I only had time for another short hike this week. Luckily I live in a city where trails are available without the need to travel long distances.
Tualatin Hills Nature Park is a large network of paths that cut in and out of the main trail. So depending on your timeline, you can probably spend a good two hours exploring each spur.
I started (as I normally do) taking the trail hugging to the right. Wonder why I never start a trail going left. It must be just how my brain works.
I took the right at the first crossroad which meandered me through a stand of oak and fir trees. The path was paved so ideal for a good walk (or run). I came across a raised foot bridge that crosses a creek.
In the center of the bridge was what looked like a strip of outdoor carpeting. I didn’t see water directly under the bridge but did spot water off to both sides halfway through. The standing water made it look like I was in the middle of wetlands.
It first looked like the footbridge was straight but actually makes a 90 degree right turn where more bog like setting awaited me.
At this transition to the natural dirt path, the trail narrowed. At times it became a single path and required some maneuvering over fallen trees. You’ll also need to be prepared for some mud along this stretch of this trail.
The trail finally widened and turned into a gravel path which then blended into a paved path that had several bridges to cross. The trail then traversed over the bog area over a series of zigzagging footbridge.
The trail looped back and merged into the first intersection where I took that first right as I entered the trail. I continued through the intersection which took me back to where I had parked my car.
Hike #3 summary:
- place: Tualatin Hills Nature Park
- miles: 2.1
- trail type: loop
- elevation change: 22′
- weather: sunny with a slight breeze
- temp: 51 degrees
- completion time: 1 hour
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