The Bird Days of Summer: Hike & Bird Frog Lake
Join Portland Audubon’s Education Team for The Bird Days of Summer, a series of super beginner-friendly programs for anyone curious about birds in nature. We’re combining community-building, exploration, and fun to create safe spaces for people to get to know each other as well as the birds. Binoculars will be provided, and we’ll begin each program with a short “how-to” to help you get started.
Bird experts Candace Larson and Brodie Cass Talbott will take you on a classic Cascadia hike. We’ll start at Frog Lake Sno-Park with a walk along the Pacific Crest Trail before visiting one the natural mountain lakes in the area. We’ll also visit a scree field where we may be lucky enough to see and hear Pika. Along the way we’ll look for birds and mammals, and explore the changing flora along the route.
Accessibility: Trail is unpaved, narrow single track, with moderate elevation gain. We will be stopping often to listen for birds, look for wildlife, and explore whatever else we may find. Overall distance of the loop is 5.5 miles. Restrooms at beginning and end of hike at Frog Lake Sno-Park. Most of our trip will be in the shade, but we will have some sun exposure, so sun protection is recommended.
Meeting time and place: 8:00 a.m. to 3 pm. We will meet at the Frog Lake Sno Park, which is about 90 minutes from downtown Portland. A NW Forest Pass or $5 day-use pass is required.
What to bring: The weather should be quite nice, so shorts and a t-shirt, with possibly a light sweater for the cool morning, should be sufficient. Sturdy footwear (hiking boots or trail runners, e.g.) is required. Make sure to bring plenty of water, snacks, and a lunch. We’ll find a nice spot to sit and eat. Binoculars are recommended for watching wildlife (we’ll have spares, but please feel free to bring your own if you’ve got them!).
Limited to 10 participants plus leaders.