The Rhododendron Garden is located on 28th Avenue, across from Reed College in the Eastmoreland neighborhood.
This is more of a walk than a hike but it’s still a nice place to go to get outdoors for a while.
From the entrance take the paved path and switchback once where you go under a bridge and come to a pond. There are lots of ducks here and sadly it looks like the big willow tree that was by the bridge didn’t make it through the winter storms. Continue on the path and you will round a corner and start to see the golf course across the water. The path here is gravel and takes you to another pond with even more ducks, you may even see a nutria if you have the patience to hang around for a while.
After crossing the long bridge go left and down along the pond, pick up the path as it goes back up into the rhododendrons. There will be a fence and stream to your left and a grassy area to your right. As you continue to follow this trail it will round a corner and come to an area with cattails and reeds, you can see more of the golf course across the water here as well. Continuing around you’ll be following along the water as it loops back to the long bridge. From here just continue to follow the path back to your car. There are lots of side trails along the way to check out, the garden is beautiful and a great place to explore.
Some of the birds we saw were herons, ruddy ducks, mallards, humming birds, geese, coots, wigeons, and wood ducks.
Distance: 2 miles (you can do more or less, depends on which trails you take)
Pet Friendly: Yes but dogs must be leashed
Good For: All ages
Parking Fee: $5 entrance fee from March- September, except every Mon & Tues are free year round.
Overall: Great place for wildlife viewing, we need to go back during rhododendron season.