Marine Drive Borderlands
Delta Park East has plenty of ballfields, as I found out recently when a new friend played in a softball tournament. It also has access to the bike path along Marine Drive. I headed west with Jackie one fine day on said path. It’s an interesting borderland for some urban hiking.
Traffic and the freeway seem everpresent for a while. The heat and concrete were not very motivating, and I was not very excited about our prospects. After a while, however, the roadside debris and odd architecture became interesting in a odd way.
Soon enough, however, we reach the glory of the Columbia River, one of the greatest American rivers. Even beyond the famous gorge, it’s a powerful, amazing body of water. The juxtaposition of roadside junk and ospreys soaring was quite something.
The bike and pedestrian path travels along the skinny part of the Columbia here, with Hayden Island across from us, and it’s still pretty. I found it interesting to see how the development on Hayden Island stops west of the railroad bridge. The western part of Hayden Island could hold some untold wild treasures!
It was a hot day, and Jackie, as my regular readers know, is a bit of a wimp in the heat. Not that he’ll complain, but he loses energy, and I worry about him getting seriously dehydrated. We walk as far as the railroad overpass by Portland Avenue, probably a mile or so from the start. The next cool spot will be another mile or so at least, and it doesn’t seem worth it.
After gawking a bit at the river and blackberry bushes, we headed back, checking out birds more on the return leg. This is not an earth shattering walk, but given that you could keep walking on one path to Smith and Bybee Lakes or Kelly Point Park, it’s definitely worth investigating west of I-5. It is probably even better on a bike, so you could bypass the industrial areas quickly.
Posted on September 2, 2013, in Flora and Fauna, General Hiking, Hiking with dogs, Outdoors, Waterways and tagged Columbia River, Hayden Island Portland Oregon, Hikes near Portland, Marine Drive bike path. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.