What we're about

Why did I choose Endorphin Drip Hiking and Cycling Club as the name for this group? Endorphins function as neurotransmitters in the brain and are produced during exercise, pain, excitement, and orgasm. I can only guarantee the first three. Endorphins resemble opiates in their ability to produce pain relief and feelings of well-being and the effect has often been referred to as a “runner's” high but the effect can occur anytime that people engage in any strenuous exercise or activity, not just running.

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Does Portland need another hiking club? I don't know the answer to that but what I do know is that I go on a lot of hikes and rides by myself because there is often nothing else available that fits my schedule, my fitness level, or my idea of a good time, so what I'm going to do is schedule hikes and rides that appeal to me and then toss them out into this meetup world to see if anybody else wants to join in.

The events that I lead will tend to be long but moderate in pace. I don't race up the hills. I go at a speed that still allows for plenty of chatter and anybody that knows me knows that chatter is important and we always have time to stop for photos. Also, my hikes can, on occasion, burst out in a bout of marijuana friendliness. If you have ideas for some hikes or rides you would like to do, let us know and we will schedule them in. If you would like to lead some hikes of your own within the group then that can be arranged also.

Not only are we a club, we are a community. That means we are here to encourage and support each other. Nobody is left behind.

I'll always try to accurately describe the difficulty level of each hike or ride in hopes that people will choose events that best fit their abilities.

I am not a professional hiking/cycling guide and my personal fitness trainer certification expired a long time ago so I must insist that all participants be responsible for their own safety and well-being. Hope to see you on the trails and bike paths!

Upcoming events (2)

Columbia Gorge Express: Multnomah-Wahkeena 5-mile Waterfall Loop

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.

Powell Butte 8.5 Mile Hike

Powell Butte Dogwood Trailhead

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.

Past events (950)

Lair Hill Park to Council Crest Loop

Lair Hill Park

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