Wanderlust Wednesday: Bob & Crystal Rilee Park in Newberg, Oregon

March 13, 2019

This last weekend at the beach for the retreat was a DREAM, but it’s so good to be home!  I love the beach, but tucked into the Yamhill Valley wine country is where I really feel at home in the landscape.  Let’s celebrate this magical little corner of the universe we get to live in with another Wanderlust Wednesday!  This trail is one I stumbled over during one of those lazy spring afternoons driving around aimlessly, trying to get my kids to fall asleep in the car for a nap.  I really recommend hitting this trail in late spring, around mid-April to mid-May, when all of the clover fields are in bloom.  If it’s anything like last year, you’ll get a sea of crimson blooms around you as you hike!

Bob and Crystal Rilee Trail In Yamhill County - Kid friendly hike with a view and flower field

We didn’t hike too far on this trail, because, let’s face it, I’m at this one for the pictures!  But the view is incredible and the scenery is just perfection.  You’re up on the top of Parrett Mountain, just along the Chehalem Mountains in between Newberg and Sherwood.  It feels like the middle of nowhere and has a wonderful, slow, country feel.

Bob and Crystal Rilee Trail In Yamhill County - Kid friendly hike with a view and flower field

I hesitated to post this trail because I really haven’t explored it too thoroughly, but I think it’s a lesser known trail and really has so much potential!  The trail is meant mainly as an equestrian trail, so it’s wide, lumpy dirt along the edge of the fields, and narrower and more forested if you choose the outer trails.  And since it’s an equestrian trail, be aware of your surroundings, watch your step, and share the trails.

Bob and Crystal Rilee Trail In Yamhill County - Kid friendly hike with a view and flower field

This link here will give you the best directions to the park as well as a great trail map.  Definitely check out and print the directions before you head out, because cell service is spotty in that area and the GPS address will actually take you to the farmhouse rather than the trailhead.  Speaking of the trailhead, it’s a quiet little wooded corner (called Bob’s Corner) that is perfect for a picnic if you’re up driving in that area.

Picnic area on Parrett Mountain in Newberg wine country

(Look at how tiny those babies were!  This was the first time we went up there.  We hung around Bob’s Corner and explored a bit while we ate lunch.) The parts I explored of this trail are pretty kid-friendly.  It’s not a stroller-friendly trail, but a sure-footed toddler could walk the wide flat parts just fine.  Because the clover was in bloom, there were quite a few bees busy with the plants, but we stayed away from the plants themselves and were just fine.

Bob and Crystal Rilee Trail In Yamhill County - Kid friendly hike with a view and flower field

Did you check out this Parrett Mountain trail yet?  Tell me about it in the comments!

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  1. Ashley k

    March 19th, 2019 at 1:22 am

    Wow this place looks amazing!!! Love all the flowers!

  2. Mandy Provan

    March 19th, 2019 at 6:56 am

    What a fabulous discovery! That trail looks awesome and those red flowers……<3 <3

  3. theresa goodwin

    July 31st, 2019 at 6:45 pm

    I’m in Newberg and have been struggling to find trails. So far I’ve hit all your Newberg trails. There’s a short one that connects the hospital to the Greens. It features a bridge and one short steep climb that is actually really pretty. There is also a short hike behind Friendsview manor. It has a bridge, benches and asphalt trail (probably for the residents). There is a trail from the top of Roger’s landing down tot he park. Its steep with some switchbacks. I haven’t finished exploring down there to see if there are more trails on top of the parking lot. My guess is there would be. Thanks for the beautiful pictures! I added some pics of my trails (and these ones) on #newbergoutdoors

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