Portland Trails offers new 'Winter Walk' series

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PORTLAND — Anyone looking for something to do on nice winter weekends is in luck: Portland Trails has announced a free “Winter Walk” series beginning on Jan. 8.

The series, made possible by a $250 grant from Healthy Portland, will provide informal guided walks along various trails on Saturday mornings this winter.

“We hope to encourage people to get out on the trails in the winter,” Portland Trails outreach manager Rachael Weyand said. “It’s such a nice time to be outdoors.”

On days when there is heavy snow on the trails, people are encouraged to bring snowshoes or rent them from Portland Trails for $5. Rentals are free for Portland Trails members.

Portland Trails is asking people to register for the walks by e-mailing [email protected] or calling 775-2411. However, even if people do not register, Weyand said they will be welcome to join the group. All the walks begin at 8:45 a.m. and are scheduled to be completed by 10 a.m.

The first walk is along the East End trails on Jan. 8 and those participating should meet at the Hilltop Coffee Shop on Congress Street.

On Jan. 15, there will be a walk through the Fore River Sanctuary, starting from the Udder Place on Brighton Avenue.

On Jan. 29, the walk will go through the vast trail network at Evergreen Cemetery. Snowshoes are encouraged and participants should meet at Good Eats Boutique on Stevens Avenue.

On Feb. 5, there will be a walk along the Fore River Trail, which is different than the Fore River Sanctuary. Participants should meet at Tony’s Donut Shop on Bolton Street and snowshoes are also encouraged for this walk.

Additional walk dates can be found on the Portland Trails website, trails.org.

Emily Parkhurst can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 125 or [email protected]