Macleay Park Hike to "Witches Castle"

If you are looking for a short hike that is dog and kid friendly with great views, this is for you! Macleay Park is a beautiful lush trail right outside of the city in Portland. There is plenty of street parking for the trail beside the Audubon Society. You can type directions into Maps for "Macleay Park" or "Audubon Society of Portland". 
We went hiking on a cool, sunny day in Spring. This long sleeve top was perfect without me having to wear a jacket. The Starla Polka Dot Top has stripes, polka dots, and a sequin pocket. It looks great with denim or dress it up with a skirt! The black, white, grey, and gold coloring match well with everything. The Starla Top is just $40 with FREE shipping. 
If you are facing the Audubon Society with the street to your back, go right around the building and follow the trail. You will come to the trailhead with this sign that says "Wildwood Trail". Take a left at this sign for the trail we did down the mountain to the creek and Witches Castle. If you go right you can do the hike up to Pittock Mansion.
The trail is so lush and everything was blossoming since we went in the spring. A great item that we brought along is "50 Hikes with Kids: Oregon and Washington". This hike is the very first one listed in the book. It's got a visual scavenger hunt listed for each trail and educational information. I grabbed the book for $12 on Amazon.
The creek is beautiful and pretty much runs the length of the trail. If you'd like to stick your feet in, it's pretty shallow and there are a few entry points to throw rocks. So just plan to wear water shoes or hiking sandals if you want to play in the water. 
The story of the building is an interesting read. An angry father betrayed by his daughter eloping with a servants son. The father murdered his son in law and became the first man  to be legally executed in Oregon in 1859. You can read the full story here:
www.atlasobscura.com/places/the-witches-castle-portland-oregon 
Im not sure why they call it a castle, since it's actually a really small building, but it's a house of stone in the middle of the forest and there's something mysterious about it. It's a shame that some peopl have decided to put graffiti on it, but there are still areas without.
We turned around and headed back up at the castle, so total hike was a little less than a mile. If you have the All Trails App, this one is listed as "Wildeood Trail and Lower Macleay Trail".
You are beautiful, You are strong, You are smart, so dress like it.
Love, Liv & Rory

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