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.