Madrona Park: A Hidden Stash of Woods
Months ago I saw a signpost of the sort one sees at park entrances. Yesterday, looking at Google Maps, I saw a swatch a green in the area of the sign, meaning park land. It said Madrona Park. Color me intrigued! Today, after the Broncos beat the Patriots, and before the Seahawks did what they do (Legion of Boom!), I wanted to take the pup out, and it was sunny. Time to investigate.
I was lucky enough to have my best gal join me. The sun was out when we left, but there was just a touch of chill in the air. To me, that is perfect walking weather. We found the best access point on the downhill side of the road after a few minutes. What could barely be described as a trail angled down through open deciduous woods that reminded me of the east coast.
Halfway down, there a girdle shelf that traversed the slope. I wondered if it were manmade. Through the trees, you could see some industrial landscapes. Trains idled noisily at the foot of the scarp. So it was not exactly wilderness, but it was nice to know this was so close to home. If I return, I might descend the steep slope to the open area at a bend in the slope. Today, I had a game to get back and watch. It was a good day to be in the Northwest.
Posted on January 20, 2014, in Adventure, Flora and Fauna, General Hiking, Hiking with dogs, Outdoors, Urban Hiking and tagged Easy Portland hikes, Hikes near Portland. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.