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All visitors and Trails Club members are encouraged to enjoy the great Northwest outdoors by selecting a hike, bike ride or other event from this calendar. Gentle Reminders provides explanation of hike difficulty and hike guideline. Detail description of common meeting is available at Meeting Places.


Events

Week-1

Sep 1 (Sat) Tour de Westside Ride - Class B

We will ride a 22 mile loop with about 1200ft CEG. through the westside bergs of Beaverton, Tigard, Tuallatin and Sherwood. Some of the ride will be on multi-use paths and some on roads. Driving distance from Pioneer Square to the starting point is about 12 miles/25 mins. Bring plenty of water and snacks. We could stop for lunch or sweets in Sherwood.
Ride with GPS route: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/7500513
Depart: 10:00 AM Big Al’s, 14950 SW Barrows Rd, Beaverton, OR 97007-7524
Confirm participation on TCO meetup or by emailing leader.
Leader: Chaz Shaw 503-729-7560, chaznw@gmail.com

Sep 1 (Sat) Pioneer Bridle Trail - Class A (Membership Hike)

Please join me to relive a bit of Oregon history on this lovely 5 mile one-way, downhill hike with a side trip to Zig Zag falls. Most of the trail is in the forest. Only one little part is steep. Hike starts at Glacier View lot by Enid Lake and ends either by parking lot to Zig Zag falls for shorter version, or parking lot on Hwy 26, above Road 35.
Boots and poles are recommended. Please bring a lunch or snacks and water.
This hike is in conjunction with the Labor Day Weekend Festivities being held at Tyee Lodge, our mountain home. See adjoining article regarding lodge visit, meals and signup instructions(below).
Meet: 10 AM at the ZigZag ranger station. We will drop some cars at the lower end of the mountain to do a car shuttle. Parking pass is required.
Leaders: Lori Leach & Barbara Jones
Contact: Barb Jones barbjones50@hotmail.com or 503-819-8983 (cell).

Sep 1-4 (Sat-Tue) Labor Day Weekend at Tyee

Come one come all and enjoy this holiday event with friends, family, and guests! I am coordinating with some of your favorite cooks! On board is Christine Olsen, Sylvia Milne, Nancy Overpeck. The lodge will be open from noon on Saturday, Sept 1, and will close up on Tuesday after breakfast by your hostess, Barb Jones. Christine Olson is cooking a chicken/broccoli casserole with rice and a large salad, with apple dessert on Sat night. Sunday morning is chef's choice.
Sunday dinner will be a summer picnic, hamburgers, hotdogs, potato salad, corn, etc. Monday breakfast is cook's choice. Cook is Nancy O.
As for entertainment, their will be a Pioneer Bridle Trail hike on Saturday, Sept 1 (see above) which will qualify prospective guests for membership in the club as well as having a day to get acquainted with our only open lodge. Please see separate writeup for hike.
Not to be missed is a FREE concert at Timberline Lodge Mountain Music Festival on Monday, Sept 3, which begins 12:30 PM and runs continuously until 6:00 PM. It is highly recommend you bring a blanket, cushion or your own chair to sit on for more comfort. Please check out Timberline website for more details. After the concert, the cook will be serving either leftovers, or Costco meat/sausage lasagna with a salad. There will be a Tues morning breakfast served. This is a great way to escape Labor Day westbound traffic!
Lodge fees for overnight are $15 ages 12 and up. $10 junior member. Under 12, $5. $40 member family cap. Adult Guest is $25 a night.Guest child $10. Family cap for guest family is $60. Meal fees are $5 breakfast, $7 for lunch, if provided, and $8 for dinner. There will be no Saturday lunch. We will update you about any lunch plans that may be included for Sunday or Monday.
Hope to see many new and old faces at this event!
Register With: Vicki Wood at vw48@comcast.net , or call 503-850-4366 by Wednesday, August 29th for 1, 2, or 3 nights at lodging and meals. Day visitors pay a $3 fee.

Week-2

Sep 5 (Wed) Morning Hike – Class A/B

We begin our hike at 9:30 am and hike 4 to 6 miles, for 2 to 4 hours, somewhere in the Portland metropolitan area, often in Forest Park.
This week we will meet at Hoyt Arboretum visitor center at 4000 SW Fairview Blvd for departure at 9:30 AM. Parking is free on the street, but the lots cost $2 an hour or $8 all day. We will visit some notable trees.
Leader: Kathy Pollock, 503-341-9441, pollockkathy@ymail.com

Sep 5 (Wed) Evening Hike – Class B

We will start at 6 PM sharp and hike until 8 PM-ish in Forest Park and the West Hills. Please carry a flashlight or headlamp and dress for changeable weather.
Meet: at Wallace Park between NW 25th and 26th on Raleigh.
Cost: Free for Trails Club members; $2 non-members
Class A Leader: Donna Covi
Class B Leader: TBD
See the TCO Meetup site for contact info and details of the hikes.

