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Do you love a great hike followed by amazing food?  Do you want to go stand up paddle boarding, kayaking, snowshoeing, or tubing down the river?  Maybe you just want to go out and explore the culinary paradise that is Portland, and meet new people in the process.

We'll head out to idyllic waterfalls and top-of-the-world mountain peak vistas in the Gorge, the coast, Mt Hood, and beyond. There will also be shorter hikes in the Portland area that will be followed by visits to excellent local restaurants.

We may also go on a chocolate tour of Portland, go berry picking on Sauvie Island, cycle along the beach at the coast, and much more.  It's all about amazing experiences while meeting new people.

Join this group today to experience a world of unparalleled beauty, with incredible people, and amazing food. 20s to 40s only please.

** Unsolicited Messages: As a member of this group, you agree that you will not send unsolicited messages to anyone in this group who you haven't met in person.  Doing so may get you removed from the group.  We're all here to connect, but please make first contact in person at a meetup.

** No-Shows: Backing out of an event within 20 hours of the start time counts as a no-show.  You'll be removed from the group if you have 3 no-shows within 6 months.  If you change your mind about an event you signed up for, no problem, but don't wait until the last minute.  It gives people on the waitlist, who may really want to come out, very little notice.  Thank you for being a considerate group member :)

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Wahclella Falls + Dry Creek Falls + Thunder Island Brewing

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Every morning, Wahclella Falls wakes from her slumber, brushes away her morning breath, swishes a mouthful of Listerine, gets her hair done, and is ready to receive visitors for another day.

Standing at just 65 feet tall, Wahclella Falls is a petite beauty, but when she bats her lush green fern lashes at you, your heart will skip a beat and you'll feel tingly all over.

After saying our goodbyes to Wahclella, we're off to Dry Creek Falls. 200 foot columnar basalt walls flank this lovely 70 foot horsetail waterfall. Near the base, lush green moss grows along the basalt as it's fed a constant spray of water from the falls.

After we're done chasing waterfalls, we'll grab lunch at Thunder Island Brewing. Rest your tired feet, sip a cold brew, and feast on a Bacon Jam Burger with smoked gouda, the Salmon Bowl with pan-seared, wild-caught Alaskan salmon, the Ginger Tofu Bowl, or a house-made marionberry cannoli filled with marscapone, chocolate chips, and hazelnuts inside a chocolate dipped cannoli shell! The food and drink options will have you smiling from ear to ear :)

So, come check out a couple misty waterfall beauties, with cool people, and delicious food!

**DETAILS**
Difficulty: Moderate
Miles: 6 1/2
Pace: 2.5 mph - This is almost a quick pace.
Elevation Gain: 1,045 ft
Hike Type: Out-and-Back
Dogs: Yes, if on a leash.
Total Time (including driving): 6 hrs 30 min

**PACE POLICY**
This group hikes at around 2.5 mph, which is neither slow nor fast. If you fall behind significantly on the trail, I will ask that you return to the trailhead and wait for the group to return.

**WHAT TO BRING**

  1. Water/Snacks
  2. Cash (for gas, if carpooling, the parking pass, and for the restaurant if they won't accept a dozen credit cards)

**WHERE TO MEET**
We'll meet at the Gateway Transit Center parking garage at 7:45am (at the NW corner on the ground floor of the parking garage) and carpool from there. Passengers, please pay your driver $6 for gas costs, plus a dollar or two for the $5 parking pass. You can also meet us at the Wahclella Falls trailhead at 8:30am. A NW Forest Pass is required, which can be bought for $5 cash (or credit card with your mobile phone) at the trailhead. The Google Maps link and directions to the trailhead can be found here: https://www.oregonhikers.org/field_guide/Wahclella_Falls_Trailhead

**DISCLAIMER**
By attending this meetup, you agree that you are responsible for your own health and safety and that the organizer will not be held liable for any injury or health issue you may sustain while in attendance. You attend this meetup at your own risk. Not that any injuries are expected, but be cautious :)

Beginner Backpacking/Camping Trip to Indian Heaven Wilderness

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Are you ready for a summer adventure? Do you like camping and backpacking? Then let's head up to Indian Heaven Wilderness in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest in WA and do just that.

I am encouraging beginners to sign up for this meetup. If you don't think you have all the gear, that's okay, there are rentals and you can also borrow items. We can probably figure something out, so I don't want that to be an issue. I'll warn you though, the beginning of this trail has a bit of gain, so don't over pack.

Okay, so the basic plan is to head to Cultus Creek Campground after work on Friday and overnight in the campground. At around 10 the next morning we will put on our packs and head out to Bear Lake where we will setup camp. Its around 5 miles to the lake. We will have the rest of the day to hike, explore and maybe even swim depending on the water temp. There are many lakes in the area to check out. We will head out at a reasonable time the next morning and pack out back to our cars. We may stop to eat somewhere on the way back for those interested.

