Question: Are there any buses that take you to any good hiking trails in Portland Oregon?
I’m flying into PDX and am trying to find the best hiking trail w/ waterfalls and all that good stuff.
Answer by walmeis
Waterfalls by bus? Not really. Rent an auto at the airport, take I-205 south about 3 miles, then east on I-84 to exit 28 Bridal Veil (about 20 miles/18 minutes). Follow the road about 1/3 mile up to the Historic Columbia River Highway. The parking lot to the right is the trailhead for Angel’s Rest and Devil’s Rest. This is a moderately strenuous 2–3 hour hike to spectacular views up and down the Columbia Gorge.
Turn right (west), and go less than two miles to Latourell Falls http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Latourell_Falls which can be hiked to near the bottom, and over the top in about an hour.
Turn around and go east. Every time you see a parking lot adjacent to the road, stop and park. There are six more major water falls along here. Wahkeenah and Multnomah have extensive hiking trails up along their course. There is about a 1500 foot vertical climb (over several miles) to the sources. The forest is gorgeous all along here. The trail from Angel’s Rest connects to the top of Wahkeenah and Multnomah Falls. In between is some lightly used trail were you might not see anyone else, even on a summer weekend. From the Bridal Veil parking lot to Multnomah Falls is 3.3 miles on the historic highway, or about 7 miles along the upper trail. It is a great loop for thorough immersion in nature. Allow 3–4 hours. You can get food and drink at Multnomah Falls Lodge. Naturally you can drink the water directly from any of the falls and creeks (without treatment).
If you absolutely have to use mass transportation, take Max (red line) from the airport to downtown. Here, I mapped it https://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=pdx+airport&daddr=Wildwood+Trail&hl=en&sll=45.519278,-122.698059&sspn=0.034339,0.077162&geocode=FSqftwIdolux-CE9XA44k3baWynRINx0qqCVVDE9XA44k3baWw%3BFfaltgIdKICv-A&dirflg=r&ttype=now&noexp=0&noal=0&sort=def&mra=ls&t=m&z=12&start=0 Light rail to the edge of downtown, then up the stairs and transfer to a westbound bus. On bus 20, advise the driver you want Wildwood Trail. He or she will know where it is, but it is not common for people to ride the bus to it. Don’t cross the road (Burnside Street) and follow the trail first to Pittock Mansion, have a look around: it’s a city park. Then walk to the top right corner of the parking lot and follow Wildwood Trail. It runs almost 40 miles in total, about 33 miles continue from here. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forest_Park_%28Portland,_Oregon%29 There are no dramatic waterfalls here, but plenty of forest, hills, and the occasional creek.
If you go the other way and cross Burnside, you enter Washington Park’s Hoyt Arboretum. Continue to follow the trail and visit the Vietnam Memorial, World Forestry Center, and Oregon Zoo. In the parking lot are elevators to Max for a return trip to wherever.
Question: How long does it take to hike at big bend?
I want to take off from work to go hiking at big bend, but need to know about how long it would take for the whole hiking thing.
Answer by Summer hiker
The park is HUGE, so it depends on where you want to hike. It would take weeks to hike all the trails in the park. Why don’t you check out some of the day hikes listed on the site. You can also ask for a ranger recommendation when you get to the park.
Question: How old should my puppy be before I take him hiking?
I have a 5-month-old pit bull, he’s about 35 pounds. I’d like to take him hiking with me at the lake on the weekends but I don’t want to overwork him since he’s still growing.
Answer by Luke
Pit bull huh? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CdXesX6mYUE
Question: What is some good food to take on a hiking trip?
I am going on a hiking trip on the Pacific Crest Trail and I am not sure what kind of food to take. I don’t have a bear proof can or bear proof bags. I am looking for food that bears will not be able to smell. I am not sure if bears can smell canned food like Chili or Chicken Noodle Soup. If you know what kind of food fits what I am asking please answer. Thanks.
Answer by bluepenguin
Don’t risk it! My advice to you is to buy bear proof bags, your life is worth that investment. When you are on your trip make sure to hang the bags of food on a tree branch a good 5-10 yards away from where you are sleeping so, for one the mice and other small rodents can’t get into it and also if the bears happen to come by they won’t have a reason to be poking around where you are sleeping.
Freeze-dried foods. If you go to a local outdoor/backpacking kind of store (Outdoor Gear Exchange,or Eastern Mountain Sports) the usually have racks of freeze-dried camping foods where you just add hot water and viola! you have chili or some other kind of soup, etc.
Instant oatmeal, instant coffee, instant hot chocolate, cup-a-soup, all of this things are real light (just little packets) and really quick and easy to make in the morning or when your really hungry and want food quick.
Power bars, Cliff bars and any other bar that is in that aisle at the grocery store is great as a quick energy booster on a long hike, or a snack before you reach camp.
there are so many different kinds it doesn’t matter what you get, just get something along the lines of gatorade powder, that you can pour in your water bottle on those days when its really hot, your breaking out a sweat and you really need to replenish all of those lost sodium, sugar…etc.
Question: What precautions against wildlife should I take while hiking in Texas brushland?
I will be travelling to the Texas panhandle next week for work, and likely doing some minor hiking through rural fields/brushland? What should I do to keep myself safe from local wildlife…including rattlesnakes and scorpions?
Answer by PLANETHARD
Question: How to half cook bacon to take camping and finsih cooking it there with out it going bad?
My husband and kids are going camping for 3 days and want to take bacon with them but dont want it to go bad after the first day. He (My husband) wants me to cook it halfway so that he dont have to put it in the cooler and it stay good is this possible and if so how do i do it.
Answer by ohgerr
Anything you buy at a modern grocery store will have to be fully cooked and refrigerated.
“Real” old fashion bacon is brined in salt until cured (chemically cooked), then smoked in a smoke house to preserve the meat. It’s not quite the same thing sold now-a-days. It keeps for weeks just wrapped in paper.
Ask at a butcher shop….try trail baloney….or jerky….canned corned beef….
Question: What do you take for a half week trip camping in the mountains?
I’m fourteen, and I am NOT bringing my cell phone with me to go camping. It’s a distraction. Hahah. My father and I are going camping for a half week in the mountains in a week or so, but I don’t know what to bring? What are some necessities? And what are some things I could bring for fun in case I get a little bored?
Answer by chris w
bring some board games like checkers, chess, backgammon. A sling shot, fishing pole and tackle, and everything on this list,
Question: How long does it take to break into a new pair of hiking boots?
I’m leaving for Yosemite next Monday, and i just bought a new pair of hiking boots for the trip. How long will it take me to break into them? Should I start wearing them before I leave to break into them?
Answer by danny19752005
about a week at least
Question: What food is easy to take out on a camping trip?
Just doing a little preparation for a camping trip me and a few friends are going on over new years… We have a small gas cooker, could you please give any suggestions on what food is easy to arrange when camping?
Answer by tc5158april
Question: What is the best way to take a 3 year old hiking?
I am planning on taking my son hiking a month before his 3rd birthday. We will be going to the Smoky Mountains. Does anyone have any suggestions on what type of equipment I should bring? He weighs about 30 pounds.
Answer by Pastel_Princess
Wait till he is older you are going to end up carrying him more then he will walk.