Linnton Loop

  • Level: moderate
  • Length: 5.2 miles
  • Elevation: 930 ft. elevation gain
  • Type: loop
  • Open: all year
  • Permit: n/a
  • Drive time from Portland: +/-15m
  • Google map: “Linnton Loop Hike Trailhead”

This is my current favorite in-town hike. There are ridiculously gorgeous parts and annoying parts and difficult parts and old growth trees and all kinds of turns and changes to keep me on my toes, sometimes literally. There are downhill pitches where I basically tip-toe. It was the first tougher trail I did while rehabbing my knee and I’m hooked on it. Continue reading “Linnton Loop”

Forest Park via Germantown Rd. (revisited)

You’ll find me on various parts of the Wildwood Trail at least once a week, so it feels weird to “revisit” it. However, spring in Forest Park is popping off right now and I have a new favorite loop that deserves a little attention. Continue reading “Forest Park via Germantown Rd. (revisited)”

Forest Park (via Newberry Rd.)

  • Level: Easy (Beginner Level: Challenging.)
  • Length: 5.7 miles
  • Elevation: 450 ft. gain
  • Type: lollipop loop
  • Open: all year
  • Permit: n/a
  • Drive time from Portland: ± 15 min.
  • Google map: “Wildwood Newberry Trailhead”
  • Features: Tualatin Mountains, Wildwood Trail, second and old growth forests, spring flowers

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Story of a Body

When it comes to exercise, “ability” and “skill level” are emotionally and politically fraught. So is “exercise.” Our bodies are not safe in this culture, some are less safe than others. We are constantly criticized and bombarded with messages that aren’t even in our best interests about what we need to do with ourselves. Personally, I believe what we do with our bodies is nobodies business, but our own. Exercising is often a public endeavor and it can be vulnerable for anyone. I’m finding I cannot talk about my body without telling stories. It deserves that much from me. I have dropped a lot of story bombs between the following lines. There are many more I haven’t even mentioned. Give me time. Or, maybe, give me an editor. Continue reading “Story of a Body”

Forest Park (via Germantown Rd.)

  • Level: Easy to Moderate (Beginner Level: Doable to Challenging.)
  • Length: <8.3 miles
  • Elevation: ± 450 ft. gain
  • Type: loop
  • Open: all year
  • Permit: n/a
  • Drive time from Portland: ± 15 min.
  • Google map: “Germantown RD Wildwood Trail”
  • Features: Tualatin Mountains, Wildwood Trail, wildflowers, second and old growth forests

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