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2016-08-11  
Maple Trail, OR
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Maple Trail, OR 
Maple Trail, OR
 
Hiking avatar Aug 11 2016
black_toes
Hiking3.48 Miles
Hiking3.48 Miles
 
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Right place, wrong season. In autumn this deeply-shaded trail would be a foliage heaven of brilliant color. Zillions of maples, some with leaves like the Oregon or Big Leaf Maple large enough to hide a face (see photo). All mixed in with towering fir and alders in Forest Park. This large park rests in a small range of verdant mountains on Portland's NW corner, along the western shore of the Willamette River. Never heard of Forest Park until watching a nature show on TV a few days before. A bird researcher described his findings after years and years of studying Pygmy Owls in the park. The little owls are reclusive and hard enough to see in broad daylight much less in a dense forest like this one. Not so for bicyclers who pedal around the asphalt paths in good numbers. They however are forbidden on the dirt paths like the Maple Trail which is a loner's paradise. In two hours came across only a pair of young runners plying the trail separately. Good for exercise if not vistas. We started out on Firelane 4 from NW Saltzman Rd to reach the Maple Trail. It got our attention, rising 350' in .28 of a mile. For a hike next time I'd shoot for higher peaks to the south.
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