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Monthly Archives: February 2013

Jackson Bottom

The Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve is a great place to visit for an hour or two walk near the Hillsboro area, southwest of downtown Portland. It is a very easy Oregon Hike, with no elevation gain, but the paths (3 miles) will take you through some very beautiful wetlands. During the winter time, it is possible … Continue reading »

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Dog Mountain: A beautiful view

While not officially an “Oregon Hike”, Dog Mountain is just over the northern border along the Gorge, near the town of Stevenson, WA. If you are looking for a more challenging hike, this is a great choice. It is a 7 mile trek up the mountain and back, though there are lower viewpoints as well … Continue reading »

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Tualatin River Wildlife Refuge

The Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge is a small park that contains 1 mile of easy hiking trails in the Winter, and 4 miles in the Spring and Summer. The paths are flat gravel and and will take you through a growing oak savannah, as well as through a small forest, ending at the wetland oberservation … Continue reading »

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Finley Wildlife Refuge

The Finley Wildlife Refuge is a short drive South of Corvallis and is a great place to check out on a nice day! The refuge is a nesting ground for Canadian Geese, and you can drive or walk past fields of thousands of them during the right season. There are tons of large gravel paths … Continue reading »

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Portland Japanese Gardens

The Japanese Gardens of Portland are some of the best gardens you can visit in Oregon. The gardens offer a peaceful experience and many trails to explore for an hour or two. The trails are all very easy and accessible, with no serious inclines. There are five different styles of garden to explore, including an … Continue reading »

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Crazy plants at the Oregon Garden

The Oregon Garden is a botanical garden in Silverton, OR, about 14 miles East of Salem.The garden covers 80 acres and includes an amazing variety of flowers, trees, vegetables, and more. The Garden is a popular location for weddings, includes a lodge and restaurant, and also a Frank Llyod Wright Home, which is open for tours. … Continue reading »

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Go to Silver Falls!

Silver Falls State Park is a great hike, 25 miles East of Salem,  that is both family-friendly and challenging for serious hikers. The park has over 20 miles of trails, including those for hiking, biking, pets, and horseback-riding. We went to Silver Falls in the fall, on a fairly cold day. Nevertheless, it was a … Continue reading »

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Deschutes River at Eagle Crest

Another great trail to check out in Eastern Oregon is the Deschutes River Trail! There are many trails called this, but the one we visited is called the Deschutes River Trail at Eagle Crest and is a perfect short hike that closely follows the river’s path through the Eagle Crest Resort. This trail is open … Continue reading »

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Eastbank Esplanade

A  really fun and easy “hike” to do when in the downtown Portland area is the Eastbank Esplanade. The Eastbank Esplanade is a pedestrian and bicycle path along the East side of the Willamette river, directly across from downtown Portland. The pathway spans from the Hawthorne Bridge north to the Steel Bridge, passing the Morrison … Continue reading »

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Powell Butte

Powell Butte is a large nature park in outer Southeast Portland, off Powell St. This park contains over nine miles of trails, both through meadows and forest. Read full information page

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