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TOTAL DISTANCE: 8.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN: 1450'
PACE: ~2 mph with stops
DIFFICULTY RATING: Moderate
ESTIMATED HIKING TIME: ~ 5-6 hours
STARTING POINT: Summit Trail Head
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
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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
WHAT TO BRING:
- 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.
TOTAL DISTANCE: 6.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN: ~300 feet
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)
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**
WHAT TO BRING:
- 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.
Distance: 8.5 miles
Elevation Gain: 2585 feet
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.
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).
TOTAL DISTANCE: 4 miles
PACE: ~2.5 mph
ESTIMATED HIKING TIME: ~ 1.5 hours
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!
WHAT TO BRING:
-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.