West Linn Wildflower Hike at Camassia Nature Preserve

Oregon is rich in ecological diversity and is often intermixed within our urban regions. Tucked away in the city of West Linn, Oregon, a place of natural life and wonder exists at the Camassia Nature Preserve. Here you’ll find a bounty of wildflowers blooming from late April to June. One of the most eye-catching flowers includes the violet-blue Camas (Camassia Quamash), a native plant of the Pacific Northwest. Other flowers that adorn the meadows are the Rosy Plectritis and the Western Trillium.

Camas and Rosy Plectritis wildflowers. © The Wildside Society

I recommend this hike for families as the trail itself is easy, with very little gain, but still offers plenty to see. Boardwalks are intermittently placed along the path to protect the wetlands, but be advised some parts of the trail get muddy in the rainy season. The woodlands are filled with Oregon White Oak and the Pacific Madrone, adding to the magical feel of this unique terrain. On the eastern side of the trail loop, you will see Mount Hood in the distance as you look past Oregon City. Be on the lookout for wildlife like deer, hummingbirds, ducks and osprey.

Paige and her adventure babes. Shop this baby hiking pack. © The Wildside Society

Aside from the beautiful foliage, the landscape contains basalt rock formations which are the result of the Missoula Ice Age floods, occuring 12,000 – 19,000 years ago.

Look for Trillium along the shaded understory beneath the canopies. © The Wildside Society

Travel Tips

Please respect nature and leave no trace on your journey. Teach your children about ethical behavior outdoors so we can preserve and protect our planet’s remaining wild habitats. Click here to learn more about the 7 Principles of Leave No Trace. © The Wildside Society

Hope you get a chance to enjoy this sweet little destination! Leave a comment to share your experience.

With Love,

The Wildside Society

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