What we're about

Hi there! We'd like to invite you to join our backpacking and hiking community. We love to hike and backpack with a lot of the same people, trip after trip, where we get to know each other and make friends on and off the trail. The goal of this group is to create a community of friends that support and build up one another, primarily through outdoor adventures. For us, the destination is secondary to the relationships we develop while getting there! We believe in learning from each other. Most events will have more than one hike leader in attendance and they will encourage participation, teamwork, and leadership from everyone – especially those new to the group. This group enjoys adventuring with the same group of people and we hike/backpack/snowshoe four seasons all over the PNW

IMPORTANT LINKS:

  1. Liability Waiver
  2. Events Refund Policy
  3. RSVP Courtesy
  4. Backpacking Trip Guidelines
  5. Day Hike Trip Guidelines

Learn more about Expand Your Hike'rizons:
www.expandyourhikerizons.com

Upcoming events (4+)

Full Wonderland Trail backpack - Aug 19-Aug 26

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We have 12 permits for the Wonderland Trail around Mt. Rainier. The trail is 93 miles and 22,000 feet of elevation.

By RSVPing or joining the waitlist for this event, you certify you have read and agree with the HikeRizons Backpacking Expectations.

Expect an average of 15 miles of distance and 3700 feet of elevation per day.

We start moving clockwise with camps at (distance and elevation from Gaia - see the note on that below):

So. Puyallup River Camp (Group Site) Night 1 (11 miles & 4800 feet)
Golden Lakes Camp (Group Site) Night 2 (13 miles and 5800 feet)
Cataract Valley Camp (Group Site) Night 3 (15 miles and 5400 feet)
Berkeley Park Camp (Group Site) Night 4 (14 miles and 5700 feet)
Summerland Camp (Group Site) Night 5 (13 miles and 3900 feet)
Olallie Creek Camp (Group Site) Night 6 (10 miles and 2600 feet)
Paradise River Camp (Group Site) Night 7 (13 miles and 3900 feet)
Last day: 3.5 miles and 250 feet

You may note the elevations add up to 32,350 - I checked and it isn't because some campsites are a little off the Wonderland. This is from Gaia overestimating the collective elevation by 32%. So the 5,800 foot elevation day is likely only 4,000 of elevation. But we can't be sure the elevation error is uniformly distributed. The distances add up to the expected.

This is a difficult trip given the repeated days of distance and elevation, but I expect it will be a popular trip. Priority will be given to those who lead trips in this meetup and who regularly attend trips in this meetup.

We organize on Facebook/Facebook messenger, so you do not need to use Facebook, but you must be able to use Messenger. When you join a chat for an event, you will understand why.

As usual, we will encourage carpooling and the suggested gas donation is $0.10 per mile per passenger, which will round up to be about $20 per passenger.

If you are not vaccinated and want to carpool, let us know. So long as your carpool does not care it won't be a problem.

How to RSVP for this event! #1, sign the liability waiver. It only needs to be signed one time (if you have signed it before you do not need to signed it again), but please sign it now because we can't move people to the going list until the waiver is signed (digital signature).
Liability Waiver

#2 - Join the wait list, and if we know you, we will add you to the going list (if we can), and if we are not yet friends with you, we will reach out via PM and introduce ourselves.

YOU ARE NOT ACTUALLY ON THE "GOING" LIST UNTIL WE ADD YOU TO THE FACEBOOK CHAT!

We are very social, particularly with dinner. Please (weather permitting) enjoy sitting in a group and eating and socializing together (versus everyone cooking and having dinner in their own tent).

Our group cares more about who we are going with, then where we are going. This means we won't take off and leave you, we are very fun and social, and we hope you will join our community based hiking hiking and backpacking group.

Community based hiking and backpacking group? Yes, we are not destination-of-the-week based with 12 strangers, and then next week a new hike with 12 strangers. Please see our attendance and refund policies.

We are a friend community and we hope you will give us a try.

HikeRizons chat members get advance notice of many of our most popular events. Sometimes events are not even publicized because chat members fill it up. Join our HikeRizons Member Chat and be in the know!

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Loowit Loop around Mt St Helens

Needs a location

Hike/Run Loowit Loop in a day. This hike is very hard with little water and some difficult trail navigation. We will start at the June Lake TH and hike clockwise. The trail is about 30 miles. We will start at dawn and hopefully finish before dark. That being said, the landscape is beautiful and you will get to fully see the blast zone and with fields of pumice and also old growth forest. Optional to sleep at the TH on Friday night or meet at dawn. For questions, send me a direct message.

Route Type: Loop
Difficulty: Very Hard
Elevation Gain: 6400ft
Distance: 30 Miles
Parking Pass: NW Forest Pass or America The Beautiful
Weather: Low of 65 and a High of 79

This trip is limited to 5 persons max and will need to display extensive experience.

Mt Ranier hikes and lessons on hiking techniques

Needs a location

A couple of short intermediate hikes in the Mt Ranier area PLUS some awesome lessons in hiking technique (yes, there are actual techniques!).

