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: Is there any swimming in Florida that not a lot of people know about? Or hiking trails in miami Florida?
I just moved to Miami Florida and I love nature and want to know is there any swimming holes that not a lot of people know about that you would need to hike to? Or any hiking trails? I love going hiking to places where There is not a lot of people and any other places that not a lot of people know about. It might make no sense but someone please help me!(: thank you so much.
Answer by Amused Contestant
I know of no swimming holes. Even if I did, I would never use them because of large carnivorous reptiles that may be lurking.
Hiking is a different story. Taking into consideration that we’re in a very urban area in Miami-Dade and Broward, there are several city and county parks that have hiking trails, each with an abundance of local flora and fauna. Getting further away from the urban area, Jonathan Dickinson Park near Jupiter is wide open for hiking. West of Miami is Shark Valley, which has a great walking/biking trail, but I would do it only in late winter/very early spring. I know that the levees that run along the western canals are good spots for hiking.
No doubt you’ll get better advice if you hook up with one of the local hiking clubs in the area…
Question: Is there any good beginner hiking trails in the Smoky Mountains via Gatlinburg?
Will be in Gatlinburg for a 1 full day next month. I want to bring my girlfriend and 3 teenagers hiking in the Smoky Mountains. Where is a good beginner trail? Maybe in the 3 mile range.
Answer by KNAPSACK
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park -Hike
“Abrams Falls Trail”, in Cades Cove. A fairly easy 5-mile trek (round-trip) that is ideal for the beginner or a family. Plan on roughly three hours, depending on your pace. Check the included link to get more information and to see the map.
by Bennett V
Question: How to go about running on hiking trails?
I want to take up running this summer, but on hiking trails so that I can run at an incline. How should I go about doing this? Do people do this? What type of shoes are okay? Any tips? Thanks!
Answer by J
it’s called Trail Running, and a lot of people do it. it’s more exciting than road running because you have varying inclines, challenging terrain and sometimes better views. not to mention there’s the added difficulty of having to be careful where you step.
wear whatever shoes you run in now. anything with ankle support is too big and clunky. maybe you’ll twist an ankle here and there but big deal.
i’m one of those barefoot converts, though. people often run in Vibraim TrekSports, though i’m a bigger fan of the Merrell Trail Glove. either of those get stinky like you wouldn’t believe, though, so find some sort of anti-stink spray.
Question: What are good hiking trails around Denver and Colorado?
I will be in Denver in late Oct, early Nov and am looking at spending 5-7 days hiking in mountains. Can you reccomend some hikes or parks I could go to? I am an experienced hiker with good stamina, and don’t mind easy scrambles.
Answer by xjoizey
Be prepared for snow in the high country.
Question: What is the best hiking trail in Split Rock Lighthouse State Park? Also any must hike trails in North shore?
Going camping to split rock lighthouse state park with a friend of mine. Looking to do some hiking. Any trails anyone can recommend in the park or in the area? We are looking for 1-4 hr hikes. Thanks.
Answer by Amused Observer
Attached is the website that has a map of the area. There are some hiking trails on the map.
Question: What hiking trails are really open during winter times in Seattle area?
The Mountain Loop Hwy is closed, so many of the hiking trails are out of reach. Many people said the Boulder River Trail is great this time of the year but it’s not: I’ve been there twice now and there is too much snow.
Are there any trails in winter (untill May) still open? I don’t mind driving a few hours.
Answer by plattersby
I believe most of the lower trails in the Olympic National Park are open. The Storm King starting point west of Port Angeles has multiple trails starting there (including the easy 30 minute Marymere Falls trail), and it takes less than 2 hours to reach from Seattle via ferry from Seattle or Edmonds and drive across Hood Canal Bridge and through Sequim and Port Angeles).