By Emily Skeen
Welcome back adventurers! I hope your summers are all going well and that you are finding the balance between summer projects and summer relaxation. For this weekend’s adventure, we have a few options for you. First is the Outdoor Program Climbing trip to Bulo Point and second is a fun adventure around the city on the 4T trail. Both are great options for climbers and hikers of any level. Ready? Let’s go!
Bulo Point Climbing Trip
To kick off the summer trips, the Outdoor Program will be taking a group of climbers to the Bulo Point crag in the Mt. Hood National Forest for a fun day of climbing. For my fellow climbing neophytes a crag is a steep or rugged cliff face, this makes it perfect for climbing. This trip is specially designed for beginning climbers as well as climbers with more experience; so don’t let your experience level, no matter what it is, scare you away.
Erin telling it like it is
On the fence? Listen to what climbing center student coordinator, and experienced trip leader Erin Schick has to say about it. “This is a great trip for beginners because Bulo Point has a wide variety of climbs, from easy to difficult. The area is also really beautiful. It’s on the east side of Mt. Hood, and from the top there is an amazing view of the forest and Central Oregon. The tallest climb there is 85 feet, which is more than twice as tall as the ASRC Climbing Center wall. It’s definitely a challenge to make it to the top, but so worth it.
“The trip fee includes transportation and use of climbing gear, so it’s a relatively inexpensive way for students to experience outdoor climbing for the first time, or to explore a new local climbing area. These trips are also a good way to make connections with other local climbers.”
Cost is $35 for members and $70 for non-members. This includes transportation and gear, as Erin mentioned, as well as the instruction. Those wishing to participate must register for the trip by July 10 at noon either at Member Services on the second floor of the ASRC, or by going into the outdoor program office located on the corner of SW 5th and Harrison. A mandatory pre-trip meeting will be held July 10 at 5:00 pm.
As many of you know, Portland is famous for its hundreds of different local hiking trails, many of which are located only a short distance from the heart of the city. This being the case, the one that I would consider a must do for every Portlander is the 4T trail. It’s called “4T” because it takes you on a loop around the city that combines the Tram, Trolley (street car), Train (MAX), and of course Trails, about 4 miles of them depending on which trail you take. It’s the perfect way to explore the city, and see it from new perspectives. It also makes for a really great day adventure, solo or with friends.
Here’s how it works:
Note: You can start at any one of these points, and go either direction from there. This is just an example of a classic way to follow the trail.
Start: take the Trolley (Street car) from the south park blocks at PSU to the south waterfront.
Next: From the south waterfront take the Tram to OHSU
you’ll see these all along the trail
Then: From OHSU take a trail to the zoo. Here you have a few options if you would like a slightly shorter trip, which would be about two hours of hiking you can take the Urban trail from OHSU this is about 3.5 miles. If you would like your hike to be a bit longer you can take the Forest Trail which is about 4.1 miles and will take somewhere around 3 hours. Directions on how to get to each trail from the tram are available by following this link. All along the way, there are helpful signs that mark the 4T trail.
End: from the zoo you take the Train (MAX) back to downtown Portland. And hurrah! You’ve completed your trip!
Overall, you can expect to spend about $6 or $7 on this adventure depending on which direction you go. A max ticket is $2.50 for two hours and is good on the MAX and the Streetcar. Then the Tram costs $2 to ascend and is free to descend. So it just depends on which direction you go and how long in between the Tram and the Train you have. But either way, this is a very affordable adventure and a great way to see the city you live in from a different perspective.
As always, if you go on this or any of our other fun adventures, tell us about it and send your pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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