Last Friday there was no school for my little explorer. I had to take the day off from work to be with him (no complaints there!), and the sun was shining. Outside it was!
We decided to do the 4T Trail (map), signs of which we have always seen at the Washington light rail station while walking to the zoo. The 4 Ts stand for Trail, Tram, Trolley, and Train. It is suggested that you start in Washington Park, hiking on the Marquam Trail from the Oregon Zoo up to Council Crest Park and down the other side, also Marquam Trail, but partly on Fairmount Blvd. and Marquam Hill Rd., until you get to OHSU. Instead of going along the roads, we went through Marquam Nature Park, which also leads into OHSU from the Connor Trail. From OHSU, board the Aerial Tram to South Waterfront, then take the Trolley back into downtown. Finally, switch over to the light rail at Pioneer Square to head back to Washington Park.
Our hike took us this way, except we started at Pioneer Square and ended there, and instead of taking the trolley back into downtown, we opted to walk along the Willamette River, so we probably went farther than the stated 4.5 miles. It was just too nice out to sit in a trolley! Enjoy the pictures.
Cross over the 26 to the trailhead for the Marquam Trail:
About to start the hike up to Council Crest, said to be the highest point in Portland at 1,073 feet above sea level (and yes, we picked up that plastic bag in the background):
A shelf fungus in the middle of the trail:
It was pretty windy that day, and as small branches fell from the trees as we hiked, I imagine these shelf fungi also succumbed to the wind. Here’s another:
This must be a squirrel’s dining room table, leftovers from hundreds of Douglas Fir
pinecones fir cones:
Approaching Council Crest, with one of those giant red telecommunication towers adorning it:
An electric streetcar used to come up here a century ago, bringing visitors to Council Crest Amusement Park, roller coaster and all! We took a break at this sign about the streetcar:
The views from the summit are wonderful. In the background here, you can see the Columbia River, downtown, and Mt. St. Helens in the distance:
Closeup of Mt. St. Helens:
Mt. Hood, to the east:
Scores of American Robins were hanging out:
Can anyone identify this? Patrick found several:
A nice statue fountain, that had been stolen in the 1980s and recovered a decade later during a narcotics raid in a backyard in NE Portland:
Now we’re heading down the other side:
An awesome view of Mt. Hood:
“This way, I think”:
New tree growing within an old one:
Heading into Marquam Nature Park:
We had to traverse over this muddy landslide:
And then saw this sign up further on the trail:
Some displays on natural history and history of the park:
Now on to the Conner Trail, which brought us to OHSU:
“I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order” – John Burroughs:
A short walk through the OHSU campus then brought us to the Aerial Tram, which is free to ride down:
Some views from the tram platform:
From inside the tram, looking back on OHSU:
Downtown, to the north:
To the northeast, looking at the Willamette River, OMSI, and in the distance, Mt. St. Helens:
Lunch at a Subway (boy, was Patrick hungry!). Now we are along the river, spotted a cormorant:
Looking across from South Waterfront to Ross Island:
Nests of Great Blue Herons easily visible in some of the trees:
A Song Sparrow:
An osprey nest in South Waterfront:
Patrick enjoyed spotting this addition to a pedestrian marking:
A cormorant in flight:
From near the Hawthorne Bridge we headed back into downtown to Portland City Hall. I knew there were some Intertwine events going on, so we checked it out. I’ll share the few pics and news from the event in the next post, but he’s some shots from within City Hall and downtown.
Do you want to know how Portland is split up?
Model of the city:
Famous sculpture immortalized in the “Expose yourself to art” posters:
We got on a bus in our neighborhood at about 8:40am, at Washington Park at 9:30am, at the top of Council Crest at 10:46am, at OHSU at 1:30pm, at City Hall by 4:00pm, and back home by bus at 6:45pm. Long day, and we had a lot of fun!