Every year we have a conference hike that kicks off the unofficial beginning of the conference. It has become a fantastic tradition and is a wonderful way to gather the day before the conference begins.

We will be hiking in the amazing Forest Park, the largest urban forested park in the country. It is conveniently located in Northwest Portland, and has a beautiful walk along a creek.

It’s rained on us in the past, but we have faith it will be beautiful this year! We will hopefully see Mount Hood at the top :)

Schedule & Logistics

  • Date: Saturday, April 13, 2 PM. Meet 15 minutes before the start time.
  • Lunch: (Optional) Join us at the Nob Hill Food carts at 12:30pm for lunch. Leaving for the trailhead at 1:40pm.
  • Start: Lower Macleay Park** (Map link). Meet at the pavilion at the park entrance.
  • End: Oregon Zoo around 5pm, where we will take the MAX back to town.
  • Tickets: Register your hike ticket

Please register for your ticket so we can contact you in advance for day-of weather and logistics information.

Balch Creek

A view along the hike.

What to Bring

The temperature will likely be in the upper 50s and 60s, with a chance of rain. There is no predicting Portland Spring weather! Please bring:

  • Comfortable shoes, that you are willing to get a bit muddy.
  • Water! There is water available halfway through the hike.
  • Light rain jacket. It likely will not be too cold, but it might drizzle on you.
  • High spirits!

The Hike

The hike will be around 5 miles long, and have 1,200 feet of elevation gain. This classifies as a moderate hike. We’ll be going nice and slow so people can appreciate the views and forest.

We hope you will join us for this pre-conference activity!

The view from Pittock Mansion