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Welcome to the Endorphin Drip Hiking Club!

Fact 1: Endorphins are endogenous opioid neuropeptides and peptide hormones in humans and other animals. They are produced and stored in the pituitary gland. The classification of molecules as endorphins is based on their pharmacological activity, as opposed to a specific chemical formulation. Endorphins are produced during exercise, pain, joy and orgasm. We can only guarantee the first three.

Fact 2: 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.

When asked, Does Portland need another hiking club? The answer was so aptly put, “I don't know the answer to that but what I do know is that I go on a lot of hikes 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 events that appeal to me and then toss them out into this meetup world to see if anybody else wants to join in.” ~ Severt Lawyer (Endorphin Drip’s Founder)

That is the essence of our group here on MeetUp and Facebook.
Endorphin Drip does its best to host little to no cost outings for anyone in the area that wants to share the PNW’s Beautiful natural areas and various attractions with other like minded individuals. Our event hosts are encouraged to post outings that fit within their realm of fun and safety. They schedule events that work with their unique lives and schedules.

The events we lead will vary widely in pace, place, distance and elevation depending entirely on what individual event hosts are comfortable with.
You can expect Beautiful hikes on many of the local mountains, exploring pubs, eateries and local events within the city’s multitude of parks and attractions, and most anywhere in between. We may just be spending a couple hours enjoying a quiet Forest Bathing hike one day, and a cold brew after a heart thumping hike up Mount Saint Helens the next! There are a never ending amount of wonders to experience in the area, come experience it with future friends and soon to be extended family.

It is not uncommon for some of our hikes to burst out in bouts of marijuana friendliness, take a quick dip in a lake or river, or even have an impromptu tailgate at the trailhead. Many of our event hosts and members take photos (group photos, flowers, mushrooms, etc,) during hikes. If you are not comfortable with any of this, please refrain from attending our events. There are many other groups out there, join them, we don’t need any drama. There is so much to see and experience in the PNW, it’d be a shame to not try as much as possible in a safe and fun way with people who won’t judge you, because life is just too short to worry about the little stuff. There is a group out there for everyone, and while we can’t promise a perfect anything, we do hope this one is yours!

If you have ideas for some events you would like to do, let us know and we will do our best to schedule them in if possible. If you don’t see events you’d like to attend and you would like to lead some hikes or events of your own, within the group, then that may also be arranged. There will be a short vetting period for anyone serious about leading events. We are always on the look-out for new potential event hosts that we can trust with leading a group. The more the merrier! Please contact the club Organizer for more information.

By RSVP’ing for any of our events you are agreeing to abide by all the posted rules and regulations (see below) for this group and specifically for the event hosts leading events.

Things to know….

Group Rules & Regulations:

* Our Golden Rule in Endorphin Drip is, “No One Gets Left Behind.”

* Our events are group outings so everybody is expected to participate together.. On hikes this may be between any designated pace setter(s) and the sweep(s) and not ahead or behind groups. Unless it’s specifically noted, we are doing all these events together. If you want to go ahead by yourself, or stay behind, then go alone and don’t sign up for a group event. You signed up for a group event voluntarily, no one is forced to attend these events. We start together, we break together, we finish together. By signing up for these events you have implied your agreement to follow this rule.

* Hike Leaders reserve the right to having the last word when it comes to allowing attendees onto their events. Some event hosts may require profiles with members’ faces clearly shown and/or actual names and not nicknames, this is not in an attempt to make things difficult or invasive, but for safety and accountability reasons. Everyone has had different experiences and we all deserve to be and feel safe and enjoy our times together. If for any reason an event hosts believes you have broken your agreement to following this groups’ rules and/or expectations or their own, they have the absolute authority to remove you from an event they are hosting, along with temporarily or permanently banning you from their events or the group entirely depending on the severity of infraction.

* Please remember that we are simply volunteers inviting others to join in on a hike, we are not a professional guides nor do we receive compensation for leading these hikes. Anyone participating in our events accept full responsibility for their own well being and completely absolve Event Hosts of any responsibility of injury, harm or death that may occur during our events. This includes accepting all liability and responsibility for any medical/rescue costs you may accrue in an emergency that occurs during any one of our events.

