Saturday, June 4, 2022

National Trails Day is an annual celebration of local trails and the people who use them, who care for them, who depend on them, and who love them. This year on National Trails Day, Portland Trails is thinking about the ways local trail networks can restore our well-being, our habits, and our communities.

 

By spending time on the trails, we can restore our physical and mental health.
By taking care of nature, we can restore the habitats of native plants and animals.
By walking, biking, or taking transit, we can restore the ways we move through the world.

 

We invite you to spend National Trails Day with us in one of our four featured activities! See details below for participation information. (Please note that all four activities will be occurring simultaneously. Only sign up for one!)

Hike the Forest City Trail
See some of Portland's most beautiful trails on this 10-mile cross-town hike! Guided by Portland Trails co-founder Tom Jewell, City of Portland Parks Director, Ethan Hipple, and Portland Trails Executive Director, Kara Wooldrik, this walk winds through Stroudwater Trail, Fore River Sanctuary, Evergreen Cemetery, Oat Nuts Park, past schools, and through neighborhoods, and culminates at the stunning Presumpscot Falls. You'll discover many of the trail network's hidden gems and learn about the story behind your favorite trails. Grab a pair of comfortable walking shoes, pack your lunch, and get ready to see Portland as you've never seen it before!
This walk will start at 8 a.m. on Saturday, June 4th. If you sign up, please plan on joining us for the entire hike. Portland Trails will provide transportation to the start for those who need it. No dogs, strollers, or bikes. Thank you!
$20 per participant. Maximum of 25 participants.

Register here

Experience the trails by bike
Biking is an incredible way to enjoy your favorite trails, plus you get to cover more ground than when you're on foot. If you want to try riding your bike on local trails, join our National Trails Day bike ride! Guided by biking enthusiast and former Portland Trails staff member Nancy Grant, this six-mile ride will take you through the Evergreen Cemetery trails, Baxter Woods, and possibly the Fore River Sanctuary. Grab your helmet, fill your tires, and get ready for a new way to experience the trails!
This ride will start at 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 4th. You'll need to bring your own bike. We'll begin with a short safety check before beginning the ride. (Please check out this ABC bike check before you head out!)
$20 per participant. Maximum of 10 participants.

Safety notes:

  • - Helmets are required!
  • - Please use a mountain or hybrid bike, not a road or racing bike. Wider tires will make your ride easier!
  • - We ask that participants be comfortable and familiar with biking.

Register here

Reflect next to a waterfall
What better way to start your Saturday morning than reflecting in nature while listening to the tranquil sounds of a waterfall? A local meditation guide will lead participants through 45 minutes of connection and reflection near Jewell Falls in the Fore River Sanctuary. You're welcome to use this time however you like - you can meditate, journal, draw...whatever helps you connect with nature. Bring a blanket or folding chair, and wear what you need to be comfortable.
This reflection will start at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 4th.
This event is free, but please register in advance. Maximum of 10 participants.

Register here

Volunteer with us
Our trail volunteers are the reason we're able to maintain over 70 miles of trails each year in Greater Portland! Join us for a public trail volunteer day along the Forest City Trail.
Trail work will be from 9 a.m. until noon on Saturday, June 4th. You'll receive details about the specific location when your registration has been confirmed.
Maximum of 15 volunteers.

Register here

Thank you to our 2022 sponsors!

Volunteer Project Sponsor:

To learn more about sponsoring this event, contact Lindsay Conrad at lindsay@trails.org.