Saturday, August 9, 2008

Trip report: city nature

Walk #1 in Portland Hill Walks meanders around Willamette Heights.  We learned there used to be a lake, Guilds Lake, swamping around what is now NW industrial area, filled in by blasting the side of the hill just South of Leif Erikson Drive.  The walk snaked around homes, historical and new, and meandered through parts of Forest Park, all the while narrating interesting natural and historic features. 
Balch Creek, highlighted on the last stretch of the walk, is a year-round running creek that used to supply Portland with much of its fresh water.
Some of the hikers on this trip got a little tired part way through.
But soon everyone was rested, perked up, and enjoyed the vistas and natural splendor just within the city limits. 

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