* We are not professional hiking guides, wilderness outfitters, or medical personnel so we must insist that all participants be completely responsible for their own safety and well-being along with bringing along all the necessary gear/equipment and water/food stuffs they will require to be comfortable and safe. Event hosts will always try their best to accurately describe the difficulty level of each outing in hopes that people will choose experiences that best suit their abilities and desires. If for any reason an event hosts deems you unfit for breaking this expectation you may be removed from events they are hosting at their discretion.

* Distances are estimates only, actual mileages may vary. Unless you have an authagraph, all maps and apps slightly vary in distances. We try our best, but we are only human, and the apps are only as good as we’ve designed them. Please practice patience.

* Time required to finish hikes and events depend greatly on the strength of groups and conditions of the trails. Life is full of surprises and unforeseen hiccups that may change the course of some events. C’est la vie! Be respectful to event hosts that take a considerable amount of time and effort to organize these outings. If you have a second engagement arranged for another part of your day, do not impose your urgency upon others. Event hosts may remove you from attending their outings temporarily or permanently if you are found to frequently double book yourself, are frequently late to event start times or frequently cancel last minute for any number of excuses. Everyone’s time is important and life does happen and change plans, but please show respect to fellow members by following this rule and leading by example.

* Elevations & other burdens found naturally (heavy rain, snow, rock scrambles/edges, etc) on many events are not to be taken lightly. Please consider carefully if you are physically able to accomplish the projected goal of individual events being hosted. Five miles may be nothing on a flat track, but if there is considerable elevation five miles can be potentially health hazardous, add in snow or ice or extreme heat and things can be life threatening quickly if you are not adequately prepared. Please read event descriptions critically and know your limits. If you are unsure , try a step lower than you believe you’re at and work up from there if you desire something more intense.

* Safety/First Aid: Along with the 10 essentials, members are held responsible for providing any medical support equipment they may require individually. This may include but is not limited to items like pain medications, epipens, inhalers, etc. Members are expected to cancel RSVPing for events if they feel unfit to do so or are ill. Please be respectful and responsible, do not sign up for an event if you are experiencing ANY symptoms related to or caused by Covid-19 or any other communicable disease. Do yourself and everyone else in the group a solid, Stay at home if you are sick!

* When hiking, please take care to practice proper trail etiquette; Large groups especially need to be conscious of others on the trails. Do your best to keep to the right of the trails while hiking to allow comfortable passage for others we encounter. We all deserve to enjoy the area and what it has to offer. This includes enjoying cannabis or alcohol at trailheads, en route or during rest stops and any other event/function organized by our group. What is appropriate in one place is not always so elsewhere, please exercise good judgement and responsibly enjoy yourselves.

* Many of the locations we enjoy have laws dictating that dogs must be leashed at all times while on public property and in parks (except in designated off-leash areas). These laws exist for the health and safety of dogs, people and the preservation of natural habitats. If you decide to bring your furry family members they will be required to be on leash at all times. We will do our best to follow all local leash laws that we are hiking in.

* No Shows/Last Minute Cancellations: By signing up for events you agree to the NO SHOW RULE; If you drop from the RSVP ‘Going’ list within 24hrs of an event you may be counted as a No Show. Multiple No Shows will cause you to lose favor on future events. Event hosts may remove you from their events temporarily or permanently for multiple no shows at their own discretion. This rule exists to respect event hosts and the effort that goes into organizing outings. This also respects the time that members on the waitlist are tentatively setting aside in hopes of attending an event. Giving waitlisted members the most time to plan their schedules. It is just the respectful and considerate thing to do, please don’t be flaky! It kills the vibe.

Bullying/Harassment:
Not only are we just a Meetup group, we are a close knit community of individuals who value the true meanings of peace, joy, and Love. That means we are here to encourage and support each other. We believe here that it truly does take a village to raise a strong and healthy global community. We have a strict zero tolerance for any bullying, harassment or inappropriate behavior on/during our events. You will be promptly removed and permanently banned from all Endorphin Drip Hiking Club events for breaking this rule.

