July 10, 2010

Portland's Tryon Creek State Park: Urban Hiker’s Paradise

If you're looking for some of Portland's best hiking trails, head out to Tryon Creek State Park, and take along your dogs.  They will be most thankful and you’ll get a wonderful workout.  Or maybe you’ll stroll peacefully along the more level paths, not wanting to hike the hills.  I’ve been tromping through this 670 acre park, which straddles SW Portland and Lake Oswego, for at least 25 years!   I have the advantage of living a block away, so I head in, rain or shine (or snow sometimes), about 5 times a week with Ted, my pooch.  That would be Ted’s walk of choice (the neighborhood streets don’t offer as many diverse smells).    8 miles of hiking trails keep us busy.  Life gets mighty entertaining when we venture along the horse trails and come across one of those big beasts.  The 3 mile bike path might appeal to you if you don’t want to go on foot.

Be ready for surprises…..I’m not sure which was more exciting to spot, the deer we saw last week that bounded away through the bushes, so close to our trail, or the great blue herons we’ve seen several times, swooping along the creek.  I know some very patient folks who discovered where the owl nests were this Spring and kept a keen watch on them.

We don’t often make it to the Nature Center, but maybe you should!  You can learn lots from the educational exhibits.  If you’re wheelchair bound, check out the .35 mile paved trail through the woods.  Really, there’s a reason for everybody to explore this beautiful natural environment.  Find yours!!

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Jane Lee is a Real Estate Broker with eXp Realty in Lake Oswego, Oregon



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