High-traffic, well-maintained trail in dense, lush forest in the city of Portland. Lots of runners and families. Away from development and street noise, quiet and peaceful. Facilities include bathrooms and maps. Great loop for showing guests the native habitat.
This is a cool park for running because of the challenging aspect of the hill and the switchbacks. The first time I ran up to the butte I felt like my legs would fall off but of course that made them stronger for next time. My dog loves to walk the trails as well. Bring you own water as there is none in the park. If you have some extra time explore the area and head over to Stevens meadows and walk/run through the meadow as well. If at the end of the day you have some extra time , go up to the palisades crest entrance at the time of sunset and see the sun set over the valley in a magnificent manner
This is a great escape for short little walks in the forest. The greatest advantage of this park is that it is so close to the city. My dog loves to go and walk the numerous trails within the park. The farther from the nature center you get, the less people you will see. From past experience I would recommend looking at a map online and parking at one of the more southern parking areas rather than at the nature center. This would be a good walk/hike for those not looking to do a long or strenuous hike but rather to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.
This was our 2nd time here. We hiked half hour out and back the first time mostly just off the Equestrian trail. this time we took the main trail and also the side trails which are fun and keep it from getting boring or feeling like a city trail. Dog friendly. Saw lots of runners on this trail too. The law school is just off this trail. Great for a day 'easy' hike.