Saturday, June 25, 2005

Free Fun!

We had a cool day today...My husband & I did about a 7 mile hike in Forest Park today. Very ambitious, but we're trying to do some serious training to hike a section of the PCT (Pacific Crest Trail) for two weeks in August. We admit we're computer slugs most of the time... It was a perfect day, not too hot and not raining.
We did it in about 4 hours, and that was with lunch and "call of nature" breaks. We saw many unusual plant specimens and some interesting side trails we could take later. Beautiful views!

We started out at the Zoo, took the Wildwood trail up through the Hoyt Arboretum, then on up to the Pittock Mansion (nice, but ya gotta pay to get in..grounds are free to wander in..); then down across Cornell to the Audubon Society and finally the end of the trail at Lower Macleay Park in NW Portland. This is a nice way to do it, as there are plenty of benches to take a rest if you need it, bathrooms at all the public stops, plus drinking fountains too.

A couple of caveats-

1)The most dangerous part was crossing Burnside, I'd suggest getting a very early start and don't try it at night! The other roads at least have pedestrian crossings (Cornell & Skyline), or have very light traffic.

2)Watch out for the the joggers and dog-lovers. Plenty of dog doo, and a couple of teenage renegade bikers (technically there're not supposed to be bikes on the trails).

For more info check out Friends of Forest Park


Don Snabulus said...

We also saw a beautiful Columbia lily (also called tiger lily) along the trail and we identified it using an excellent book we bought along the way at the Audobon gift shop called Plants of the Pacific Northwest Coast.

Good hikin'!

Pandabonium said...

That is beautiful country- though I've only seen parts of it from the air. I hope you'll take and post some pics on future hikes.

Don Snabulus said...

I am working on an update to my photo page with some new pix (although not from this hike). Be sure to check there every so often for new pix.