Springtime above the City

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Council Crest

For the second time in May, I decided to take advantage of a nice day to do the two-mile hike from home to Council Crest. At 1,071 feet it is the highest point in the City.

Southwest Urban Trail no. 6 to the Marquam Trail was the first leg of the hike, marked by a colorful totem pole. This was the end of the easy first mile on paved streets and stair steps. Then it was up and onward for the second mile to the top of Council Crest on on a mostly secluded trail.

Newly pruned Maples in Portland Heights

It was a nice, but somewhat hazy view of Portland, the Fremont Bridge and the snow-covered Cascade peaks.

There were many folks enjoying the park.

Add in all the colorful and vibrant flowers along the way, and it brought a broad smile to my face.

Wild Rose

Interesting homes along the way

Council Crest

Violet (with a frown?) and an Iris

Trail sign

Nice stretches of the trail

Foxglove and Poppy

Downtown Portland from Council Crest

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