Walk #12: Portland Heights to Park Blocks and Goose Hollow Loop

We actually did this walk the other way around:  Park Blocks and Goose Hallow to Portland Heights.  This was the only walk in the book where the author has you start at the high point of the walk and do your downhill first.  The reason for this is parking, but we really like doing our walks the other way around.  We decided to ride our bikes so we didn’t have to worry about parking and do the 3 mile loop from the low point.

This was the walk we had been trying to fit into our Wednesday walk, but ended up doing it Friday morning instead.  This meant that Anthony could join us, as it was his Friday off.  We did also have limited time for it, as Fridays were my early day for work due to our weekly meetings, so it being a shorter walk was good.

We rode the 3.5 miles or so to the downtown park blocks and parked near the art museum.


This walk is an old stomping grounds sort of walk for us, as, when Davan was born, we lived very near here.  I was going to school at Portland State University, which we walk through at the end of this walk.

We knew we’d be in an area with food possibilities, so we each had a piece of fruit before we went and figured on picking up breakfast in the form of maybe bagels along the way.

We headed out.  When Anthony is with us, sometimes we notice different things.  Here he and Davan are checking out the stone work.


We had our share of stairs.


One set of stair cases took us right into this person’s driveway.


There were construction signs on the stairs, but we opted to take them anyway, as they seemed passable.  One set took us pretty much through a couple of front yards.


However, after climbing most of the stairs, we ran into the construction.  They’re working on the stairs for safety, which is great, but it meant we had to go all the way back down and find a way around. This we did, finding streets to take us to the top of the stairs.

Near the highest point of this walk (which was half way up to Council Crest, and, thus, there was still a lot of hill above us), was a lot for sale.


Unless we put a tent on it, which the neighbors might frown on, it would be in need of stilts to be buildable.

The path back down involved yet more stairs.  We came out by this structure:

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This, according to our book, is an authentic ruin.  I was a brick gate house for a city reservoir which is no longer there.

Soon after this, we joined back up to the park blocks, on their opposite end.  Right at the start is a small playground, where we used to take Davan when she was a baby.


We were meant to just continue straight through the park blocks, but we detoured off to go to a Pho place I’d noticed on a nearby corner.  We never had found our bagels and we were all hungry.  Davan didn’t think she’d make it riding back up the hill without sustenance.

The Pho was good, but not the best we’ve ever had.  It certainly filled us up and we were ready to move on.  We came across this test garden on the edge of PSU.

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We explored for a bit, but I was feeling like I really needed to get going to get to work on time, so we moved on.  We went back to the park blocks, moving through the PSU campus.


At the food cart area (there were food carts there when I was a student, too, but they’ve changed in the 14 years since then), there was a cart with Arabic writing.  Davan was very excited.


Finishing our stroll though the park blocks:

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We got back to the bikes with just enough time for me to ride directly to work.


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