The Path to Law School


Ferns and small cedar trees cover the forest floor, large-leaf maple trees climb to the heavens, a few second-growth Douglas firs are beginning to establish their dominance and small streams tumble near the trails.

Next to Lewis & Clark College, Tryon Creek is the only Oregon state park within a major metropolitan area.

It’s mid-January with overcast skies and drizzle when I visit. Every once in awhile the sun tries to break through the cloud cover.

The six-mile hike brings back memories of early springtime and trilliums too ubiquitous to count.

A nice outing indeed.

The Path to Law School

The Path to Law School

Bunk Creek

Bunk Creek

Foot Bridge on Trail

Foot Bridge on Trail

Mature Cedar tree that began its life on a nursery stump

Mature Cedar tree that began its life on a nursery stump

Foot Bridge on the Trail

Foot Bridge on the Trail

Snowberries

Snowberries

Licorice Ferns

Licorice Ferns

Small pond along the Trail

Small pond along the Trail

Hikers heading back to the Visitors' Center

Hikers heading back to the Visitors’ Center

 

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4 comments

  1. Oh John, your photos here, as usual, are absolutely exquisite. I love the title and sign, and your description of the park’s placement. The ferns, moss, and Oregonian wetness come alive in your photos. And the snowberries photo truly calmed my soul.

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  2. John I grew up hiking and camping in this area back in the 50’s, and I was so glad when it was not developed but was turned into a state park for all to enjoy. Don

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