Marquam Nature Park
Great Portland area hike, even in the winter time!
It is a peaceful park with lots of trees (Giant Maple, Tall Cedars), ferns and streams. Over 70 acres with cleared, easy to tread trails.
Hikes can range from easy to medium to the tougher elevation gain to Council Crest. Two weeks after knee surgery and it was a very good "recovery" hike.
Spectacular views of the Portland area when you top out at 1073'.
Crystal Springs Rhodie Garden All Trails Challenge
The Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden is a peaceful park in SE Portland that comes alive with multi-colored rhododendron and azaleas once Mother's Day rolls around.
The 7 acre park has trails allow for a tranquil setting of bird watching, flower gazing as well as lakes, fountains and small waterfalls.
Admission is free from October thru February and the park is open 6-6pm. There is a small $5 admission fee from March-September with proceeds going to garden maintenance. There are drinking fountains and restrooms available.
There are almost 2 miles worth of criss crossing trails. Many are wheelchair accessible.
Tryon Creek Forest Bathing Experience
I went on a Meetup to learn about Forest bathing:
Hello Forest bathers. Welcome to Shinrin- yoku. Forest bathing is the practice of emerging yourself into the forest and allowing nature to enter your body. All five senses will will be focused on individually throughout the course of this journey.
We will start with some light breathing to help us clear our mind from outside influences and instead, be present. It is recommended that electronic devices be left in vehicles or put on silent mode. Light conversation is encouraged but please respect other bathers.
After some light breathing, and one or two standing yoga poses, we’ll begin our journey. Throughout our walk I may pause the group so that we may all focus on one of the five senses. It is purposeful to close our eyes during these pauses, breathing and then re-Opening our eyes.
Mount Tabor 4 mile Stair Workout
In my quest to train for the Saltanay Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in Peru, I used the Mount Tabor Stair hike to prepare me. The steps can be a bit narrow, steep and slightly uneven. Perfect training for Machu Picchu!!
Mount Tabor is a domant volcano located in SE Portland. There are very few major cities that have extinct volcanoes within their city limits.
This 196-acre city park has trails that crisscross throughout. Dogs are allowed on leash, but there is also an off leash area for them. Restrooms and drinking fountains are at the summit.
I would put on my hiking boots and daypack I would be using in Peru. I did this 4 mile loop 3-4x a week. Every time I encountered a set of stairs, I would go up and down them 3x- no matter how many in the set.
The biggest set of stairs has 282 steps. No matter how in shape you are, this is a lung buster/quad burner/ass kicker. It makes for an amazing workout!!