Tuesday, February 11, 2014

hikes with kids: Oak's Bottom, Portland.


One of our favorite walks around town is Oak's Bottom. It is one of our go-to places when we are feeling a little stir-crazy and want to be out in nature, but don't want to drive very far. It is a great spot if you are looking for a little hike where you feel safe with the kids running along the trail and exploring by themselves. There are no steep drop-off's and I feel comfortable with my 1 1/2 year old hiking ahead of me on her own. It is just a gentle stroll along a wetland, with fun small bridges to cross and a little creek to play in. It's a great spot for birders, so I recommend taking along a pair of binoculars for you and the kids.

There are several different access spots for hiking at Oak's Bottom. Our favorite is parking down by the roller rink, heading under the train bridge and hiking along the wetland there. It seems to be the longest continuous hike there that we have found. Sometimes we park up at the top on Milwaukie and veer off the paved trail to the left, to hike on a little path through the woods there.That's where there is a sweet spot with a little bridge over a creek where the kids like to play.

It is fabulous to visit in all seasons and fun to compare how the landscape looks throughout the year. I can't wait to head there in the spring and early summer to listen to the frogs and try to find some tadpoles!

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