Hi @jen_handshew - Welcome to the community!
You have come to a great spot to learn lots of information about hiking and ask any questions you can think of! Our hiking board is a good place to look around and see what conversations are already happening.
There are also other folks from Portland here in the community that might have some suggestions for you. @HaveKidsWillTravel, @Bryanne, @POCOPAM, @ONDA-Caelin, @jmoss, @Cheryl, @flipsterjoe - do y'all know of any hiking groups in the Portland area that might be good for Jen to know about?
Thanks for taking the time to introduce yourself! We're happy to have you here.