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 sign up for any event, then decide you will not be going, you must update your RSVP to "Not Going". If you are a No-Show for an event, hike leaders may remove you from their hikes for up to 6 months**. 2 no-shows and you may be removed for a year. 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.**  
Be considerate, and do not keep grabbing spots on any hike just because you can.  Limiting yourself no more than 1-2 of PHMG hikes per week is a good practice. Leave spots for new members who are still figuring out how to sign up. Be willing to give up your spot on hike that has a long waiting list, if you have already been on a hike with the group recently.
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. Not everyone in this group is single and looking for a partner. Anyone who sends inappropriate messages or causes others to feel uncomfortable or unsafe will 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. In addition, the group Organizer also has to pay Meetup fees every month. If you are a coming on a lot of hikes, make sure to show some gratitude by leaving positive comments on the hike, or even bringing a small gift after 5 hikes for your hike leader may be a nice gesture. Be willing to give back a little, and share responsibility of keeping the group going. 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 by signing up and cancelling frequently, showing negative attitude on a previous event, no-shows or leaving disrespectful comments. No one is entitled to a spot on a hike, solely because you are a member and managing to grab a spot every time.

Donations: While the membership is free, it cost money to run this group and makes hikes possible. Meetup fees $198/year, plus other incidental charges are paid by the group's Organizer. We like to rely on small volunteer donations from those who join our group's hikes. If you have enjoyed a few hikes with the group, consider making a small donation (about $1 per hike attended, $5/year or $20/lifetime is a reasonable amount). You can pay to your hike leader, and he can pass on your donation the current Organizer.

Liability Waiver: The leadership team assumes no liability since they are just volunteers. Every member is complete responsible for all their loss, damage, injuries, or all cost they incur while attending an event. Attending any event implies your complete acceptance of this liability waiver,

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

Upcoming events (4+)

AM Photography Walk At The Portland Rose Gardens At Washington Park

Needs a location

TOTAL DISTANCE: ~1.5+ miles
PACE: ~2 mph
RATING: Easy to Moderate


Blooming season is coming to a close but the Gardens are still beautiful. One last visit before the rains come!!

A great time and season to experience the blooming roses and other flowers, especially if you enjoy floral, closeup and macro photography. There are also some limited views of the city. This walk won't have much opportunity for wildlife viewing.

I have scheduled the walk 30 minutes earlier than usual so we can avoid rush hour traffic and crowds at the gardens. Plus, light for photography is much better either early or late in the day. Middle of the day with clear skies and harsh light not so much.

We will meet at the top of the rose gardens, near the old brick restrooms with the moss covered roof. Parking is free till 9:30am.

For more details on the walk and the Rose Gardens:
check out this link:

Also, here is a YouTube link about photographing roses:

My hiking style is to stop to admire nature, and take a few photos. Please do not expect this to be a fast-paced fitness walk. It’s important to stop, see and feel nature! Also know I am a passionate hobbyist photographer, not a “pro”. This is not a photo workshop, we are shooting for pleasure, perhaps asking questions and sharing tips on composition and photo processing. I'm sure we will learn from other.

Smartphone cameras are perfectly good for this walk, but bring whatever gear you like. You don't even need to bring a camera if you just want to enjoy nature walks and time with like-minded people. Heck, we even had a person attend a walk with a sketch pad and drawing pencils! I am learning much from others in the group about plants and wildlife in our natural environment.


  • Good footwear
  • Water/snack if needed
  • Smartphone, dedicated camera, but not required. Just come for the walk if you wish.
  • Binoculars for wildlife watching, if you wish.


  • Dogs and/or other pets
  • No drones

COVID-19 Guidelines: Follow the guidelines.

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.

Friday morning, Forest Lane #1

Needs a location

Forest Park loop with some elevation. Around 2.5 miles per hour with estimated 4.0 mile loop. Fire Lane #1 is on 53rd, near Thompson Road, looks like a driveway. About a .25 mile, gravel road in good condition. We leave right @ 9:00. Please don't leave anything of value in your car.

Fall Colors: Indian Heaven Lake Loop

Needs a location

Distance: 14 miles
Rating: Moderate
Elevation Gain: 1,847 feet
Pace: 2.5-3 mph
Hike Type: Loop
Start point: Thomas Lake Trailhead
Permit Info: Northwest Forest Pass required to park.

Hike Description:

Experience this 14.3-mile loop trail near Stevenson, Washington. Generally considered a moderately challenging route, it takes an average of 5 h 59 min to complete. This is a popular trail for backpacking, camping, and fishing, but you can still enjoy some solitude during quieter times of day.

We'll start a little earlier than usual as I want to avoid traffic on the way and on the trail.

** Please understand that you are responsible for your safety and you should know your capability and limitation. **

What to bring:

  • Hiking shoes
  • Sun protection
  • Trekking poles
  • Clothing layers, hat
  • Lunch, snacks
  • Water (2-3 liters)
  • A positive attitude and a spirit of adventure are a must on my hikes!

• Always a good practice to be equipped with The 10 essentials during hikes. Here is the link.

CARPOOLING: We will meet at Starbucks on Halsey Street near the Gateway Transit Center Parking Garage at 6:00 am, and leave at 6:05 am. We can arrange optional carpooling for anyone who is interested. If carpooling, suggested donation of 10 cents/mile/person to share the car/gas cost ($12 estimated total for a round trip of 100 miles).

For people who want to skip Starbucks, we will start at "Thomas lake Trailhead" around 8:00 AM.
Thomas Lake Trailhead:
Please comment or direct message that you are meeting the group at the trailhead.

!!! If going straight to the trailhead and driving a Low Clearance car, make sure you go via NF 6506 road, and only join the NF 65 towards the end. Please check the attached map here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/zLEiH5vw62CYNzh66 !!!

COVID-19 Guidelines: No mask or social distancing is needed for outdoor events. Please don't come if you or anyone you were in contact with had COVID-19 symptoms in the last 10 days.

If you are on the going list and decide to cancel, please change your RSVP to "No" ASAP. Canceling within 20 hours of the start time will result in a no-show on your record.

Disclaimer: Hike leaders are volunteers to do their best to make it an enjoyable experience for everyone, but assume no liability for any loss, damage, or injury, during the event or getting to or back from an event. Each member is required to read and approve the waiver when agreeing to become a member, and is completely responsible for their own safety and well-being.

Fall foliage - Indian Heaven East Crater: 9.2 miles, 1,158' climbing, 4,923' max

Let's start hiking at the East Crater Trailhead and enjoy peak fall foliage on shrubs and ground cover: vanilla leaf, white rhododendron, mountain ash, and especially the huckleberries. There may be a lot of mushrooms of several species, and will likely be berries on some mountain blueberry bushes to eat :-)

We'll do a variation of this hike as described by Oregon Hikers, then head south on the PCT to Blue Lake. Here's my Alltrails map.

Meet at Gateway Park & Ride in Portland at 8:00 AM. Bring binoculars and cameras. Our pace will be leisurely. The drive is 73 miles, two hours, each way.

Sunrise/Sunset at the trailhead: 7:13 AM/6:35 PM

More from the USFS:
East Crater Trail #48
Pacific Crest Trail #2000

Here's the point-specific trailhead weather forecast.

Afterwards, let's dine at Everybody's Brewing in White Salmon.


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