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Earth Day: Dalles Mountain Ranch 7-mile Hike
Date: Sunday, April 22, 2018 Time: 8:00 am Where: Gateway Transit Center Distance: 6.9 miles Elevation Gain: 1,300 ft Pace: 2.5 - 3.0 mph moving avg Type: Loop Difficulty: Moderate Parking Pass: Discover Pass http://www.oregonhikers.org/field_guide/Dalles_Mountain_Ranch_Loop_Hike Carpooling: The Gateway Transit Center is located at the intersection of NE 99th Avenue & Pacific behind Fred Meyer and east of I-205. We will meet there at the SE corner of the Tri-met Park & Ride across from Fred Meyer. From there we will drive to the Crawford Oaks Trailhead. It is 80 miles each way and a $10 Discover Pass will be required for parking so donation of $15 per person to the driver for gas and parking would be greatly appreciated. Please bring exact change for your driver. Nobody will be turned away for inability to contribute. If you are unable to contribute, please let the hike leader know so that compensation to the drivers can be arranged. 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.

Gateway Transit Center

1234 NE 99th Ave. · Portland, OR

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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!

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