Be aware of the following: Probably no cell service, once we are backpacking there will be no toilet, not even an outhouse, there will probably be lots of mosquitos, there probably will still be snow in patches.

What to bring: Pack, sleeping bag and mattress or pad, tent/shelter, a few layers of clothes including a hat and gloves and rain shell, personal hygiene items, food and water. We can share stoves, cookware and water filters and that can all be arranged later.

If you have any questions please ask.

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Backpacking Trip to Jade Lake Optional Mt Daniel Summit Bid-WA Cascades

Are you ready for a challenging, yet rewarding back country experience? Are you an experienced backpacker who can carry your pack up some steep terrain? Well, this trip might be for you.

First, it's about a 5 hour drive to the trailhead, and my expected takeoff time is 10 am, sooo, you can get up super early and drive to the trailhead OR you can leave Wednesday evening as there is camping, both dispersed and the campground variety near the trailhead, you could also sleep at the trailhead which is what I'm probably gonna do.

Secondly, this is a pretty long backpack, 11 miles to Jade lake. The trail is pretty steep most of the way, although parts are a bit rolling. You need to be in decent shape to pull this off. I'm anticipating a long first day to get us to Jade Lake, but not terrible.

Here is a good link to learn about this trip:

https://www.theoutbound.com/washington/backpacking/backpack-to-marmot-and-jade-lakes

Okay, so the basic plan is to meet at Tucquala Meadows Trailhead at 10am on Thursday and get to Jade Lake to setup camp. We will hike the next morning up to Pea Soup Lake and possibly continue to the summit of Mt Daniel. This will depend on a group decision. Saturday we will probably start heading back down, we can overnight at Marmot Lake, or continue on down to Robin and Tuck Lakes. Sunday we slog back to the car, most likely stop in the historic town of Roslyn, WA for lunch and then get ourselves back home.

What to bring: 10 essentials, all your normal backpacking gear and food for a three night trip, extra food is a good idea, and one of the 10 essentials. Also, if you are interested in summiting Mt Daniel, then bring a helmet and some traction devices. I don't really think and ice axe is necessary, especially at this time of year.

I'm only taking experienced backpackers on this trip, you don't need a ton of experience, so even if you get a trip or two in before this trip happens then I might consider taking you along. I just want to know everyone has an pretty decent idea of what they are getting into.

That being said, you must get on the waitlist first and then I will be vetting folks and moving people to the going list. I am not taking more than 8 on this trip, mostly due to environmental impacts and limited number of spaces for tents.

If you have any questions please ask.

Backpacking Trip-Spider Gap to Lyman Lakes and Beyond

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Are you looking for a serious adventure and have backcountry experience? Are you an experienced backpacker who can carry your pack up some steep terrain? Well, this trip might be for you.

First, it's about a 6.5 hour drive to the trailhead, and my expected takeoff time is 10 am, sooo, you can get up super early and drive to the trailhead OR you can leave Wednesday evening as there is camping, both dispersed and the campground variety near the trailhead, you could also sleep at the trailhead which is what I'm probably gonna do.

Secondly, this is a pretty long backpack, 10 miles to Lyman Lakes and several thousand feet of gain. The trail is pretty steep most of the way, although parts are a bit rolling. You need to be in decent shape to pull this off. I'm anticipating a long first day to get us to Lyman Lakes, but not terrible.

Here is a good link to learn about this trip:

https://www.theoutbound.com/washington/hiking/hiking-the-lyman-lakes

Okay, so the basic plan is to meet at Phelps Creek Trailhead at 10am on Thursday and get to Lyman Lakes to setup camp. We will hike the next morning up to miners ridge and Image Lake for amazing views of Glacier Peak. We will spend Friday night back at Lyman Lakes. Saturday we will break camp and begin heading back the way we came in. Here, we have 3 of so options of where to stay for the night. The final decision will be affected by how strong we feel.

What to bring: 10 essentials, all your normal backpacking gear and food for a three night trip, extra food is a good idea, and one of the 10 essentials. I'm strongly suggesting a climbing helmet. I really dom't hink and ice axe is necessary, although you can bring one if you like.

I'm only taking experienced backpackers on this trip, you don't need a ton of experience, so even if you get a trip or two in before this trip happens then I might consider taking you along. I just want to know everyone has an pretty decent idea of what they are getting into.

That being said, you must get on the waitlist first and then I will be vetting folks and moving people to the going list. I am not taking more than 10 on this trip, mostly due to environmental impacts and limited number of spaces for tents.

If you have any questions please ask.

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