What we're about

We are an inclusive and diverse group of people who enjoy sharing our love of exploring Oregon and southern Washington’s trails and byways with other like-minded folks. You’ll find experienced hikers and those who are new to hiking; young and finely-aged; single and coupled; fair-weather hikers and all-weather hikers; those who think nothing of doing a quick 15-mile Alpine loop and those whose idea of a good time is a gentle 4-mile stroll; birders, wildflower specialists, geologists, landscape photographers, and more. Everyone brings a unique perspective and their own special talents to the group in a spirit of camaraderie and sharing. Beginners, experts, locals, and new transplants are welcome. Join us in our next adventure.

Membership Rules: Members must post their real name and photo on their profile that shows their face - Not a flower, mountain or animated character (last name not required).

RSVP policy: IF YOU PULL A NO-SHOW YOU MAY BE REMOVED FROM THE GROUP FOR 30 days. 2 NO-SHOWS YOU MAY BE PERMANENTLY REMOVED. It's very disrespectful to the hike leaders as well as other members to hold a spot on a hike and then not show up. Members with a pattern of late cancellations or signing up and cancelling frequently or holding spots for multiple hikes in other groups on the same day will also be removed from the group.

Show up on time.

Show up prepared: Read the entire hike description before signing up. Don't ask the hike leader to change the itinerary just to accommodate you.

The organizers of the PHMG put a high priority on the safety and comfort of our members. HIKERS WHO SHOW UP AT THE CARPOOLING SITE UNPREPARED AND/OR IMPROPERLY ATTIRED MAY BE TURNED AWAY AT THE HIKE LEADERS DISCRETION. This is a matter of safety; not just for you, but also for the entire group. If an unprepared or improperly attired hiker is injured or incapacitated then the safety of the group may be put at risk by having to stage a rescue.

While we appreciate feedback and constructive criticism about our hikes, rude, condescending comments or trying to stir up drama will not be tolerated and may result in your being removed from the group.

This is a group to meet friends for outdoor adventures. It is not a dating site. Anyone who sends inappropriate messages or causes others to feel uncomfortable or unsafe may be removed from the group.

This group exists due to countless hours spent by hike headers, and they are taking members on hikes for free. It is absolutely necessary you show respect and gratitude for their work, and their rules, or risk being banned from the group permanently. A hike leader can chose to remove anyone from his hike for any number of reason: not meeting fitness requirement, incomplete profile, history of showing inconsideration in signing up and cancelling, showing negative attitude on a previous event, no-show or leaving disrespectful comments.

For more detailed info please read the Portland Hiking Meetup Group pages here: https://www.meetup.com/Portland-Hiking-Grou... (https://www.meetup.com/Portland-Hiking-Group/about/)

Upcoming events (5)

East Zigzag Mountain via Burnt Lake

Gateway Transit Center Parking Garage

TOTAL DISTANCE: 9.5 miles ELEVATION GAIN: 2200 feet PACE: ~1.5 mph with frequent stops DIFFICULTY RATING: Strenuous. This is not a beginner hike, so make sure you are in shape for hiking up a mountain ESTIMATED HIKING TIME: ~ 6-7 hours PERMITS(drivers): NW Forest Pass **PLEASE answer the questions if you want to get on this hike** Hike Description: This is one of my favorite hikes on the west side of Mt. Hood and has it all..beautiful lake, water-fall, wildflowers galore and spectacular view of Mount Hood. For more details in the hike check out the following link. https://www.oregonhikers.org/field_guide/East_Zigzag_from_Lost_Creek_Hike We will maintain physical distance, everyone brings a mask, and we face away from the trail as we allow people to pass. Face covering with mask/bandana needed if physical distance cannot be maintained. People may absolutely chose to wear the mask for the entire hike. Please don't come if you or anyone you were in contact with had COVID symptoms in last 14 days. Everyone goes to waitlist first, then I will add people manually from the waitlist. CARPOOLING: We will meet at Gateway at 7:30 am. For those interested there will an option for protected car-pooling to trail-head - people sharing a car wear a mask in the car and fresh air is constantly circulating. Or people may chose to drive by themselves too. If carpooling, pay the driver we suggest a gas donation of 10 cents/mile/person or rounded to $10 to the driver. Please bring a NW Forest pass if you have one WHAT TO BRING: - Good hiking shoes or boots - Layers of clothing - Sunglasses and sunscreen - Trekking poles, always a good idea - Light lunch, snack/s & water (2-3 liters) - It is generally a good idea to be prepared and carry 10 hiking essentials*. *Navigation, Sun protection, Insulation, Illumination, First Aid, Fire, Repair Kit/Tools, Nutrition, Hydration, Emergency Shelter. For a more detailed description, check out “The Ten Essentials” on the Portland Hiking Meetup Group’s FILES page. ++ A positive attitude and being considerate to everyone is a requirement to be on my hikes. Canceling after noon on Saturday may result in a no-show. My hiking style is to stop frequently to take photos and for conversation. I am there to admire nature, and soak in our beautiful wilderness. If you want a fast paced work-out hike, this is not the one. We stay together as a group. I reserve the right to remove anyone who has previous no-show or too many cancellation or not meeting needed fitness level with someone else from the waiting list. Disclaimer: Hike leaders are just volunteers and do their best to make the hike enjoyable for everyone. Every member of this group is required to read and accept the waiver before they can signup for any event. Everyone is completely responsible for their own safety, well being, injury, loss or damages.

