On a mid-March blustery day I did the four-mile loop hike in the Tualatin Hills Nature Park a few miles west of home in the heart of the city of Beaverton.
The 222-acre Park surrounds the confluence of Cedar Mill Creek and Beaverton Creek.
There were many trilliums in bloom – – – a showy, white, wild lily that grows on the forest floor. And, due to the varied habitat, I was able to spot other wildflowers in bloom, ducks, a gray squirrel and many small birds.
The nature park is mostly in a wetlands area. The never-ending rain had raised the floodplain considerably. There were many stretches of the trail where I was wading in several inches of muddy water.
Nonetheless, it was a nice outing on a weekend day.