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Pipeline or Trestle Trail

At the end of S. 12th St. downtown, a lovely getaway spot to see the Pipeline Rapids up close and, in season, catch Great Blue Herons nesting in their riverview rookery. There’s parking for only a few cars, but the overlooks are worthy and, if you don’t mind climbing down a metal ladder and walking on the pipeline, the walk is an unexpected treat in the middle of a city. Of course, pay attention to water levels for safety’s sake. Parking for 7 cars.