Paradise Park Trail #778 - Slow Pace - 14 Miles

Paradise Park Trailhead

This hike is for those training for a backpack trip or don’t mind going slower – 2 MPH. I’ll be carrying around 25 lbs. and stopping every hour for a few minutes to refuel and rest the feet. It’s been years but I’ve done this hike a few times. It’s a way to get into Paradise Park while avoiding snow crossings near Timberline. If the flowers are in bloom, it’s gorgeous. Once at the top, we will rest, eat lunch and explore the area for an hour. Heck, you made it this far – right! Bring plenty of food and water and other 10 essentials – this is a difficult day hike. All the social distancing rules apply A Recreational Parking Pass is required at this trail head. I'm happy to car pool with one other. Feel free to comment about making car pool arrangements. We will meet at the trail head - see attached link to AllTrails Map. IMPORTANT...this is a full day event please arrive on time. Others are depending on you. ALL TRAILS LINK TO MAP https://www.alltrails.com/explore/trail/us/oregon/paradise-park-trail-778

Hardy Ridge

Online event

IF YOU DON'T ANSWER THE TWO QUESTIONS (NOT ONE) ON THE RSVP, YOU AREN'T GOING TOTAL DISTANCE: ~8.5 miles ELEVATION GAIN: 2200' PACE: ~1.5 mph ascending, ~3mph descending with stops DIFFICULTY RATING: DIFFICULT ESTIMATED HIKING TIME: ~ 4 hours STARTING POINT: See Google Maps Below PASS: WA Discovery Pass Hike Description: If you can't average 2.5-3mph, please don't RSVP. This is a less hiked route compared to Hamilton Mt next door. Please pack a lunch for eating at the top. We will maintain social distance of 6+ feet from others at all time, everyone brings a mask, and we face away from the trail and cover our face as we allow people to pass. I WILL ASK ANY INDIVIDUAL WHO IS HAVING A HARD TIME MAINTAINING 6FT+ DISTANCE TO WEAR THEIR MASK. Failure to do so may impact their inclusion on future hikes. CARPOOLING: Meet at trailhead. Your prerogative to coordinate with others to carpool. If you do, please exercise health department recommended distancing protocol. Trail we are taking: https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/oregon/hardy-ridge Google Maps of Trailhead: https://www.google.com/maps/place/Equestrian+Trailhead/@45.645663,-122.0364819,15z/data=!4m13!1m7!3m6!1s0x5495c29063d922db:0x6a78ecce25eb6f62!2sHardy+Ridge+Trail,+Washington+98648!3b1!8m2!3d45.6610631!4d-122.0266543!3m4!1s0x5495e9b638181129:0x5f33b879c1e99b3a!8m2!3d45.6412841!4d-122.0324582 WHAT TO BRING: - Good water-proof hiking shoes or boots - Mask/bandana (mandatory) - Layers of clothing, rain cover, - Light lunch, snack/s & water (~2 liters) +It is generally a good idea to be prepared and carry 10 hiking essentials*. *Navigation, Sun protection, Insulation, Illumination, First Aid, Fire, Repair Kit/Tools, Nutrition, Hydration, Emergency Shelter. For a more detailed description, check out “The Ten Essentials” on the Portland Hiking Meetup Group’s FILES page. ++ A positive attitude and being considerate to everyone is a requirement to be on my hikes. Note: My hiking style is to stop frequently by creeks, wild-flower, geological marvels to take photos and talk. We stay together as a group. I reserve the right to remove anyone who has previous no-show or frequent cancellations on their record with someone else from the waiting list. Once all slots are taken, and as people drop off, I pick additional people from the waiting list giving preference to new members, new in town, or for a positive attitude on my previous hikes. Cancelling after 9 pm on Saturday will result in a no-show on your record. Disclaimer: Hike leaders are just volunteers and do their best to make the hike enjoyable for everyone. However, hikers are required to read and accept the waiver, and are completely responsible for their own safety, injury, damage, loss and well being.

I pick Forest Park over Netflix (#37) - with mask and physical distancing

TOTAL DISTANCE: 6.5 miles ELEVATION GAIN: ~600 feet PACE: ~3 mph (faster) ESTIMATED HIKING TIME: ~ 2.5 hours Weekday evening local Forest park hike is empowering, when you decide to not succumb to the desire for comfort with Netflix and sofa. We will meet at Forest Park's NW 53rd Drive Trailhead at 5:45 pm and start hiking by 5:50 pm (see map - right of map is north). PLEASE be on time for prompt departure. Expect a brisk pace of around 3 mile/hr pace and we will be back to trailhead by 8:15 pm, before sunset. We will maintain physical distance, everyone brings a mask, and we face away from the trail as we allow people to pass. Mask only needs to be worn if physical distance cannot be maintained. People may absolutely chose to wear the mask for the entire hike. Target group size is around 8 people. Please don't come if you or anyone you were in contact with had COVID-19 symptoms in last 14 days. ** Sorry, no dogs** From the trail-head, we start on Keil on the right and head to Dogwood trail, take left on Dogwood, continue past Wildwood all the way to Leif Ericson. We take left on Lief Erikson, and go about 2 miles, then take the Nature trail to Wildwood, and final 2.5 miles on Wildwood and back to car. WHAT TO BRING: - Face mask/bandanna (MANDATORY) - 1-2 layers, rain-jacket (on a rainy day) - Water bottle +A positive attitude and an open mind and heart really goes a long way on my hikes. Anyone with multiple no-shows or who signs up and cancels repeatedly will be removed. Disclaimer: Every PHMG member is required to read our group's waiver. Hike leaders are simply volunteers and try their best to make it a fun experience for everyone, but assume no liability for any injury, loss or damage.

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