Posted by: dayhikemoms | July 12, 2007

Great Outdoor Places to Take Kids

We have been doing a couple of amazing bike rides (with our child being towed along in a bike stroller) around Portland. I will be adding to this blog below each time I find a hidden gem that is worth telling parents and kids about! So keep checking back each week to this particular post/page.

Kelley Point Park – We road from Alberta Arts neighborhood to St Johns on Fourth of July. Perfect day to ride because the streets were empty. We rode through the Slough along N Marine Dr next to Portland harbor to Kelley Point Park. Great little beaches to swim. Than we rode the long way along N Lombard to downtown St. Johns. Than on the way back we rode on Willamette rd along the Willamette River through the University. What an amazing ride! the North area is a hidden gem in Portland – so many awesome parks and areas to enjoy in St Johns! (Pier Park is another awesome huge Park with so many old growth trees – a great park to take the kids!)

This past weekend we rode along Marine Dr. along the Columbia River (there is a great beach spot along this path) to the 205 Corridor Bike Path through Marywood Park to Mt. Tabor Park. Another beautiful bike ride. The bike stroller was the best purchase we ever made last year! Than we rode back through the city on bike paths/roads.

Yesterday we drove to Sauvie Island to Walton Beach. Big beach area, great place for swimming – the kids love it! Only there is so much litter on the beach – very surprised to see the amount of trash left on the beach. It is a “pack out what you pack in’ beach. Besides the litter everywhere, the water was pretty great. And the kids can play in the water without it being to deep to fast. Yet be careful there is a strong current not to far out.

Buck Lake – What an amazing lake! It is a great day at the lake. 1/2 EASY hike in – pack in a raft / tube / boat — beautiful lake. You can camp here at the lake (about 4 spots) . We were going to camp, however, it was a semi- nosy with people bringing in radios… so we decided not to camp (we prefer peace and quiet camping in nature)… BUT a great day at a lake with the kids is worth it! Not crowded at all. This is located in the Mt Hood Wilderness around Popular Timothy Lake. Buck lake is a perfect escape from populated lakes. Great water to swim and float around in!  Our 3 year old Daughter loved it and her papa was teaching her how to swim!

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