PE 176 Day Hiking

Portland has numerous parks and a variety of neighborhood pedestrian paths to offer enjoyable exercise to residents and visitors. The course will introduce a sample of day excursions between 4 to 8 miles in length on a variety of surfaces: asphalt, gravel, natural trails, flat, or hilly. The hikes in this course will be within 15- 25 minutes of PSU. Hiking is a great way to improve cardiovascular fitness while burning calories. Basic hiking principles, selecting appropriate paths for ability levels, and progression of difficulty will be the cornerstone of the course. Since hiking is a weight bearing exercise and low impact workout, it prevents osteoporosis while enjoying the outdoors.