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.

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

Upcoming events (4+)

Gales Creek - Storey Burn Loop Hike

Sunset Transit Center Park & Ride

PACE: ~2 mph with stops
STARTING POINT: Summit Trail Head

Hike Description:

This beautiful hike in the Tillamook State Forest is easy to get to and nice to do this time of year. This area by highway 6, with its lower elevations, offers all year hiking opportunities. This loop is a well-sign posted forested hike with numerous creek crossings and a couple of small waterfalls

For more details,

COVID: Please don't come if you or anyone you were in contact with had COVID-19 symptoms in last 14 days.

CARPOOLING: We will meet at Sunset Transit Center parking garage at 7:45 am for carpooling. You must be vaccinated and wear a mask to carpool. If carpooling, suggested donation of $7 per person to driver to share cost of gas/car ($0.10 /mile for 70 miles round trip). Or drive on your meet at Summit trailhead on Highway 6 at 8:30 am

- Good water-proof hiking shoes or boots
- Layers of clothing, rain cover,
- Light lunch, snack/s & water (~2 liters)
- Trekking poles (recommended)

+ Positive attitude and a spirit for adventure are a must!
++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.

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, my helpers and entertainers. Cancelling after 9 pm on the day before the hike 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. Each member is required to read and approve the waiver when agreeing to become member, and are completely responsible for their own safety and well-being.


Portland Japanese Garden Fall Colors Hike

Needs a location

PACE: ~3 mph (FAST) till we arrive at the Gardens
ESTIMATED HIKING TIME: ~ 3 hrs (or more if people want to stay at the gardens)
RATING: Moderate

Fall colors are coming to the Portland Japanese Gardens. This garden is rated by the NY Times as the best Japanese garden in north America. It is truly spectacular in fall. You should definitely bring a camera. According to the Garden Staff, they expect peak color in 2 to 3 weekends from now.

Entry to the Japanese Gardens is $19 for adults and $16.25 for seniors.

We will meet at the Forestry Center, next to the Portland Zoo parking lot. You can pay to park at the zoo's lot, or park on Fairview Blvd or other roads for free. We will start at the Vietnam Vet Memorial, and hike over to the Gardens. We will spend about an hour at the Garden (more if people insist). and then hike back to the zoo parking lot.

** Sorry, no dogs**

- Mask
- Water bottle
- 1-2 layers of clothing / rain jacket based on weather

COVID-19 Guidelines: Please don't come if you or anyone you were in contact with or had COVID-19 symptoms in last 14 days.

Note: If you are in the going list, and decide you are not going to attend, please update your RSVP to "Not going".

Disclaimer: 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. Every PHMG member is required to read our group's waiver, and signing up or attending an event implies your approval.

McNeil Point - Mt Hood

Top Spur trailhead

Distance: 8.5 miles
Rating: hard
Elevation Gain: 2585 feet
Pace: ~2mph
Hike Type: Out and Back
Start point: Top Spur Trailhead
Permit: Yes (Annual NW Forest Pass or $5 day pass)

To join the coming hike, you need to be fully vaccinated!

Info on the trail:

Parking lot requires Annual NW Forest Pass or $5 day pass. Pass must be acquired beforehand as they are not sold at the trailhead.

Pack a rain jacket even the weather forecast says no rain, just in case.
Pack a pair of polyester or wool hiking socks... change socks during lunch break... your feet will be happier... moisture trapped in boots make feet more tired. Silicone toe caps and ball of foot pad helps when going downhills.
Sun screen, hat, sunglasses.
Water proof boots.
Trekking Poles.
Water and snacks/light lunch (can refill at creeks if needed)
Extra food such as dates - just in case
Emergency Blanket - just in case
Headlight - in any case it is dark on the way down
The 10 essentials
Mask and sanitizer

CARPOOLING: Parking at trailhead is limited and there is a $5 pass required so we definitely will carpool. When you sign up the hike, please mention if you are willing to give people ride (what kind of car you have and number of seats) or if you need a ride. General guideline is 10cents per mile contribution from rider to the driver/car owner. Once we know who are going, and where each person lives, we can figure out who can carpool with whom and where you can meet.

Voluntary $1 contribution: Since the Portland Hiking Group Organizer has to pay meetup.com fees and other expense to makes these hikes possible, we are requesting a voluntary contribution of $1 per person. You can give it to the event host during lunch break.

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


No Show: Please cancel this event as soon as you know that you can not make it. No show is not good for your record. I am not sure how many no shows you are allowed before you get removed from Portland Hiking Group automatically but you sure do not want a No Show on your record. (Cancel as soon as you know you can not make it, so other people won't have to wait for you at the meeting place).

Washington Park/To Pittock Mansión Hike with Angie

Portland Japanese Garden

PACE: ~2.5 mph
RATING: Easy-moderate

Hike Description:
All of my hikes are approximations. About four miles, about 2 hours…I adjust based on the group and weather conditions. I hike rain or shine. Slippery dangerous road or trail conditions will result in cancellations.

I hike many mornings up at Hoyt. We start at the wooden steps leading up into the park, right near the Japanese Garden, on Kingston Road. I will be there early to flag hikers, I park in spot #310. Parking is free until 9:30m. So no need to worry about parking ;) If you are coming from Burnside, as you enter the parking area, before you get to the Japanese gardens, parking spot #310 is on your right. If you come from the other direction, the japanese garden is on your left, tennis courts on your right, I will be parked PAST the japanese gardens on your left. I am parked at the base of the steps leading up into the park!

Start at 7am, for about a 3-4ish mile hike, I will take a few different routes, I want everyone to feel comfortable, and will adapt the pace. Finishing up where we started, right around 9am. Looking forward to a beautiful morning!

-RAIN GEAR in the rainy season!
- Face mask (not MANDATORY if fully vaccinated)
- 2-3 layers, rain-jacket (rainy season only)
- Water bottle

COVID-19 Guidelines: We maintain physical distance, everyone brings a mask, and we face away from the trail as we allow people to pass. Mask need to be worn 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-19 symptoms in last 14 days.

Note: I reserve the right anyone due to lack of fitness, poor attendance track record, lack of effort to connect on a previous event. Cancelling on the day of the hike may result in a no-show on your record.

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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Forest Park - Wildwood,Maple,Firelane,Nature Loop

Firelane 1 Trailhead

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