Posts Tagged ‘Oregon’

Clackamas River Weekend

August 11, 2013

I finally got a chance last weekend to get out of Portland for some car camping near Barton on the Clackamas River. A friend that is a caretaker on 50 acres of undeveloped land on the river invited me to spend the weekend.

The property is along a road that was originally known as the Barlow Road route of the Oregon Trail, described on Wikipedia as “by far the most harrowing 100 miles of the nearly 2,000-mile” trail.

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When I got to Barton, I set up camp and took a little walk around the property to check things out.

 

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There are many tree-covered grottoes and gardens connected by trails.

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A short walk through the woods and under a bridge takes you to Barton Park on the Clackamas River. (Click on image to view full-size panorama.)

 

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In the morning, I woke early to take a hike along the Clackamas River Trail, a 7-mile trail that travels along the river between Fish Creek Campground and Indian Henry Campground in the Mount Hood National Forest. The trailhead is about a 20-minute drive down Oregon 224 from my campsite. 

 

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The trail starts out pretty flat but soon climbs high above the river for some pretty good views.

 

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(Click on images to view full-size panoramas.)

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There are some steep switchbacks and spots with tricky footing, but the trail is generally quite enjoyable, sometimes dropping down to river level and sometimes climbing two or three hundred feet above the rapids.

 

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Later that day, after lunch, Lloyd set me up with one of his rafts and gave me a ride in his pickup to a boat launch upstream so I could paddle back to the Barton Park boat ramp.

 

 

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All in all, an amazing weekend under the stars less than an hour from downtown Portland.

An Elk from the Elks

January 30, 2010

Along the lovely Terwilliger Parkway (sat map / topo map) in SW Portland, a 3.5 mile walk along a bluff above the Willamette River, one passes the Casey Eye Institute, a charitable eyecare provider for children which has been sponsored by the Oregon chapter of the Elks Club since 1949. It’s right next door to the Portland Shriner’s Hospital for Children.

Out front there is this great bronze statue of an elk in brief repose. (Click for larger version.)

Wildwood Trail from the Oregon Zoo to Pittock Mansion

October 5, 2008
Wildwood Trail

Wildwood Trail

I posted an earlier piece that alluded to my Saturday hike on Wildwood Trail from the Oregon Zoo to Pittock Mansion here in Portland. This is one of my neighborhood trails, as I live only 3 miles from the trailhead, and I have fallen in love with it this summer. Earlier this afternoon, I spent some time wandering around the Internet while the cable TV guy rooted around the place trying to figure out why my cable was out. I came across “Dotti and Al’s” great featurette on the route from the Zoo to Pittock Mansion during summer. The same folks have another page featuring another of my favorites, the MacLeay Trail.

A Beautiful Day for the Four T’s Hike

September 13, 2008

Saturday was a beautiful day for a walk in Portland, so I decided to do the Four T’s hike, so named because it incorporates a trail, tram, trolley and train all in one trip.

The four-mile hike begins at the Oregon Zoo, which can be reached by car or MAX train, according to your desire and schedule. Normally I like to park at the Zoo, but today I opted to ride the train and leave my car at the Beaverton Town Square parking lot near the Beaverton Transit Center. It was a good decision because the Zoo lots were overflowing with visitors and they were running shuttle buses from the next exit on Highway 26.

To begin the hike, walk downhill from the Zoo toward 26 and cross the bridge over the highway. Turn left on the freeway on-ramp toward Portland and walk on the right side. The trailhead for the Marquam Trail is about halfway down the on-ramp on the right. The trail immediately begins an uphill climb toward Council Crest, the highest point in the city of Portland.

Follow the trail until it reaches a short staircase at SW Patton Road. Turn right on Patton and take a quick left at the stop sign at Talbot, heading uphill. Follow this road to the entrance to Council Crest Park, taking the paved path toward the top. This path is the rail bed for a former streetcar line that used to travel to the top of the park.


Enjoy the views of the city and several Cascade mountain peaks visible on clear days. (Sadly, I was so out of breath when I reached the top, I did not get any decent shots from Council Crest.)

The Marquam Trail continues down the other side of the park, beginning at a trailhead next to the off-leash dog area and the view of Mt. Hood in the distance. Following the trail downhill leads to SW Fairmount and a nice walk among many unique homes built into the steep hillsides and canyon walls of the West Hills.

A left turn on SW Marquam Hill leads to Oregon Health & Science University and the Portland aerial tram, which takes riders from OHSU to the South Waterfront neighborhood.

Today was my first opportunity to ride the tram and it was a lot of fun. The views were pretty amazing. It doesn’t run on Sundays, I believe.


There was a good deal of controversy surrounding the design, cost and construction of the tram before it was built. I quickly noticed that, despite city leaders promises to homeowners below the tram route that their privacy would be protected, any passenger over three feet tall could easily see every detail of the homes and yards in the tram’s path.

At the bottom of the tram, take the Portland Streetcar (aka the “trolley”) toward the city center past Portland State University and the Park Blocks.

Depart the streetcar at the Multnomah County Library and walk one block north to Morrison and catch the Max train back to the Zoo (or your other starting point).

Not a bad way to spend an afternoon.

Nedonna Beach Litigation

January 31, 2008

I have been bitching and moaning for a week, but I finally had the experience I was needing out here on the Oregon coast that made (most of) it worth while.

I was dreading going straight to bed after another 13-hour day of preparation and attendance at trial 80 miles from home, so I drove north up the coast from Tillamook after knocking off work at 10pm. I ended up driving to Nedonna Beach, where the property at issue in our trial is located.

Our client has owned a fishing house here for 30 years and also owns a pristine 40-acre preserve at the north end. You can find it just above the residential neighborhood and just below the mouth of the Nehalem River in this map/satellite photo. Here’s another shot of it from a higher altitude and still another from a bit higher.

Even though it was pitch dark, pouring rain sideways and past midnight, I knew the streets because I have accidentally memorized every inch of the land from maps and photographs I have researched dating back to 1858.

There is a beach access at the north end where the beach sits on the other side of a short dune, very near a flat, sandy “parking lot”.

I parked my car and walked toward the dune. It was completely dark and on the way I stepped in several puddles of cold rain water half a foot deep. When I got to the beach I had to face away from the wind as the rain pelted my back with gale force speed. I was soaked within seconds and stood with my legs braced to keep from being blown over.

Suddenly this 2-dimensional abstract legal world I have been living became an unforgettable, 5-dimensional visceral experience.

Tonight, safely back at the Shilo Inn in Tillamook, the rain is slapping the windows and it sounds like someone is vacuuming the hallway outside my room.

(And one last shot from way the hell up here.)