When you descend into Congdon Park you feel like you have entered a remote gorge. Cliffs of reddish billion-year-old volcanic rock surround you and waterfalls make all other noise disappear.
Yet, the park is located smack-dab in the middle of a residential neighborhood.
It is awe-inspiring.
Every. Single. Time.
Our family has enjoyed the park many times, but its natural beauty strikes me anew each time.
Not long ago, the kids and I hiked along the 1.5-mile trail that hugs Tischer Creek.
Imagine the sense of calm we all felt as we paused to take in this natural water feature.
Now take a moment to listen to what we heard.
Aside from the spectacular imagery and sounds, what makes this spot really interesting are the many stone staircases and bridges that crisscross over the creek.
I was reminded of a hike Finley and I took here last year when she had just turned 3. The highlight for her was getting close enough to a waterfall to reach out and touch it.
After, she stopped each hiker we passed to say, “You can roll up your sleeves and touch the waterfall.” She even yelled the idea down to people in the gorge once we had ascended to the top. When hikers with a dog passed, she suggested that they could let their dog touch the waterfall too. All of the hikers were gracious and thanked her for her advice.
A year later and it is just as enticing!
A Few Tips: The trailhead is located at Superior Street and 32nd Avenue East (you can park along 32nd). We found the hiking path between Superior and 4th Street to be easy to navigate. However, once we crossed 4th Street it became much more rugged. I’m guessing the trail was damaged in the 2012 flood. There is a newly paved bike trail that runs parallel, but it is further away from the creek.
Have you been to Condgon Park? Share your experiences in the comment box below. Thanks!
You may also be interested in hiking at Bagley Nature Area.