Mazama Street Rambles
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6 – 8 p.m.
Year-round, rain or shine, except major holidays
Note our new meeting location: Keen Garage (505 NW 13th Ave)
Going on a street ramble is one of the best ways to get an introduction to the Mazama hiking program. Meet other hikers, maintain your fitness, and explore hidden parts of Portland you might never see otherwise. We have options for a variety of paces and skill levels. Best of all, it's free! See our FAQ below for complete information.
Interested in joining us? All you need to do is show up, check in, and be ready to go at 6 p.m. Make sure you're in proper footwear, dress for the weather, and bring water as well as a headlamp or flashlight.
See you there!
Rambles, like all Mazamas activities, are open to members and non-members. Non-members are especially encouraged to join these hikes.
If Portland Public Schools is closed due to inclement weather, if the forecast exceeds 95 degrees, or if the air quality is designated as Unhealthy (AQI 151+), Rambles will be cancelled.
There is no cost to Ramble with us! If you enjoy your experience or find that you've become a regular Rambler, please consider supporting our mission and activities with a donation.
As of February 1, 2024: Keen Garage (505 NW 13th Ave.)
Year Round: Every Tuesday and Thursday at REI. Rain or shine, except major holidays!
Tuesdays tend to have more hikers than Thursdays, and there will often be less hikers when it is rainy or cold. Sunny summer evenings could see 80+ people, while a rainy evening in January could see 10 to 15.
Rambles leave at 6 p.m. sharp.
We recommend arriving 10 to 15 minutes early so you are sure to catch the group.
Rambles go out for exactly 2 hours.
In the drier months, rambles typically head to Washington Park, the Zoo, Pittock Mansion, Arboretum or Forest Park. During the less-than-dry times, we try to stay more on the pavement.
Running shoes are fine for summer. In wetter weather, more waterproof footwear might be better. Bring clothing appropriate for the season, a flashlight or headlamp for winter, and at least a liter of water.
On Tuesdays, we usually have three to five groups that are split into groups of leisurely, moderate and fast paced hiking. On Thursdays, we typically have two to four groups.
- The leisurely (or less than moderate) group is geared to hikers wishing a gentle trek providing exercise without a fast pace (and those just starting out). It rarely has more than 500 feet of elevation gain and goes 5 to 5.5 miles.
- The moderate group(s) goes at a faster pace with more distance and elevation gain. A common ‘moderate’ destination is a hike with 800 feet gain and six miles round trip distance in two hours.
- The fast group goes, well, pretty fast.
All Ramble participants must sign in and agree to our waiver and COVID Acknowledgement prior to Rambling.