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Upcoming events (4+)

Forest Park Weekday Hike - NW Saltzman Rd off Skyline

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WHEN: Thursday, May 19th, 2022
TIME: 4 pm
WHERE: Saltzman Trailhead off NW Skyline Blvd.

Distance: ~ 7 miles
Elevation Gain: ~ 1100 ft
Pace: 2 - 3 mph
Difficulty Rating: Moderate, but strenuous on the climbs
Estimated Time: Around 3 hours

Note, this weeks hike is on a Thursday.

Join us for a mid-week hike in Forest Park. This hike will cover a section of Forest Park between Skyline, Leif Erikson, and Saltzman roads. This is mostly an easy hike with a few steep hills. I will try and keep the average pace to be around 2.5 mph, but this is very group dependent.

Endorphin hikes are group hikes and so everybody is expected to hike between the designated lead hiker and the sweep, and not ahead or behind the group. By signing up for this hike you agree to follow this rule at all times during the hike.

Other:

  • Distance & times are estimates only, actual mileage and time will vary depending on the group.
  • Trail conditions will vary. Some trails are not maintained and will require good shoes. Come prepared.
  • If the hike has a wait list, people who have hiked with me get priority.
  • A RSVP change on the day of the hike, will be considered as a no-show.

Legal:

Hike leaders are volunteers and are not professionals. By signing up for this hike, you accept full responsibility for your own well being/health/safety and completely absolve me and Endorphin Drip of any responsibility for injury, harm or death that may occur during the hike.

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Fun Friday Fawning For Flowers @ Lyle Cherry Orchard

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Fun Friday Fawning For Flowers @ Lyle Cherry Orchard

WHEN: Friday, May 20th, 2022
TIME: 10:15am - 04:15pm
WHERE: 10112 NE Halsey St. (Subway Starbucks)
EST. MILES: *+/- 5 - 6.5 miles
APPROX. ELEVATION: *+/-1,220”
EST. PACE: *+/[masked]mph
DIFFICULTY: *Moderate difficulty, somewhat challenging depending on distance/elevation gain/sun exposure.
ESTIMATED TIME: *+/- 6hrs

Please read thoroughly, there have been many updates made to the rules and expectations.

Description:
Walk with me this spring and let’s enjoy the spectacular display of wildflowers within(and even some outside) the Willamette Valley. These hikes are not for the work out, they are most definitely focused on getting the best views of the wildflowers this spring while we can. That being said, these hikes do range in difficulty from beginner friendly to moderately challenging. Since I intend on having the wildflowers the main focus, I will not be doing any difficult wildflower hikes(I.e. Dog Mountain). This hike will take place at 515 acre property donated by “Friends of the Columbia Gorge Land Trust” founder, Nancy Russell. This poison oak lined trail cuts up and through multiple giant basalt flows from times long ago. This is a great hike to bring binoculars to for any avid bird enthusiasts.

Pro Tip: Download the app “Merlin Bird ID” to help in identifying the unique and wonderful songs of the birds we will be encountering.

Difficulty: This is not exactly a beginner friendly hike, due to the elevation gain, but I will not be going very fast at all. I expect the pace to be between 2 - 2.5mph. Please come on time and be prepared to leave promptly at the posted start time. This hike is known to have a great deal of poison oak, please be mindful of this. Ticks are also prevalent.

Expectation:
Since our focus this time around are the flowers, you can definitely expect to stop numerous times and sometimes for extended lengths. Our hikes are group hikes so everybody is expected to hike between the designated pace setter and the sweep and not ahead or behind the group. No one will be left behind. By signing up for this hike you have implied your agreement to follow this rule.

Carpooling/Driving: We will be meeting at 10112 NE Halsey St. I will be sitting in front of the Starbucks/Subway located there. If you are not familiar with this location, please come early enough to find it. We will be organizing the carpooling situation promptly at 10:15 and leaving immediately thereafter. If you are able to drive I’d implore your to consider driving, I know there can be people without vehicles who would greatly appreciate that. Riders, the trip is 140 miles both ways. Please give your drivers $14 for gas. Please bring exact change.

