a new hike in the city : Lower Macleay Park

We wanted to take a new hike the other day.  We didn’t want to drive too far.  We just wanted to get out.  It was a rainy day, you know… it’s Portland!  You just need to get good shoes and a coat if you feel like you need one.  My Lucas likes to get wet, and he’s never really cold, so he goes how he feels comfortable.  I guess he is our true Oregonian!

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This hike is in Forest Park.  Lower Macleay Park.  We’ve never been.  We ended up at the Audubon Society of Portland.  It coincides with the Wildwood Trail.  When we started it was cloudy and sprinkling some.  By the time we were coming down from the Audubon Society, it was pouring, but under the canopy of the trees we didn’t feel it too bad.  Besides it is much nicer when you have a little someone telling you how much they enjoy the rain and getting wet.  It’s all on how you see it, right?

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DSC_0045-small DSC_0053-small DSC_0044-smallBalch Creek.  Named after the man who owned this land and the stone house (pictured down below.)  But also known as the first man legal execution in Oregon in 1859.  He had nine children and after one of his daughters left with one of his hired man from Vancouver (Washington) he shot him “by accident” one day he had come to the city for goods. (Read more of his story here.)


Wild Rose.

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The largest tree in the park is this Douglas Fir, over 240 feet tall.

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Then we found this stone house.

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It is a great hike I recommend you visit, if you are in town.  I think during a hot summer day, this would be a great way to get cooled off under the shade of these giants.

Happy Earth Day to you, today.


2 thoughts on “a new hike in the city : Lower Macleay Park

  1. darwinsbulldog April 26, 2014 / 9:22 pm

    Great photos! Going to Audubon, then hiking into Lower Macleay with my kids is a favorite.

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