Tuesday, August 14, 2012

SW ~ Tryon Creek State Park - Summer

The Terry Riley suspension bridge

Date visited: August 14, 2012
Agency: Oregon State Parks and Recreation Dept.
Path Surface: Dirt, gravel. All-accessible trail and bike path are paved.
Elevation gain/loss: Variable, but there's some short steep hills on some of the trails.
Distance: Variable depending on the route. Several trails and length options.
Ratings: Setting ++++ Calorie-burning ++++ for perimeter of the park route
Directions: From I-5, take the Terwilliger Blvd exit and go 2.3 miles south to the park entrance.

The weather is warmer, the trails are dustier and it's almost five years since our last report on Tryon Creek State Park. Today, we reversed our route from that visit. Many more people were using the trails, and we had to walk a quarter of a mile before birdsong could be heard over the excited voices of many children in the vicinity of the Nature Center. Nevertheless, we spent several lengthy periods of solitude and almost-quiet.

A few wildflowers remain, but mostly green and brown are the colors of the day. Pick your trails and enjoy!

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