Urban Hiking: Three Creeks Natural Area
Urban hiking can be defined many ways. When I head to a spot for a hike inside the metro area, I know I may see a bit more trash, graffiti, and uses of nature I might find strange. Yet such experience and observations are also invigorating. Wandering around the Three Creeks trails, I found hidden camps, graffiti walls, bridges to former industrial wastelands, and more.
Because the Three Creeks area is less official than Mount Talbert or Powell Butte, there is less protection of the area, but I saw many new plantings, as a group works tirelessly to reclaim the area from the industrial past that reportedly included a dry cleaner dumping its chemicals in the bottomland here. I am glad people pay a bit more attention to nature now. Three Creeks is a great place to see it. I will continue to seek unique hiking destinations near Portland. Suggestions, anyone?