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Forest Park 80-mile Challenge #3

WHEN: Wednesday, Feb 26, 2014
TIME: 10:30 am
WHERE: Forest Park, Firelane 15 Trailhead on Skyline Blvd
TOTAL MILES: ~ 9.95 miles
ELEVATION GAIN: ~ 1,104 ft
PACE: 3.0 mph
DIFFICULTY RATING: Strenuous on some of the uphills
ESTIMATED HIKING TIME: 4 hours
PERMITS: None required

Are you ready to take the ALL TRAILS 80-MILE CHALLENGE? We've designed a series of 13 hikes that cover all 80 miles of trails (actually 80.97 miles) within Forest Park, the largest forested natural area within a city limits in the United States. These hikes will be repeated throughout the year so you will still have a chance to complete the Challenge even if you don't start at the beginning.

We will be hiking Firelane 15, Firelane 12, the BPA Road, Kielhorn Meadow, and the Wildwood Trail.  I've bumped up the start time because last week I ended up driving home through rush hour traffic and I'd like to avoid having to do that again. We will follow the route shown on the map below.

This is Portland so expect rain and mud. Wear waterproof or water resistant hiking boots and bring your trekking poles. Wear adjustable layers. Bring lunch.

To reach the trailhead, drive northwest along NW Skyline Blvd 6.3 miles from the intersection of Skyline Blvd and NW Cornell Rd. Parking alongside Skyline Blvd is limited but there is a street directly across from the trailhead (Skyview Dr) where on-street parking is an option.. The entrance to Firelane 15 is identifiable by a park gate on the east side of Skyline Blvd beneath two major transmission lines that pass over the road at this point. I've attached a photo of the parking area below so that you know what you are looking for.

Please remember that I'm simply a volunteer inviting others to join in on a hike, I'm not a professional guide and I receive no compensation. I must insist that everybody be responsible for their own safety and well-being.

NO DOGS, please.

What to bring: • Sturdy hiking boots/shoes with at least one change of socks • Three to five light layers of clothing that can be adjusted or removed as necessary (NO COTTON!!!) • Traction devices if icy. • Rain gear • Safety whistle • The 10 essentials* • Trekking poles • Lunch, snacks and plenty of water *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.

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  • Hendriani

    Do you think you can estimate how many miles from Powells book store in Burnside? I will come from that road. It just goes strait to skyline correct?

    February 25, 2014

    • Severt L.

      Google says it is 10.5 miles (18 min) and says to take I405 N to Hwy 30, then left on Germantown up to Skyline.

      February 25, 2014

    • Severt L.

      I did Google again and told it to avoid the hwy and yes, you just take Burnside up to Skyline and make a right.

      February 25, 2014

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