Sep 6 (Thu) Willamette Park to Zoo and Back Bike Ride - Class A+

We'll ride from Willamette Park downtown to Goose Hollow, MAX up to the Zoo and ride back down to Willamette Park. Most of the ride is on city streets and there are a bunch of hills, both up and down (so this is a fair bit harder than my usual rides, but I promise to go slowly and/or wait on the hills). Between 15-20 miles. Bring $$ and/or a ticket for the MAX ride. We’ll probably go somewhere for lunch after the ride. I don’t ride in the rain or the excessive heat, so please check with me if the weather seems iffy.
Meet: 9:45 am for a 10 AM departure, in front of Fulton Pub at 0618 SW Nebraska St., near the entrance to Willamette Park. There should be parking on Nebraska St. or other side streets, but you may have to look around—parking has become more challenging in this neighborhood.
Leader: Audrey Perino 503-246-6462, 503-522-9911 (cell) or audrey53@comcast.net

Sep 7-8 (Fri-Sat) Indian Heaven Backpack – Class B

We’ll explore the Indian Heaven Wilderness, with its many lakes in the Washington South Cascades. Our trailhead will be at the Cultus Creek Campground, and when we enter the wilderness we will multiple options at to where to explore and camp. Area is known for its lakes and also for mosquitoes, but hopefully by going in September most bugs will be gone. Distance in will be between 4-5 miles depending on where we end up and about 1700 feet of elevation gain. Number of participants limited to 6.
Register on the TCO Meetup
Leader: Bill Yandon wkyandon@gmail.com Cell Phone 503-887-2932

Sept 9 (Sun) - Milwaukie-Redland Bike Ride - Class C

We will ride from Milwaukie to Oregon City using the Trolley Trail and River Road. We then do a loop by first having a climb and descent along Redland Rd into Redland, then take Hattan Rd to the Clackamas River, with a rider provided snack/lunch stop at Carver Park. We return to Oregon City via Clackamas River Rd. We then return to Milwaukee via a different route featuring Aldercrest Rd. Register with leader via e-mail - may reschedule if bad weather. Route is 32 miles, 1417 ft ascent.
Ride with GPS: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/24219643
Depart: 10 AM from Milwaukie Riverfront Park, off of McLoughlin Blvd and SE Monroe in Milwaukie.
Leader: Terry Lawson 503-8199250, lawson.terry@gmail.com lawson@gmail.com

Week-3

Sep 12 (Wed) Morning Hike – Class A

We begin our hike at 9:30 am and hike 4 to 6 miles, for 2 to 4 hours, somewhere This will be a Southwest Portland hike. We will meet at the Multnomah Arts Center at 7688 SW Capitol Hwy and leave at 9:30 AM. There are parking lots and restrooms.
Leader: Chuck Barrows, 503-244-4967, barrows4967@msn.com

Sep 12 (Wed) Evening Hike – Class B

We will start at 6 PM sharp and hike until 8 PM-ish in Forest Park and the West Hills. Please carry a flashlight or headlamp and dress for changeable weather.
Meet: at Wallace Park between NW 25th and 26th on Raleigh.
Cost: Free for Trails Club members; $2 non-members
Class A Leader: Chaz Shaw
Class B Leader: TBD
See the TCO Meetup site for contact info and details of the hikes.

Sep 14-16 (Fri-Sun) Nesika work trip

We will be working at creating a fire barrier around the buildings. Iron Mountain Tree Service is scheduled to come in on Sept. 11th to take down more hazard trees, weather permitting. We will need as many people with chain saws, limb saws, nippers, and helping hands to remove limbs off downed trees, ensure pathways are clear, and remove debris from around the lodges to create fire breaks. We hope to bring in the water tank before this work trip and the generator as well. We are in the process of finishing the generator electric hook ups and generator roof repair. We hope to work on the water system pipes and electric system to hook up the upper water tank. We have debris piles which need to be reduced to usable fire wood, create more tent sites and reduce fire danger. We still need to finishing hauling out metal debris. If fire danger is low the antiquities removed from the lodge last September may be brought back to the lodge for display along with the dry box for safe storage. Children are now allowed to be included in the work trips. Most of the hazardous material has been removed.
To register: call Glen or Linda Conrad at: 360-837-3787 or register on the TCO Meet-up Site.
Thanks to all who have helped with this very important project. We are hoping to improve the lodge and grounds so we can start weekend trips again next year when the Multnomah Basin and Larch Mountain Trails open up.
Remember, Nesika is still in a closure area and closed to the public. See here for restrictions we are under

Sep 15 (Sat) Canby Ferry Bike - Class C

Join me on a beautiful but challenging ride from Oregon City to Canby, across the Willamette, up and over Pete’s Mountain to West Linn, and back to Oregon City over the Arch Bridge. This ride features the Oregon City Municipal Elevator, exploration of the Molalla Forest Road multiuse path in Canby, and of course the Canby Ferry. Add in scenic farmland and countryside south of the river, and great views north of the river, including an up-close look at Willamette Falls. Total distance is approximately 28 miles, with cumulative elevation gain about 1,500 feet. $2 per bike on the ferry. Optional lunch at end of ride.
Contact leader for more information.
Meet: 9:00 AM at Jon Storm Park, 1801 Clackamette Dr., Oregon City. Access Clackamette Dr. from southbound McLoughlin Blvd. by turning right at the signal prior to the southbound I-205 ramp. From the south, turn left at the signal just after the I-205 ramp which is noted by a sign for Clackamette Park. Park is at the south end of Clackamette Dr. Leader: Dave Crout 503-460-9782, dave_sandy@comcast.net

