Posts Tagged ‘Springwater Corridor’

Sellwood Pool

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Sellwood PoolWhat’s to Love:  I hope people who live near the pool don’t hate me for writing this article.  Why would they hate me?  It’s simple – they don’t want the best outdoor pool in Portland any more crowded than it already is!  Actually, to think the Sellwood Pool is some top secret location known only to insiders is a bit naive.  Everything you’ve heard (if it’s tremendously positive) is most likely true.  We all know Sellwood Park is gorgeous, and the pool is the perfect extension for summer fun.

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Powell Butte – Mountain Biking

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View from Parking Area of Powell ButteWhat’s to Love: I moved to Portland from one of the best mountain biking cities in the country – Durango, Colorado. I used to ride endless single-track right from my doorstep, and I lived just blocks from downtown. I miss the Durango sunshine, but I miss the epic mountain bike rides the most. Within the city limits of Portland, Powell Butte is the best cure for “single track fever.”

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Springwater Corridor/Eastbank Esplanade

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Heading North on the Springwater TrailWhat’s to Love: This is one of the best and most accessible bike paths within a short distance from downtown Portland. The Springwater Corridor trail “…is the major southeast segment of the 40-Mile Loop which was inspired by the 1903 Olmsted plan of a parkway and boulevard loop to connect park sites. The eventual developed trail will be over 21 miles long” (source). If you’re a southeast Portland resident, you’re probably very familiar with biking along this trail. Whether it’s making your way to the Sellwood Bridge, Oaks Amusement Park, OMSI or downtown Portland, this is your ticket to a great family ride.

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Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge – Hiking Loop

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What’s to Love: A great 2 mile loop-hike right in the heart of the Westmoreland area, and right in the heart of a beautiful Wildlife Refuge. Many hard-working people have transformed this entire wetland into a wonderful destination for hiking, biking, bird watching and exploring. For the most part, it is now very clean and safe. Historically, that has not always been the case (see Caveats).

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