Straight out of Linnton; a perfect short hike
Sometimes the destination we seek is impossible to attain, and what actually transpires on a journey can be more important than what’s on the original itinerary. But enough sophomoric philosophy. How about some hiking? This afternoon I headed toward a particular trailhead, and while enroute, I discovered the Linnton Trail. Dare I say that I took the path less traveled, and it made a heck of a difference? Okay, probably not. I shouldn’t mangle the poet’s intent, as many do.
The Linnton Trail takes off from a small parking area behind a bus stop on Highway 30. It follows a creek for a short distance, then crosses it and heads into some switchbacks. At some point, I started hearing voices, and assumed I’d meet other hikers, but I never encountered them. It turns out there is a neighborhood just over the ridge, and as I climbed, I realized I was hearing children playing. I was reminded of a lyric by ‘Til Tuesday: “voices carry”.
Once across creek, Jackie and I put some effort into it. A fair amount of elevation had to be gained. I tried to guess how far I was from the trail I’d last weekend. Later, I would figure it out. The Linnton Trail eventually runs into Firelane 10, which is going straight up the hill then.
I found a pleasant loop detour called the Keyser Trail, which seems designed for mountain bikers who don’t want to deal with a steep pitch on their bike. It rejoins Firelane 10 in three tenths of a mile. Shortly after that, the fire lane intersects with the Wildwood Trail.
This was the section I had hiked when headed to the Powerline Trail. Today, I was content to simply head back downhill, taking photos of bulbous tree bases, moss thick enough for pillows, and wonderful light striking ferns.
My trail choice may not have made all the difference, but the Linnton Trail is certainly worthwhile for a quick afternoon hike. Hikers on it will burn some calories and see some pretty forest. It’s also good for solitude. I only saw two boys at the very bottom of the trail, just as I was returning to the car, pleased with myself yet again as I pondered what larger hike to tackle soon. Ah, choices!
P.S. This is the one year anniversary of my blog. I’m not hip or brilliant or tech savvy enough to have 10,000 followers yet, but I appreciate those I do have. Thanks for reading. Pass it on, and more importantly, get out there and hike, climb, run, bike, ski, or whatever you like to do outside. Cheers.
Posted on June 15, 2013, in Flora and Fauna, General Hiking, Hiking with dogs, Outdoors, Solo Hiking, Urban Hiking and tagged Forest Park, Hikes near Portland, Linnton Trail, Northwest Oregon hikes, Outdoor recreation, Til Tuesday, Wildwood Trail. Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.