Here's the plan:
-Meet at the Bevin Lake Rest area near Packwood, WA at 7:00am
-Caravan our vehicles into Mt Ranier National park (about 1 hour drive from Bevin Lake rest area).
-Hike the skyline Trail
-Hike the Fremont lookout trail via sourdough ridge

By RSVPing or joining the waitlist for this event, you certify you have read and agree with the HikeRizons Day Hike Expectations.

During these hikes I will be giving short formal lessons on hiking techniques, ones that even most advanced hikers have never received formal training in. The focus is on energy efficiency (such as maximizing speed and longevity) and safety across various terrain (such as protecting your joints and muscles from wear). As it turns out, hiking is more than just walking. Trekking poles are strongly recommended because the techniques are designed to utilize them. I will prioritize giving a spot to people who are bringing them (but let me know if you need to borrow a pair from me. I have a couple of extra).

How to RSVP for this event! #1, sign the liability waiver. It only needs to be signed one time (if you have signed it before you do not need to signed it again), but please sign it now because we can't move people to the going list until the waiver is signed (digital signature).
Liability Waiver
Would you like to chat with us or other HikeRizons members? Join our HikeRizons Member Chat (join by link is new, please let me know if you have an issue).

I have chosen the Bevin Lake Rest Area as the meeting point because I will be going there the night before to sleep in my car. This cuts out driving time per day and makes it so that the morning isnt so rushed trying to get to the park. It is important to be on time and get in early as the parking lot will become full by 9am. I encourage people to also do the same if their car is comfortable (or camp nearby) but thats up to you. I also can fit one more person in mine, as this is a full length bed-like setup that is actually very comfortable.

Important notes:
-I will set up a facebook group for communications for participants.
-Mt Rainer will charge a fee to enter $30 for a vehicle. Carpooling recommended.
-Everyone signing up will default to waitlist but I will start confirming people in soon enough.

Our group cares more about who we are going with, then where we are going. This means we won't take off and leave you, we are very fun and social, and we hope you will join our community based hiking hiking and backpacking group.

Community based hiking and backpacking group? Yes, we are not destination-of-the-week based with 12 strangers, and then next week a new hike with 12 strangers. Please see our attendance and refund policies.
We are a friend community and we hope you will give us a try.

Aug 26-27 Old Snowy Summit via Snowgrass Flats Trailhead (Goat Rocks)

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Summit Old Snowy in the Goat Rocks on this challenging day hike. Because of the drive time from the Portland area, we'll start Friday afternoon and car camp near the trailhead so we can get an early start on Saturday.

This hike is not for first time hikers. It is not a technical hike, but the last part may be slightly unnerving because it is loose and exposed. On a clear day, summit views include the three volcanoes, Mount Rainier, Mount Adams, and Mount Saint Helens as well as several other Goat Rocks summits.

Day 1: Friday, Aug. 26 - Gather at 3 pm and drive approx. 3.5 hours and set up for camping at Chambers Lake near the trailhead.

Day 2: Tear down camp and start hiking around 8 am. After reaching the summit, return to cars and drive back to Portland area. Expect a full day.

Distance: 15.3 miles round trip
Elevation gain: 3,600 ft
Max elevation: 7,900 ft
Read more about this route

Bring car camping gear and be prepared for bugs. Microspikes and trekking poles may be helpful for crossing some sections of snowfield.

This is an exploratory hike for this leader. The leader is a volunteer organizer, not a guide, and you are responsible for your own safety.

How to RSVP for this event! #1, sign the liability waiver. It only needs to be signed one time (if you have signed it before you do not need to signed it again), but please sign it now because we can't move people to the going list until the waiver is signed (digital signature).
Liability Waiver

Would you like to chat with us or other HikeRizons members? Join our HikeRizons Member Chat (join by link is new, please let me know if you have an issue).

#2 - Join the wait list, and if we know you, we will add you to the going list (if we can), and if we are not yet friends with you, we will reach out via PM and introduce ourselves.

We organize on Facebook/Facebook messenger, so you do not need to use Facebook, but you must be able to use Messenger. When you join a chat for an event, you will understand why.

Carpooling & gathering point
As usual, we will encourage carpooling and the suggested gas donation is $0.10 per mile per passenger, which will round up to be about $30 per passenger for this drive. We will organize carpooling and determine the gathering point in the group chat.

YOU ARE NOT ACTUALLY ON THE "GOING" LIST UNTIL WE ADD YOU TO THE FACEBOOK CHAT!

Our group cares more about who we are going with, then where we are going. This means we won't take off and leave you, we are very fun and social, and we hope you will join our community based hiking hiking and backpacking group.

Community based hiking and backpacking group? Yes, we are not destination-of-the-week based with 12 strangers, and then next week a new hike with 12 strangers. Please see our attendance and refund policies.

We are a friend community and we hope you will give us a try.

Past events (216)

Climbing at Portland Rock Gym

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