Portland Offers Great Access to Wooded Trails

Is there any city in America that has easier access to the outdoors than Portland?

I visited over President’s Day Weekend and hit the trail for three exceptional hikes near downtown. It was easy to take public transportation to reach each trailhead.

Among the hikes:

  • Marquam Trail to Council Crest: Climbing through a rain-foresty wooded ravine to one of Portland’s best viewpoints atop 1,073-foot Marquam Hill. You can see three volcanoes from Council Crest.
  • Mount Tabor: Just east of downtown, check out this park with miles of trails winding through old-growth forest on the flanks of old volcano. It tops out at 636 feet, offering great views of the downtown skyline from the summit.
  • Wildwood Trail through Hoyt Arboretum: This exceptional hike takes in the best of Washington Park and Hoyt Arboretum. You’ll see old-growth forests, get the occasional view of the city and stretch your legs out for nearly five miles.
Council Crest atop Marquam Hill offers exceptional views.
Hikers head into the ravine on Marquam Hill.
Mount Tabor Park is built on top of an old volcano.
Hikers hit the Wildwood Trail in Hoyt Arboretum.

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