Parking/Fees: There are no fees or passes associated at this trailhead.

Recommended Gear/Items

  • Weather appropriate clothing/Adjustable layers - This is the PNW, expect rain, mud, wind and the occasionally hot star bright days.
  • Snacks/lunch and enough water to keep you comfortable and safely hydrated. We will be stopping somewhere near or shortly after the midway points to take a soft 5-10min break to eat/use the facilities/relax.
  • A positive attitude, sense of wonder and wish to be a part of a greater community of truly amazing people.
  • Hiking/Trekking poles - This helps both uphill to maintain proper back posture and downhill on rocky or muddy terrain to add extra points of contact. These can also serve as a nice third/fourth point of contact for better maneuvering of varying trail conditions and help with proper blood flow to hands.

Short Reminder of Group Rules - Full Description found in Group Bio on the main page. Being a member and RSVP’ing for events implies agreement of rules posted on bio and event descriptions.

  • My hikes are cannabis friendly. Please be considerate of others.
  • Distance/elevation are estimates only, actual stats may vary.
  • Time required to finish hikes depends entirely on strength of groups and conditions of the trails.
  • Please practice proper trail etiquette; Endorphin Drippers will be conscientious of others on the trail.
  • If you decide to bring your furry family members they will be required to be on leash at all times.
  • No Shows/Last Minute Cancellations: - By signing up for these hikes you agree to the no-show rule.
  • Do not expect to hike with us again if you do not adhere to these rules.

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Endorphin Squeeze! - Conditioning Hike @ Devil’s Peak!

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WHEN: Sunday, May 22nd, 2022
TIME: 09:30am - 05:30pm Please plan on a full day of hiking
WHERE: 10112 NE Halsey St.(in front of Starbucks/Subway)
EST. MILES: *+/- 8.6miles
APPROX. ELEVATION: *+/- 3,251’
HIGH POINT: 5,036’
EST. PACE: *+/- 2.5mph
DIFFICULTY: *Difficult, challenging due to pace, distance and elevation.
EST. TIME: *+/- 5hrs (heavily dependent on trail conditions and group capabilities).

Please read thoroughly, there have been many updates made to the rules and regulations/requirements.

Description: Welcome to the Endorphin Squeeze Conditioning Hike Series!
These hikes are intended to be relatively fast paced hikes with challenging distance, elevation or a combination of the two. The purpose of these hikes are to condition a friend of mine seeking to increase her endurance through a series of increasingly difficult hikes in the area.

Difficulty: This is NOT a beginner friendly hike, we will be keeping a decent pace of an average of 2.5mph , likely greater, throughout depending on the groups’ strength and trail conditions, regardless, no one will be left behind. Please come on time and be prepared to leave promptly at the posted start time.

Expectation: Our hikes are group hikes so everybody is expected to hike between the designated pace setter and the sweep and not ahead or behind the group. No one will be left behind. By signing up for this hike you have implied your agreement to follow this rule.

Carpooling/Driving: Meet me in front of the Subway/Starbucks located at 10112 NE Halsey St. we will begin organizing the carpool situation promptly at 09:30am and should be leaving as a group not more than 5/10minutes later to the Cool Creek Trailhead off of Highway 26. For those who want to carpool, just know that you should be prepared to drive. Everyone should be vaccinated, so carpooling should not be an issue. If you are uncomfortable with people in your vehicle that is fine as well, we will be leaving together once it’s all sorted out. Everyone is responsible for their own safety. Only do what you are comfortable with. It's 45 miles each way. Please contribute $8 each to your drivers to cover the cost of gas. Please come prepared with exact change. If you can not afford this cost please shoot me a message and I will make sure the driver is compensated. However, if you're willing to drive then perhaps you can carpool, a couple people without cars that would appreciate a ride. Plus, the fewer cars the better, it would be best for lowering our carbon footprint!

Parking/Fees: There are no parking fees/passes associated with this hike.

