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walking
12 days ago

It was a nice fall stroll.

Nice walk on a beautiful day. Lots of steps to test your heart! Where’s the advertised volcano?

portland, baby

on Mount Tabor Loop Trail

trail running
2 months ago

Open space to walk on paths. Beautiful scenery throughout park. Blackberries to be plucked. Parking was full in first lot, but drove to reservoir area and took in the view

Description says loop. however, the bike path portion that makes the loop is closed towards sellwood. so I turned back and got turned around, they have done some new upgrades that stabilized the decent from the parking lot. Trail is in good shape for the most part. I like that the hiking section is off limits to cyclists. our hike was almost 4 miles, with the extra re-route. (that matters to a 8 month corgi)

Nice scenic walk in the middle of the Reed College campus. The water and bridges were nice features. Lots of places to sit and hang out. The name doesn't make much sense though. I would probably title it "Reed Lake Loop" since that is the main feature. Crystal Springs is where the Rhododendron Garden is - across 28th Ave, not here.

Decent place to wander with family or pooches. I'll come back with my father who is getting too old for climbs but still appreciates being in nature because you can drive all the way to the top.

hiking
2 months ago

Hurray, the island is finally accessible. In May the island was truly an island - surrounded by water deep and wide. Now the river was much lower, and we could easily walk to the island on dry land.

The western paved portion is not so hot, especially on a nice day that brings out many cyclists. One can avoid that by going out and back on the east side. Good for waterfowl in the winter, but muddy.

trail running
3 months ago

beautiful view. uphill, downhill, and flat terrain. easy to get to if you're in Portland. trail, stair, or road options. very dog friendly. usually occupied by a lot of other people. not a secluded area at all. great for all levels.

Hidden gem. Stand near the channel marker and yell- amazing echo off the far river walls.

walking
3 months ago

Nice short walk, right on the river. Not well defined paths due to the river level fluctuations. Not much parking either.

Nice uphill walk, very nice area.

hiking
4 months ago

Great short hike spot if you want to stay close to the city. Visited in the Spring and also early June. My 2 yr old enjoyed crossing over the rocks while holding my hand...would be more difficult with younger children to cross unless you carry them. Not stroller friendly. Wear rain boots or water shoes if you want to trudge through or use your balancing skills to rock hop/step to the island. I imagine the water level will be too high to get to the island during the fall/winter. Once on island the hiking is easy. I never found the “loop”. Trail seemed to end halfway around when it became too rocky. Could’ve hike through brush at that point, but that part of trail was not defined. Lots of duck and geese poop so it was hard to find a good spot to lay our picnic blanket, but we managed. Great views though and worth it and 5 stars from me because I live close by and love to have this in my part of town!!

walking
4 months ago

Great place for long boarding as well. Laurelhurst is seriously one of the best parks in SE Portland. Hammock!

walking
4 months ago

Elk Rock island was just a short trip. It was beautifully specked with daisies and other flowers When we went, there was several people fishing. It's kind of in the middle of the burbs though, as in you get a view of some fancy houses when you go. otherwise, there is a short trail leading to a cool tree.

hiking
4 months ago

Super familiar park for me. It's not a place to get solitude, but it is a great place to hang out or get exercise. The trails are varied, and some are less populated. There's often some kind of event going on, and there are many areas for kids to enjoy as well as adults. Though I've probably hiked every trail over the years, now that I have a GPS, I guess I'll do it all again while painting cyan lines on the map.

walking
4 months ago

Laurelhurst is super familiar and not very "magical" for me anymore, but it is a great place to hang out or get in some exercise. Today was perhaps the first time I have walked down every single trail in the park.

Great mountain bike trail for beginners.

hiking
5 months ago

What a great forested park in the middle of the city. I especially like how it starts out in a random neighborhood. You go up a "secret staircase" and suddenly you are under a huge bridge. Pretty cool entryway.

All concrete, nice city views but not very pretty along the trail itself. East side very noisy from freeway traffic

Easy to follow, year round, dog friendly, can be steep in certain areas but very family friendly. Nice view of Portland at the summit, along with a basketball court, playgrounds and restrooms.

My second visit, walking the loop around Oaks Bottom Lake, this time with Mom. We saw tons of wildlife, and it was a perfect weather day.

Last time I was here I found a pipe case on the waters edge. I opened it only to find a small bag a spoon and 2 needles... junkie starter kit... I am sick and tired of taking my kids to all these parks close to the city and have to pick up fucking needles or dealing with groups of people smoking weed... I’ve grown up in this city now I can’t stand it. I will spend the gas to take my kids hiking outside the city limits.

We parked at Sellwood Park and started from there. The beginning was ok - saw lots of birds - got a good pic of geese with their goslings. However, it ends up on a paved road (Spring Water Corridor) and we walked that back with bikers blazing by us....very boring and even though it was maybe 3 miles, it felt like 10 because of the walk back. I think though this would be a good beginner, introductory hike for someone new to it...better than sitting indoors!

Don’t come when it’s flooded! (5/20/18) you can’t get to the island and it’s hard i navigate, unless you’re planning on treating through murky water then have at it!

beautiful view of downtown Portland.

Most of the trail is underwater right now.

hiking
6 months ago

This is a nice little park with two short trail loops. One loop is mostly paved, and it visits "parky" amenities such as a basketball court, small skate park, open field, and playground. The other loop passes through a forested area, which I found more interesting. This second loop doesn't show up on the 0.6 mile loop presented. One side is hiding behind the bathroom, and the other comes out on the "balloon string" or "lollipop stick" that extends toward Lazy River Dr.

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