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Ferns and small cedar trees cover the forest floor, hemlock trees squeeze into spaces on the hillsides, 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.
In early-December with mostly overcast skies I visited the park. I enjoyed seeing many examples of nurse-stump trees – – – trees that began growing on top of a stump, sending down roots to anchor in the earth. After awhile the stump disappears leaving the roots of the new trees exposed to the air.
The six-mile hike brings back fond memories of early springtime when the beautiful white flowers of trilliums will be lining the trails.
A nice outing indeed.