Grab the kids, grab the dog, hit the road, and get ready to hike some of the best easy hiking trails in and around Portland. If you're just looking for a short and quick jaunt in the wilderness, without the crowds, these three hikes are going to be your best bet for a getaway.
Kelley Point - One of my favorite family-friendly hiking trails sits just beyond St. Johns. There isn't much elevation and the hiking trail itself is only a 1.7 mile loop, so if you ever need a quick jaunt in the fresh air, head on up to Kelley Point. Bring a picnic blanket and bagged lunch and enjoy the sunset on the west side of the park. To make things even better, Kelley Point is a fantastic park for dogs, so if you've got a canine best friend along for the ride, make sure to stop by Nature's Pet Market in downtown St. John's and save 20% on treats and toys when you click here!
Powell Butte - Just off SE Powell Blvd. and 162nd Ave., Powell Butte is like no other park in the city. After ascending the entry road, the trees thin and the rolling sea of golden grass begins. reminiscent of the midwest or high desert, Powell Butte offers such a different Portland experience and presents its visitors with incredible views of the city and Mount Hood in the distance. On your way up Powell, make sure to stop at Portland's new vegan-friendly donut shop, Doe Donuts. Click here to get two free coffees when you buy six donuts!
Tryon Creek Park - Tryon Creek Park stands between Portland and Lake Oswego, and while you probably only ever drive by the park, this summer make sure you stop by and hike at least the inner loop. At only 1.9 miles, the inner loop is one way to get a nice quick hike in without really going hard. Wander through the moss-covered trees and enjoy the sounds of the trickling creek and the birds in the canopy. After hiking the park, stop by Laughing Planet in Lake Oswego proper and click here to take 25% off your order!
Now what are you waiting for? Hit the road and make some summer memories before the kids go back to school!