A Pleasant Winter Hike to Butteville


Sunshine and many little birds singing their lilting songs.

Champoeg Park is on the Willamette River about 20 miles south of Portland.

I began by taking a short loop to the west along the River. After returning to an historical pavilion, I hiked easterly on a cinder path, which soon turned to a paved lane along the River.

After a detour to an 1845 pioneer woman’s gravesite, I explored a nature hike loop. Small white daisies were strewn widely among the shoots of green grass.

Then began the two-mile trek behind La Butte to Butteville, a scenic little town on the Willamette River. After taking a break at the Butteville Store, originally opened in 1863, I began the return to the Trailhead.

A very pleasant 8 1/2-mile hike indeed.

Historic Butteville Store

Historic Butteville Store

A wetland near the Trailhead

A wetland near the Trailhead

Song Sparrow

Song Sparrow

Reflections in the Willamette River

Reflections in the Willamette River

Daisy

Daisy

Footbridge over Champoeg Creek

Footbridge over Champoeg Creek

Chipmunk enjoying the sunshine

Chipmunk enjoying the sunshine

Indian Plum almost ready to blossom

Indian Plum almost ready to blossom

Pleasant stretch of the trail

Pleasant stretch of the trail

Pine Squirrel

Pine Squirrel

Willamette River

Willamette River

Street marker from the old town of Champoeg

Street marker from the old town of Champoeg (signs in background mark height of two previous floods in the area)

 

 

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