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This super easy trail is a double loop around Battle Ground Lake featuring an upper and lower loop. The park is 280 acres of evergreen forest centered around a crater lake of volcanic Origin formed 105,000 years ago. Dogs are fine but must be on a leash. Please clean up after your pet. Please purchase a $10.00 Discover Pass at the automated pay station when you enter the park. Bring your own water and a snack/lunch you can have after the hike. Wear your mask and plan to social distance from other walkers. Address: 18002 N.E. 249th Street, Battle Ground, WA 98604 Allow 60 minutes to drive the 36 miles Direction: Take Hwy 217 N to 26 E to 405 N to I-5 N and cross over the interstate bridge. Follow I-5 and get off at Exit 11. Go right onto Hwy 502 to Battle Ground. Turn left onto N.E. Grace Avenue, then right onto N.E. 10th Street Veer left onto N.E. Heisson Road/11th Street Veer right onto N.E. 244th Street which becomes N.E. Palmer Road Turn left at N.E. 249th Street and follow road to the SECOND parking areas (by showers). Park there to start trail.
Powell Butte Nature Park is 612 acres 600 feet above southeast Portland. Its trails wind through forest settings, orchards, above underground reservoirs and up through grasslands atop the butte. There are a total of 9 miles of trails, but we'll be doing about 4.5 on today's trek. There is a gain of 530 feet to the 10 million year old Boring volcano, where, on a clear day, you can see Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Adams, Mt. Rainier, Mt. Hood, Clackamas Butte, Mt. Scott. Mt. Jefferson, Gresham Butte and Olallie Butte. We'll cross through a meadow with a walnut and apple orchard (where we saw deer last time). Switchbacks ascend to cottonwoods, Douglas-fir, big-leaf maple, western hemlock, western red-cedar, oak savanna and sword ferns. The Visitor Center, picnic area, restrooms and water are NOT available due to COVID-19. Plan to bring your own drinking water. We have to keep 6 feet apart and wear a mouth/nose facial covering. Dogs are OK on a leash; please pick up after your pet. . Due to COVID-19 we cannot Park in the main parking area by the Visitors Center. Instead we will start at the Blacktail Deer trail on the opposite of the park. Use Powell Butte 2 at —- 5603 SE 145th Avenue, Portland —— as the address for your GPS.
The Trail of Ten Falls is a 7.8 mile loop with the second highest concentration of waterfalls in Oregon (the Gorge is the first). The trail showcases one of the broadest collections of flor in the state. For the best view of the falls we’ll start at the North Falls Trailhead and walk on the Rim Trail towards the 177 foot South Falls. Well then go down the Canyon Trail to see the remaining falls and swimming holes. The trail ends at the 136 foot South Falls. We’ll walk in old growth forest and might see the start of Falls changing leaves. There are steps and a gain of 700 feet elevation, but we can slow down and take breaks as needed. Dogs are NOT allowed. Bring your own water and a snack/lunch to enjoy at the picnic tables before we loop back on the trail to our cars. Washrooms are available. Wear your mask and plan to social distance while hiking and picnicking. Address: 20024 Silver Falls Highway SE, Sublimity, OR 97385 Allow 1 1/2 hours to drive the 65 miles Directions: Take 217 S to I-5 and drive past Salem to Hwy 22 E. After 10 miles take exit 9 towards Aumsville. Turn right (North) onto 1st Street/Shaw Hwy SE Continue onto Brownwell Drive SE The Trailhead and parking lot for North Falls is 15.4 miles, on the left. Pay fees at automated fee station. Meet by the Trailhead sign.
The trails of Woods Memorial Nature Park are in a 36 acre native forest in the Fanno Creek watershed. We'll walk under the canopies of Douglas-fir, big-leaf maples, oak, willows, western red-cedar and Indian plum. Under those will be viburnum and red horse-chestnut among the carpets of water-leaf. We may be lucky enough to see "nature mandalas" made by a lady who visits the park and creates her designs. The 2.3 miles of trails are all natural (unpaved) and there are steps going up and down along different areas of the trails. There's a stream at the bottom of the slope and several foot bridges. We might get to view deer crossing through the park trails. There are no washrooms and water fountains. Please bring your own water bottle. Wear your mask and plan to socially distance from other walkers. Dogs are permitted on leashes. Please clean up after your pet. We will start at the South Trailhead after we park on the side of the road. Take SW Taylors Ferry Road and get off at 48th Avenue and go right. Take the 2nd Trailhead on the right (no signage) into SW Wood Parkway. Drive to end of road by dead end gate. Park on the right side of road by trees.