Week-4

Sep 19 (Wed) Morning Hike – Class A/B

We begin our hike at 9:30 AM and hike 4 to 6 miles, for 2 to 4 hours, somewhere in the Portland metropolitan area, often in Forest Park.
This week the hike will start at Friendly House, NW 26th and NW Thurman, ready to leave promptly at 9:30 AM. We will hike on Firelane 10 and the Wildwood Trail and will be all on trails. This hike might be a bit longer than normal, so please plan accordingly. We will carpool to the start.
Leader: Wayne Schweinfest, 503-253-3073, WSchweinfest@msn.com

Sep 19 (Wed) Evening Hike – Class B

We will start at 6 PM sharp and hike until 8 PM-ish in Forest Park and the West Hills. Please carry a flashlight or headlamp and dress for changeable weather.
Meet: at Wallace Park between NW 25th and 26th on Raleigh.
Cost: Free for Trails Club members; $2 non-members
Class A Leader: TBD
Class B Leader: Bruce Seymore
See the TCO Meetup site for contact info and details of the hikes.

Week-5

Sep 26 (Wed) Morning Hike – Class A/B

We begin our hike at 9:30 am and hike 4 to 6 miles, for 2 to 4 hours, somewhere in the Portland metropolitan area, often in Forest Park.
For the starting location of this week’s hike, watch here or call or email the leader.
Leader: TBD

Sep 26 (Wed) Evening Hike – Class B

We will start at 6 PM sharp and hike until 8 PM-ish in Forest Park and the West Hills. Please carry a flashlight or headlamp and dress for changeable weather.
Meet: at Wallace Park between NW 25th and 26th on Raleigh.
Cost: Free for Trails Club members; $2 non-members
Class A Leader: TBD
Class B Leader: Bob Link
See the TCO Meetup site for contact info and details of the hikes.

Sep 28-30 (Fri-Sun) Goat Lake Backpack - Class B

We will camp at Chambers Lake campground on Friday night. We will start early on Saturday morning to climb 2300 feet up to Goat Lake on trail #95 from Chambers Lake. Distance of 5-6 miles one way to Goat Lake. We will spend the night somewhere around Goat Lake on Saturday night. We will day hike to explore area around Goat Lake on Saturday afternoon. There will be creek crossings. The area has Mountain Goats and outstanding views of the Goat Rocks area. The trail is steep. The first 4/5 miles is in the trees then you will get to the circ an open basin. Bring tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, rain gear, hat, gloves, sleeping clothes, cooking gear, food. Wear good boots. We will be hanging our food.
12 miles round trip.
To register call Linda Conrad @ 360-837-3787 or sign up on Meet-up. Maximum number of participants is 12.

Sep 29-30 (Sat-Sun) Tyee Work Party

Richard Gaunt will lead the rebuilding on the rear fire escape and we will be clearing campsites for the fall backpacking seminar.
Contact:Aaron Bech

Sep 30 (Sun) Portland/Gladstone Loop - Class A

This is a leisurely 22 mile ride, mostly flat and mostly on bike paths. We will go from Sellwood along the Springwater and 205 bike paths to Gladstone, and return on the Trolley Trail. Join us for the Trails Club's last ride of the season.
Contact leader for start location and start time.
Ride leader: Maureen Covell charleycvl@aol.com 503-954-4501


Let's Talk About

Backpacking Made Fun:

TCO Herman Creek Backpack:
A recent backpack through the Herman Creek burn was educating. The burn started appearing at the junction with the Gorton Creek Trail. This is also where an old Civilian Conservation Corporation spring is present just downhill from the junction. The pipe from the spring comes out of the hill and is a great water source. It is still flowing. The burn extends to an area just short of Cedar Swamp. From Cedar Swamp to Wahtum Lake there is no sign of fire. The fire burned up to 3-4 inches of soil. In places there is no dirt just rock. Wahtum Lake was beautiful. Climbing out of Wahtum Lake we found an old pipe. Looking up the pipe we discovered that the pipe was a feed for the first Boy scout Camp; Meriweather, also named camp Chinidere. The lodge for the camp was built in 1918. It burned down in 1924. Camp Meriweather was then relocated to the coast. The pipe extended from about the third switchback going out the NW corner of the lake. The lodge was located to the right off the trail. The pipe extends up the trail to a PCT junction spring by Chinidere Mountain.


Trails Trodden


Trails Ahead


Blazer Contact Info.:

Blazer Newsletter:
Send write-ups to: Blazer at trailsclub.org
or
Philip Crosby
12401 SW Terwilliger Blvd.
Portland, OR 97219
503 636-1853

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