Last year I bought a pocket sized book titled Walk There! 50 treks in and around Portland and Vancouver. Best book I ever bought – and not just because it was essentially free as we made the purchase with credits from selling previously enjoyed books back to the fine people at Powells Books.
Walking has now become one of our favorite weekend activities and with this trusty little book in hand we have seen more interesting places in and around Portland, discovered new shops, and hidden gem eating establishments than we ever thought possible when we set out on our first walking adventure early last September. It was a gorgeous Fall day and we decided to start with the “Hillsdale to the River” walk on Page 181. Distance 4 miles. Level of difficulty – 5 bars (out of 5!) Our trek began in the parking lot Wilson High School in Southwest Portland and wound slightly downhill on lovely neighborhood streets, through the woods, over bridges, and under tunnels all leading down to the river.
And then you walk back up, and up, and up.
According to our trusty guide book “This hilly walk in Portland’s Southwest Hills combines several city staircases, forest paths and a river walk with great views and significant elevation gain. Somehow, when I selected this walk, I must have glazed over the “significant elevation gain”.
Portland is a very walkable city. A comfortable pair of walking shoes, some sunscreen, a bottle of water, a few bucks in your pocket and the handy little (it fits right in hubby’s back pocket) Walk There! book, and you are ready to go.
Need more reasons to get out there? Here are a few straight from the book:
1. Walking is good for your wallet! We couldn’t agree more. It is cheap entertainment.
2. Walking is one of the safest activities you can do. It’s good for your bones, good for your heart and really good for your spirit. This we know for sure.
3. Walking is good for the environment. Any time you leave the car in the garage, it’s good for the environment.
What are you waiting for?
See you on the trail!