In the middle of Wilderness Park
I am always looking for green swaths of undeveloped land near me, and I tire of going to the same old places repeatedly. A photographer friend mentioned a nature park in West Linn, but I never caught the name. No problem. What I found was Wilderness Park, fifty-plus acres of pretty woods in the middle of upscale suburbia.
The trailhead, minutes from West Linn High
The trail system seemed relatively simple. I could make a loop from various points. In short order, I found myself climbing a rather steep set of stairs with rounded log steps. They seemed unique on the way up, but I had a different adjective for them on a wet descent.
Looking up the steps. Wait, I might have to huff and puff?
Once on the loop, the trail is at an easy grade, and the walking is pleasant. It is a good place to escape from the noise of the world, even for brief visit.
Cool greenery, and a fungus among us
I found myself looking at the subtleties of the greenery a lot. Leaves fascinate me at times as the perfect examples of the cycle of life. The tree might not die for centuries, but the leaves come and go annually. They are so green with youth in the spring, colorful in their maturity, and then they fall, wither, decompose, and vanish. I find it beautiful to note the way they add different notes to a landscape depending on the light.
Even on a wet gray day, Wilderness Park was great place to hike locally. I also found a second nature park on the way home, which I believe is the one to which my friend referred, but that’s for another post. Happy trails.
Jackie tested, Jackie approved.