A Tale of Two Rivers Walking
Too lazy to drive to a serious hiking destination, I went out for a day and hit two trails along riverbanks. The first was a mere paved path along the Clackamas river in Gladstone, relatively near its confluence with the Willamette. It’s definitely an urban hike (the DMV is a block away from one end of it), but there is still plenty of beauty. Multiple people were fishing in a short stretch downstream from the popular High Rocks area. I found some unique human interest points, too, like a park dedicated to a volunteer fire department chief. As a former firefighter for 11 years, I found that very touching. Nearby, there was a public Christmas tree, still fully bedazzled with decorations. The pretty path ends shortly, so I doubled back, and made my mind up to check out a park along the Willamette.
I’d heard of a small nature preserve in West Linn, but didn’t know its name. I took a quick look at a digital map, and drove less than ten minutes to a trail there. It began in a heritage property that abuts a park. Nobody was walking on the trail but me, although I did see one mountain biker at the far end, in what is called Burnside Park. In the end, I realized this was not the nature preserve, but the walking was rewarding anyway. It was a beautiful, if chilly afternoon, and taking two walks for the price of one was just the ticket to recharge my personal batteries.
Posted on January 11, 2015, in Flora and Fauna, General Hiking, Hiking with dogs, Outdoors, Photography, Waterways and tagged Easy hikes near Portland, Gladstone OR, Oregon outdoors, West Linn OR. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.