I enjoy hiking in Portland Heights in the springtime. There are multiple marked urban trails. And, there is a 205-acre nature park nearby.
The hikes follow streets, public stairways, alleyways and trails through greenways.
On many days I do a six-mile hike following Southwest Urban Trails no. 6 and no. 1, the Broadway Connector Trail, the Sunnyside Trail, the Basalt Trail and the Marquam Trail. On the way I drop down to the Marquam Nature Park Shelter at 290 feet and then climb to Council Crest at 1,071 feet, the highest point in the City.
There is always a nice combination of domestic and wild flowers, birds and small animals to see. And, as the year unfolds, different flowers come into bloom. And, if I’m lucky, I can spot coyotes, deer and racoons.
Dark-eyed Juncos and a Spotted Towhee
Stream Violet, Salmonberry and Toothworts