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Write the Docs Hike

Write the Docs

Sunday, April 7, 2013 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM (PDT)

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Write the Docs Hike

As you may or may not know, one of the organizers, Eric Holscher, is going to be hiking thePacific Crest Trail this year. He knows a ton about hiking in the Portland area, and would love to show off some of the best parts in town. In this spirit, we’ll be having an official pre-conference hike!


  • Date & Time: Sunday, April 7, 1 PM. The day before the conference.
  • Start: Lower Macleay Park or Macleay Park Entrance - There is a pavilion at the start where we will gather.
  • End: Oregon Zoo – There is a MAX stop here to take us back downtown.
  • Visual of the hike

We will be hiking in the amazing Forest Park, the largest urban forested park in the country. It is conveniently located in Northwest Portland, not far from the conference venue. It’s about a 35 minute walk, or you can take transit to make it a bit quicker.

What to bring

April in Portland can be interesting. It will probably be in the 50s, with a chance of rain. So, please bring:

  • Comfortable shoes, that you are comfortable getting a bit muddy.
  • 1 Liter of water. There is water available halfway through the hike.
  • A light rain jacket. It won’t be cold, but it might drizzle on you.
  • High spirits!

The hike

The hike will be around 5 miles long, and have 1000 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.


It will follow Balch Creek up from the entrance of Forest Park.



Then we will switchback through beautiful forest until we get to Pittock Mansion. Pittock affords one of the best views of the city, and hopefully Mt. Hood & Mt. St. Helens if it’s clear!



After this we will descend into Washington Park, and the beautiful Hoyt Arboretum. There are a number of paths through Hoyt, and we can play that by ear. More than 5,800 specimens from around the world grow here, including more than 1,100 species, which are valuable in reforesting damaged habitats.



On the other side of Hoyt is the Oregon Zoo, where we can take the MAX back to downtown. People who wish to stay around in the park or zoo are more than welcome.

After Party

We will be getting off the MAX near Bailey’s Tap Room, which has 20 rotating taps of the best beer in the Northwest. We will hang out here for a bit, and then head over to the Write the Docs preregistration event to get everyone registered for the conference.

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When & Where

Portland, OR

Sunday, April 7, 2013 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM (PDT)

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