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14 miles on the Wildwood - in pictures.

Sunday, March 31, 2013

I had Friday off work, and since it was such a beautiful day,decided to do my long run/walk of the week in Forest Park. For those of you who haven't been introduced to the Park yet, Forest Park is located within the city of Portland Oregon. It runs for over 30 miles from the Oregon Zoo to the far wilderness Northwest following the hillside ridges above the city's west side.
My apologies in advance for the blur to many of my photos. I ran many of the uphills, and bringing my heart rate down to take a photo was not an option if I wanted to finish this run/hike in decent time.

Spring has officially arrived in Portland, the Trillium are up and blanket much of the trailside!

And now I'll allow the trail to speak for itself. I ran an out and back from Lower Macleay park in Northwest Portland, heading north on the trail.

Where I came from.

one of many bridges that cross creeks along the trail.

And below a series of photos of ferns growing on the moss on the side of a Douglas Fir.

Where I turned around

The hill I had to slog back up after the turn around.

I came from down there.

one of the 1/4 mile markers, thank you Portland Parks department for repainting the diamonds!


Another hill to be run up!

And one to be run down.

I didn't see a single slug along the trail this outing, which has never happened keeping with the Pacific NW attitude, here's a photo from last year. I MUST share our slugs with all in the rest of the country who don't have the joy of dealing with them on a pretty much daily basis.

I know, I know, I have an evil streak, don't I?

For any who have read Wildwood by Colin Meloy (lead singer of the Decemberists), I picture this as being the entrance to the Coyote's Den. Colin lives quite near the Wildwood Trail, and has probably spent more time on it than I.

And then...the drive home...

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
DANABYNATURE 4/2/2013 12:00PM

    Oh my what beautiful pics!! Thank you for sharing.

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MSJESSPDX 4/1/2013 1:34PM

    *love* *Love* *LOVE*! Thanks for posting these!

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HANSBRINK 4/1/2013 1:34PM

  Oh the memories. .. Training for the Portland Marathon by running in Forest Park and for the Cascade Run Off by running Terwilliger down to Tyron Creek Park.


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CBAILEYC 4/1/2013 11:15AM

    Gorgeous as always.. except for the slugs! Ha!
Thanks for sharing - must get out that way again sometime soon.

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JSTETSER 4/1/2013 5:47AM

    Oregon is such a beautiful state.
We are enjoying mud season here in New Hampshire. There's still lots of snow on the ground, and running through slushy, wet snow is difficult.


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MARGARITTM 3/31/2013 6:35PM

    Love it Thanks

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BOBBYD31 3/31/2013 6:05PM

    nice, would love to hit the trails on my bike

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FITAT50 3/31/2013 3:21PM

    Gorgeous! My thought was how paranoid I'd be running all alone on that trail emoticon

How big are those slugs? Eeew!

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LOU1DAY 3/31/2013 1:48PM

    I love the juxtaposition between the trail, with no one else in sight, and I-5 in its typical bumper-to-bumper afternoon slow-down! Sometimes your sense of humor comes through on its own, with nothing but the photos!

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JLITT62 3/31/2013 1:32PM

    How I wishi had somewhere beautiful like that to run!

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GAYEMC 3/31/2013 12:14PM

    What great weather for a run in the park and great pics! I'm looking forward to getting a little sun this afternoon. Happy Easter! emoticon

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ROSCOEKR 3/31/2013 12:11PM

    What a peaceful time your run most of been & it looks like you were all by yourself

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