Maple Trail, Saltzman Road, and a golden light
With more daylight lately and strangely nice weather for Oregon , it almost seems a crime not to head out for a hike or a bike ride after work. Unfortunately, I am generally gone for about eleven hours daily during the week, and I often feel wiped out when I return home.
The other day, with a dash of motivation caused by perfect weather, I drove across the Willamette River toward Forest Park. The bottom end of Saltzman Road is an odd mix of lovely homes, tight curves, a water bureau site, and a gate at a closed off forest road.
I saw no other cars at the pseudo trailhead, but I soon encountered a couple descending cyclists moving at a good clip. The road turned path would be perfect for that. Eventually I arrived at a junction where the curving road neared the edge of a forested canyon. The Maple Trail split off on either side, descending one way and climbing the other.
I felt a touch lazy, so I opted for downhill. Besides, the canyon on that side looked spectacular. Really.
I wandered for a while with my pup through some phenomenal forest until the trail crossed a creek near the head of a lovely drainage.
The setting was serene, and I wish I’d had more time, but light was fading, so I turned back.
The temperature had cooled off considerably in the shade, so I kept moving. Interestingly, some of the best views of the day were yet to come. The Maple Trail definitely merits more exploration. I shall return.
Posted on May 10, 2013, in Flora and Fauna, General Hiking, Hiking with dogs, Memories, Outdoors, Solo Hiking, Urban Hiking and tagged Forest Park, Hikes near Portland, Northwest Oregon hikes. Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.