Safety/First-Aid: Do not sign up for hikes if you are experiencing any symptoms related to or caused by COVID-19 or any other communicable disease. Stay at home if you’re sick!

Recommended Gear/Items
• Weather appropriate clothing/Adjustable layers - This is the PNW, expect rain, mud, wind and more.
• Snacks/lunch and enough water to keep you comfortable and hydrated.
• A positive attitude, sense of wonder and wish to be a part of a greater community of truly amazing people.
• Hiking/Trekking poles - This helps both uphill to maintain proper back posture and downhill on rocky or muddy terrain to add extra points of contact. These can also serve as a nice third/fourth point of contact for better maneuvering of varying trail conditions and help with proper blood flow to hands.
• My hikes are cannabis friendly. Please enjoy responsibly and be considerate of others.

Please remember that we are simply volunteers inviting others to join in on a hike. Anyone on my hikes accepts full responsibility for their own well being/health/safety and completely absolves me of any responsibility of injury, harm or death that may occur during our hikes.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION
• Distance/elevation are estimates only, actual stats may vary.
• Time required to finish hikes depends entirely on strength of groups and conditions of the trails.
• Practice proper trail etiquette; Endorphin Drippers will be conscientious of others on the trail. Try your best to keep to the right of the trails while we hike to allow comfortable passage for others we encounter on the trail.
• Many of the places we hike have rules that dictate dogs must be leashed at all times while on public property and in parks (except in designated off-leash areas). These laws exist for the health and safety of dogs, people and the preservation of natural habitats. If you decide to bring your furry family members they will be required to be on leash at all times, minus a few rare exceptions.
• No Shows/Last Minute Cancellations: By signing up for these hikes you agree to the no-show rule; If you drop for the RSVP ‘Going’ list within 24hrs of the hike you may be counted as a no-show. Multiple no shows will cause you to lose favor on future meetup events with limited availability.
• Do not expect to hike with us again if you do not adhere to these rules.

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SILVER STAR Mountain w/ Tailgate after

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Hola Trail Family,

This is a somewhat difficult hike - totally worth the effort for the views at the top! Please only sign up if you are in condition to complete it. If you can do Dog Mtn., you can do Silver Star.

I think the time to climb Silver Star Mtn. is in the spring, after Mother's Day or the Fall when the weather cools but on a sunny day for the spectacular views.

Some say the views at the top are some of the grandest in the area. On a clear day you can see the 5 Cascade volcanoes; Rainier, St. Helens, Adams, Hood and Jefferson.

If the day is cloudy, we will still go but will plan another sunny day for the views.

We'll start at Grouse Vista TH and come back down Tarbell, which is gentler and the much more interesting and pleasant way of returning.

Poles highly recommended if that's what you do. Throw in your slip-on spikes for some hard pack snow at the top. Plenty of warm days to help it melt between now and Monday.

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  • Distance: 8+- miles
  • Pace: 2.5 or 3.0 average. This average does not include stops - only actual moving time.

Going UP we'll average 1.5 to 2.5.

On my hikes, your pace will be determined where you are in line - front go faster and wait at all intersections and the back will go slower.

  • Elevation gain: 2,500'
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Please plan to arrive at least 10 minutes early as we like to start on time.

We'll not take long breaks but several short water breaks (in the shade). Be prepared to just keep going.

Regulars may get moved from wait-list first. This is not an exclusive hike but it helps if I know you've been reliable in the past.

People cancel... That's just life. BUT, If there's a wait-list, please cancel and change your RSVP no less than 24 hours ahead. If there is not a waitlist, you may cancel at anytime before the start of the hike. Please don't be a No-Show as we will be waiting for you at the start of the hike.

IMPORTANT: I do not allow guests. Everybody must sign up themselves and answer the questions for themselves. I've had a few ask that question and cannot make exceptions. Thank you.

Be prepared with clothing appropriate for the weather, good hiking boots/shoes and snacks/water.

You will need to be responsible for yourself & your safety. I strongly advise you to only sign up for hikes that meet your level of experience and health condition.

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