We had been meaning to visit Tryon Creek State Park which holds the distinction of being Oregon’s only state park within a major metropolitan area for quite a while. We finally visited a few days ago. The parking lot was full but we barely ran into anyone on our hike. Despite the map, we made a few bad turns so we just meandered.
Mr. N enjoyed being the tallest in the group and getting a squirrel’s eye view.
We didn’t actually see any squirrels but there were a few places that the dogs sniffed intently.
The trails are mostly flat so it wasn’t particularly strenuous. Sage desperately wanted to jump into the creek but it’s forbidden to protect the steelhead trout. So we told her to climb a tree instead. Mr. N made it up halfway and then I had to give him a boost.
He was not impressed with the lack of squirrels.
The park is known for trilliums so we’re planning on going back in the spring when they bloom.