Hikes Ideal for Spring

Molly Johnson | 11/28/2017 | Featured on Homepage, Recreation, Trails

When spring arrives in Mt. Hood Territory the trails will most certainly be calling your name. A true hiker's paradise with glaciers, meadows and alpine lakes all within reach here.

Follow Cheryl Strayed's footsteps on the historic and Hollywood-famed Pacific Crest Trail. Stumble across epic mountain silhouettes as you venture along the more than 1,200 miles of Mt. Hood National Forests trails. Or, find yourself standing in a sea of lush ferns and colorful wildflowers. Whether you seek tranquility, or the adventure of an escape from the concrete-laden city-life, Mt. Hood Territory has what you are looking for.

Valley:

Table Rock Wilderness Area:

With over 6,000 acres of pristine forest, towering basaltic cliffs and spectacular vistas of the Cascades, the trails throughout the Table Rock Wilderness Area truly merit the word, epic.

Molalla River Recreation Corridor:

Just a stone’s throw away from Table Rock Wilderness Area is the Molalla River Recreation Corridor which lures not only hikers but whitewater enthusiasts, equestrians and anglers.With trails along the beautiful waterway offering incredible views this stop offers something for everybody.

Magness Memorial Tree Farm:

An internationally recognized demonstration forest and outdoor education site sitting on 80 acres between Sherwood and Wilsonville.With well maintained and well marked hiking trails, streams, creeks, a recreation field, picnic area and overnight cabins. it's a wonderful place to spend a day and you can bring your fur babies on leashes too.

Urban:

Mt. Talbert Nature Park:

A haven among busy streets and the shopping center in Clackamas, Mt. Talbert Nature Park is the perfect urban escape. Revel in the views, quirky wildlife and 4-mile trail network of varying difficulty, winding through the towering trees that are home to a diverse range of wildlife. The hiking trails feel like you're in a secluded area of wilderness, making you forget you're only minutes away from shopping, lodging and dining options.

Camassia Natural Area:

One of the best places in Mt. Hood Territory to see the dazzling display of wildflower blooms is the Camassia Natural Area in West Linn. Camassia sits atop a bluff overlooking both the Willamette and Clackamas Rivers. This 26-acre area is home to more than 300 different plant species, including the namesake camas flower. The bloom generally starts each April and runs into early May, which makes for some truly amazing photography opportunities. There are plenty of trails that wind through the area, which are dotted with interpretive signage to help you identify the variety of plants and animals you'll see along your hike.

Tryon Creek State Park:

Tryon Creek State Park is one of only a few state parks in a metropolitan area, and has great walking trails and natural surroundings despite its proximity to the city.

Willamette Falls Heritage Trail:

The Willamette Falls Heritage Trail is a self-guided trail emphasizing more than 30 historically-significant spots in the West Linn, Lake Oswego and Oregon City areas of Mt. Hood Territory. Museums like The End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center share the story of the early pioneers who made Oregon home, while historic sites such as the mighty Willamette Falls and surrounding historic homes illustrate the picture of the birth of Oregon.

Mountain:

Wildwood Recreation Area:

Explore more than three miles of ADA-accessible paved trails and boardwalks at Wildwood Recreation Site and discover many more accessible spur trails. The Cascade Streamwatch Trail for instance, takes hikers to a viewing window to watch fish, crawdads and other underwater life.

Milo McIver State Park:

Bring your family with you to Milo McIver State Park for a day or week of fun. Embark on miles of trails and stop by the Clackamas hatchery in the late spring to see the salmon hatchery process in action.

Little Zigzag Canyon:

Looking to cool off with the family? Follow the narrow, shaded Little Zigzag Canyon to reach picturesque Little Zigzag Falls just off Hwy 26 for some amazing photo opportunities.

Fish Creek Mountain Trail:

Enjoy the 8.1 mile fish creek mountain trail along the Clackamas River, featuring old-growth hemlocks and noble firs.

Barlow Road:

If you're interested in history and scenic splendor, then the Barlow Road is the perfect respite for you. Travel the same trail pioneers took on the final stages of their months-long journey along the Oregon Trail. Walk the ruts at Barlow Pass and Pioneer Woman's Grave, see the perilous Laurel Hill and final Tollgate in Rhododendron, or stop by Philip Foster Farm for a glimpse into pioneer life.

When you are out on the trails, remember to bring plenty of water and tag your photos with our #omht so we can follow along. Experience multiple trails and turn it into a mini get-away by staying at a nearby lodging property.

Molly Johnson grew up in Mt. Hood Territory and loves getting to write content inspiring others to visit her beloved home. She is currently generating content for mthoodterritory.com and for the #omht Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest channels. 

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