Washington Park

As described elsewhere on this site (especially in the "First Visit" section), Washington Park is a treasure for the city of Portland that we hope to enjoy walking through on an almost daily basis for many years to come.   In addition to paved sidewalks and paths, the park also has dirt trails that run for miles through the deeper recesses of the forested hillsides above the west side of Portland.

We have only begun to explore the trails, but the paved walks are a major component of our daily exercise routine.   First of all, we have a nice climb along city streets just to get to the park entrance.   At that point one sees the sculpture of Sacagawea, the Native American guide who (perhaps foolishly for her people) led the Lewis & Clark expedition past this area about three centuries ago.

The park itself consists mainly of a large grove of very tall Douglas Fir and Cedar trees, with a few Redwoods thrown in for good measure.  As you walk through these groves, you'll soon find the Rose Garden and, a bit higher up, the Japanese Garden.   Above that are forested hills (some of which are built upon, but rather sparsely) and finally, a couple of miles away on the other side of the ridge, the Hoyt Arboretum, a focal point of more hiking trails that lead very far into the hills to the north-west of Portland.   Come summertime (i.e. after the mud dries out, more or less) we'll start exploring some of those more distant trails.   One of them, called the Wildwood Trail, meanders for some 40 miles through the dense woods outside the city.
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