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.
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.
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.
- Camassia Nature Preserve – Google Map Location
- Parking is limited as the trailhead begins at the end of Walnut Street, a quiet residential area.
- Passes: None. If you are feeling generous, a donation box for The Nature Conservancy is present at the trailhead. They are a wonderful organization who works to protect and maintain this habitat as well as many other natural spaces.
- Pets: Sorry, no pups allowed.
- Facilities: None The nearest public restroom is at the Sunset Park (0.8 mi away).
- Best Nearby Coffee Shop: I recommend the Singer Hill Cafe in Oregon City. It even has a local artist’s gallery and a living plant wall inside. Directions from the nature preserve to Singer Hill.
- Nearest Airport: Portland International (PDX)
Hope you get a chance to enjoy this sweet little destination! Leave a comment to share your experience.
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