to return to the trailhead at Multnomah Falls and wait for our return bus if you can't continue. We will be doing the hike in a clockwise direction rather than the way it is written on oregonhikers.org. Carpooling: We will be taking the Columbia Gorge Express bus from Gateway to Multnomah Falls. Round trip bus fare is $5 and can be purchased at the bus with either cash (exact change) or credit card but they prefer that you purchase your bus ticket in advance online to reduce boarding time. Tickets may be purchased at http://columbiagorgeexpress.com/schedule-tickets but please be aware that tickets are non-transferable from one date to another. Trimet passes are not valid on the Columbia Gorge Express. If you drive to Gateway, you can finding parking in the Tri-met Park & Ride parking structure. The bus stop is at the south end of the transit center and is marked by a large blue sign that says LIFT rather than having a bus number. Bring sturdy boots, food, water, and extra layers of non-cotton clothing, depending on weather conditions. Please remember that I am merely a volunteer hiker willing to lead a hike. I am not a professional hiking guide nor do I receive compensation for leading these hikes. You are responsible for your own safety and comfort.
Date: Tuesday, Feb 26, 2019 Time: 10:15 am Place: Powell Butte Dogwood Trailhead Address: 14424 SE Center St, Portland, OR Distance: 8.5 miles Pace: 3.0 mph Cumulative Elevation Gain: ~1200 ft Difficulty: Moderate (some steep trails) Come join me on this hike that features both deep woods and open meadows along with some great views along the way. Powell Butte is one of those lesser known gems despite being the second largest park in Portland after Forest Park. We will meet at the address given above but please note that the address is very difficult to see from the street. The parking lot that used to exist at that location is now closed. There is always plenty of street parking available. My hikes are group hikes so everybody is expected to hike between the designated pace setter and the sweep and not ahead of the group. Time required to finish the hike depends on strength of group and conditions of the trail. Please remember that I am simply a volunteer inviting some friends to go on a hike with him. I must insist that you be responsible for your own safety and well-being.