The dry weather of the last few days has made this a great time to visit Albany’s Simpson Park trail, whether on foot or on a fat-tire bike.
In the afternoon sunshine of Friday, I found the trail carpeted with fallen leaves, making for a particularly pleasant ride. All that carpeting might hide the occasional root or hole, but I didn’t hit either.
The path runs through the woods between the Willamette River and First Lake. The area has been notorious for homeless camps, but they presumably are out of sight, hidden from the main path. In any event, I didn’t see any camps, or any people on the path or off.
From several segments of the 1.2-mile trail, you have a good view of the river, running low and slow this time of year, and on this afternoon devoid of boats.
In case you don’t know, you reach the trail via the north end of Waverly Drive and the parking lot that serves Simpson Park and the Talking Water Gardens.
Waverly Drive past the wastewater treatment plant is where part of a major sewer construction project has been taking place. The work there seems to be mostly finished. But even though there was no activity or traffic, flaggers were deployed at both ends of the construction site on Friday afternoon. They let me through without delay.
Now, with standard time returning on Sunday morning, in coming months there will be less time for afternoon recreation outdoors. But still, on a glorious autumn day like Friday, the Simpson Park trail is worth a visit when you want to feel like you’re out in nature while remaining close to town. (hh)