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One City's Wilderness: Portland's Forest Park

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Situated in the rugged hills west of Portland, Oregon, Forest Park is one of the largest urban parks in the world and the only city wilderness park in the United States. The park is home to hundreds of native plants and animals and offers more than eighty miles of trails--all within minutes of downtown Portland.

This updated and expanded edition of One City's Wilderness provides directions to twenty-nine hikes of varying length, difficulty, and scenery, covering every trail ...

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Overview


Situated in the rugged hills west of Portland, Oregon, Forest Park is one of the largest urban parks in the world and the only city wilderness park in the United States. The park is home to hundreds of native plants and animals and offers more than eighty miles of trails--all within minutes of downtown Portland.

This updated and expanded edition of One City's Wilderness provides directions to twenty-nine hikes of varying length, difficulty, and scenery, covering every trail within the 5,100-acre park. Each hike is illustrated with a new, full-color map, and a fold-out, full-color map of the entire park is included inside the back cover.

Marcy Houle shares the history of Forest Park, introduces the people who fought to preserve it, and explores the role stewards play today. She describes the park's critical wildlife corridor, its exceptional watersheds, and important native interior forest habitat. She encourages people of all ages to take an "All Trails Challenge"--learning about the unique nature of the park by exploring every trail. The book also includes bird, plant, and mammal checklists and eighty-four color photographs of native plants and birds.

For its recreational and educational opportunities as well as its extraordinary natural beauty, Forest Park is unquestionably America's premier urban forest. One City's Wilderness, in its updated third edition, continues to be the authoritative, complete guide to Portland's greatest natural resource.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780870715884
  • Publisher: Oregon State University Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2010
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 777,757
  • Product dimensions: 9.24 (w) x 11.40 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Meet the Author


Marcy Cottrell Houle is the author of Wings for My Flight, which received an Oregon Book Award and a Christopher Award, and The Prairie Keepers: Secrets of the Zumwalt, a New York Times Earth Day Selection and an Oregon Book Award Finalist. She lives on Sauvies Island, Oregon.

Erik Goetze is a Portland web designer, cartographer, and panoramic photographer who has designed maps for several books, including The Northwest Nature Guide, Portland Forest Hikes, and the award-winning Walk There!

Erik Goetze created the maps included in One City's Wilderness. He is a Portland web designer, cartographer, and panoramic photographer who has designed maps for several books, including The Northwest Nature Guide, Portland Forest Hikes, and the award-winning Walk There!

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Third Edition 11

Acknowledgements 13

Introduction 16

History 19

Geology 27

The Watersheds of Forest Park 31

Vegetation 35

Plant Checklist 42

Plants of Forest Park 48

Wildlife 56

Mammals Checklist 61

Birds Checklist 64

Birds of Forest Park 69

Trails of Forest Park 75

Introduction 76

How to Use the Maps 80

All Trails Challenge 82

Hikes by Distance 85

All Trails of Forest Park 86

Wildwood Trail 89

Hike One Wildwood Trail, Hoyt Arboretum to Macleay Park 92

Hike Two Wildwood Trail, Macleay Park to Firelane 1 98

Hike Three Wildwood Trail, Firelane 1 to NW Saltzman Road 104

Hike Four Wildwood Trail, NW Saltzman Road to NW Springville Road 109

Hike Five Wildwood Trail, NW Springville Road to NW Germantown Road 116

Hike Six Wildwood Trail, NW Germantown Road to NW Newton Road 120

Hike Seven Wildwood Trail, NW Newton Road to NW Newberry Road 124

Hike Eight Tunnel Trail and Trails South of Cornell Road 128

Hike Nine Holman Lane, Wildwood Trail, and Birch Trail Loop 132

Hike Ten Lower Firelane 7A (Gas Line Road), Wildwood Trail, Ridge Trail, and Leif Erikson Drive Loop 136

Hike Eleven Lower and Upper Macleay Trails Loop 141

Hike Twelve Wild Cherry Trail, Leif Erikson Drive, Dogwood Trail, and Wildwood Trail Loop 171

Hike Thirteen Dogwood Trail, Leif Erikson Drive, Alder Trail, Wildwood Trail, and Keil Trail Loop 152

Hike Fourteen Wildwood Trail, Chestnut Trail, and Nature Trail Loop 156

Hike Fifteen Maple Trail and Wildwood Trail Loop 161

Hike Sixteen Firelane 15, Firelane 12, BPA Road, and Wildwood Trail Loop 167

Hike Seventeen Trillium Trail, Wildwood Trail, and Firelane 7 Loop 172

Hike Eighteen Firelane 9, Linnton Trail, Firelane 10, and Wildwood Trail Loop 176

Hike Nineteen Newton Road, Wildwood Trail, Firelane 10, and Cannon Trail Loop 182

Hike Twenty Ridge Trail, Firelane 7, Hardesty Trail, and Leif Erikson Drive Loop 187

Hike Twenty-One Lief Erikson Drive, NW Thurman Street to NW Saltzman Road 192

Hike Twenty-Two Lief Erikson Drive, NW Saltzman Road to NW Germantown Road 200

Hike Twenty-Three BPA Road, Newton Road, and Wildwood Trail Loop 206

Hike Twenty-Four BPA Road and Firelanes 13 and 13A 211

Hike Twenty-Five Firelanes 1, 2, and 3, Wildwood Trail, Maple Trail, and Nature Trail Loop 216

Hike Twenty-Six Firelane 5, Leif Erikson Drive, Cleator Trail, Wildwood Trail, and Saltzman Road Loop 221

Hike Twenty-Seven Tolinda Trail, Springville Road, Wildwood Trail, and Waterline Trail Loop 227

Hike Twenty-Eight Lower Firelane 1, Wildwood Trail, Chestnut Trail, and Leif Erikson Loop 233

Hike Twenty-Nine Hoyt Arboretum 238

Bridge to the Future 244

Bibliography 248

Index 250

About the Author 255

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