Two days after the 2015 summer solstice (and Father’s Day
) I went on an unusual and special trip. Somehow I had gotten the idea to take public transportation from the southern end of Portland’s TriMet
service area at Wilsonville Station
all the way to Timberline Lodge,
halfway up the 11,249-foot Mount Hood,
the highest peak in Oregon.
The exact distance between these two points depends on how you measure it. As the crow flies, it is about 53 miles from Wilsonville Station to Timberline Lodge. Even though I am a Byrd, I am not a crow, so my route was going to be longer.
The driving distance along I-5, I-205, Oregon Route 212
and U.S. Route 26
is about 69 miles, which should take around 90 minutes, depending, as always, on the traffic.
For this day’s outing, I wanted to try something completely different
by eschewing American overdependence on the automobile and taking mass transit to an extreme. Although Mount Hood is awesome, for my purposes the trip there and back was the main attraction. It had to be, because each 96-mile one-way journey took four
To get from Wilsonville
to Mount Hood, I had to take four different vehicles — two trains and two buses — which I caught in four different towns in the Portland metro area
— Wilsonville, Beaverton, Gresham
During the eight hours of public transit to and from Mount Hood, I took a total of 52 pictures which document what I saw along the way. The best 27 can be found in this album. Most of them are shots of the numerous works of public art
on display at many of Portland’s mass transit stations.
For the pictures I took during my four-hour visit to Mount Hood, see the Mount Hood Summer Solstice 2015