Exploring Forest Park
When my girls and I planned our Portland trip, we immediately started dreaming of all the coffee we would drink and the trails we would hike. The coffee part of the mission was a success - as we made our way through the city getting more caffeinated by the hour. The hiking portion, on the other hand, was a bit anticlimactic.
A quick Google search for “Portland area hikes” will produce an abundant list of gorges, waterfalls and scenic lookouts - but when we arrived in Oregon, we discovered that most of these hikes are still closed due to the destruction of the Eagle Creek Fire (you know, the three-month, 50,000 acre fire started by a 15 year old boy using illegal fireworks? That one.).
As disappointed as we were to miss out on the most gorgeous gorges (get it?), we did have the opportunity to spend two days exploring Forest Park - a 5,100 acre park with more than 70 miles of recreational trails and the historic Pittock Mansion.
I obviously can’t speak for all 70 miles, but the trails we got to explore were stunningly lush and, despite running through much of the city itself, felt completely untouched by modern society.