Hike These 5 Amazing Wildflower Trails In and Around Portland To Make Your Spring Complete
Nothing says spring like fields of wildflowers rising from the ground to let loose their striking colors. To fully experience the season, a wildflower hike is just the thing to get you in the spirit of spring. Whether you want something easy or difficult, choose one of these stunning displays of spring to trod through this weekend and be amazed by its natural beauty.
1. Tryon Creek
Choose between a 1.9-mile or a 5.7-mile loop to see some of the most dense trillium blooms around. April and May at the best times for trillium viewing. Located in SW Portland, Tryon Creek is our city's only state park and a great place to spot wildlife, go for a picnic, or simply hang out in nature.
2. Dog Mountain
Boasting some of the best views of the Gorge and sweeping wildflower fields, this hike is not for the weak of heart. The 6.9-mile hike is grueling, but so worth it when you see the display. May and June are the peak of the season, and things get crowded, so be sure to arrive early or head there during the week to beat the crowds.
3. Camassia Natural Area
For an easy hike, this West Linn preserve is the place to head. The 1.4-mile hike through a meadow and features wildflower blooms throughout April and May. You will see the area's namesake flower, the common camas, as well as many more during the profuse wildflower bloom here where over 300 species of plants live.
4. Tom McCall Nature Preserve
Choose between the 1-mile hike to Rowena Plateau or take the longer 3.6-mile trek to McCall Point, which includes the most stunning views of the preserve teeming with wildflowers. May is your best bet for prime wildflower viewing here. Sitting 11 miles east of Hood River, this preserve is easily accessible and so worth the trip.
5. Memaloose Hills
This well-walked trail hike is perfect for wildflower viewing in April and May. The meadows are so overflowing with flowers that you will hardly notice the 5.2-mile hike out and back. Located a little over an hour east of the city in the Columbia Gorge, this is a great spot for a day trip, so be sure to pack a lunch before heading out.
What is your favorite spring wildflower hike? Let us know in the comments below.
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