Behold Forest Park, a 5,100 acre wooded area nestled up to Portland. It's the largest forested natural area within city limits in the U.S. For an outdoorsy person, it's a must-see in Portland. The Wildwood Trail is a great trail to hike. It's a 30 mile long loop system within Forest Park. Open year round, but best conditions are in the late-spring, summer, and fall. A common starting place is in Northwest Portland. It's an easy-moderate hike with some incline and a well maintained path. Beautiful, lush forest will surround you and the natural beauty will astonish you. An interesting landmark on the trail is the stone house, an abandoned stone structure that used to be a public restroom built in the 1930s. A storm eventually took out the water line, and it was never repaired. Today, it serves as a great break or lunch spot on this lovely hike. The trail can see a lot of traffic on nice weekend afternoons, so venture far in or seek a different trail further outside of portland if you want to get away from people. However, it's convenience to Portland will be forever cherished. Don't miss it!
To do this fun little hike, start at the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center, and follow the paved trail through the historic Civilian Conservation Corps Camp, down to the rugged tide pools to see several unique natural features. Thor's well and Spouting Horn are both naturally formed holes in the rocky surface that cause geyser-like spectacles when waves hit in certain ways. Thor's wall is more immense (20 feet deep!), while spouting horn is smaller and spraying fountain-esque. High tide is the best time to see them if you can time it right. Be on guard of huge waves splashing in, though. Low tide is also a fun time to check out the area to see all the tide pool creatures. After you explore the tide pools, and take in the scenery surrounding the area, you can loop back up to the visitor center. The hike is a little under a mile; so it's easy- but allow time to explore the natural formations of this magnificent spot on the Oregon coast.
Shevlin Park loop is an easy and beautiful path along Tumalo Creek. It’s located about 3 miles northwest of Bend. The park entrance/parking area comes up on the left off of NW Shevlin Park Road. The path is over 4 miles round trip and intersects with many other paths, including Tumalo Falls. The path is steady, fairly flat, and includes a few footbridges that pass over water. It’s ideal for families, dogs, runners, hikers, bikers, snowshoers, and cross country skiiers. The path wanders from aspen grove to grassy field, over babbling Tumalo Creek and through the silent forest. There are also a few spots for a picnic. This trail is lovely, but does get a bit crowded on weekends if you happen to be looking for solitude. Check out a map before you go, since it does intersect with many other trails. Or hey, just go where your nose leads you!