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A great little loop only a half mile from my house. I will be doing this trail alot in my future.

Pros: Great nature center, lots of trail options, education along the way.

Cons: Extremely high traffic, especially during program times, close proximity to parking and road in places.

Just moved here and decided to adventure through the area today. it was 84° outside but the ample trees made it feel like 75. I took the Redwood trail to the observation deck and then I saw signs for Pittock Mansion and decided to kill two adventures with one stone. the Redwood trail is super easy and beautiful. Once you get on to Wildwood trail is where you hit some incline. It's 1.3 miles from Redwood to the mansion. I went on a Friday at noon and it wasn't super crowded. i saw maybe 10 different groups the whole time which isn't crowded for a high traffic tourist location. if you take this route you do have to cross Burnside st by foot and the road is curved so be aware of the surroundings. I turned around after the mansion and finished the "1 hour loop" trail at Hoyt. the whole thing took about 2 hours and that was with stopping to take photos and see the wildlife (I saw lots of wild bunnies, a few species of very large spiders, and the last remnants of summer wildflowers) and I definitely stopped to stare upwards at the vastness of the trees a few times.

hiking
1 month ago

I like the variety this park offers. Lots of fir, cedar, oak, ash and a few large Ponderosa pines. Ponds and creeks with wildlife. The parking lot was full but the trails didn't feel crowded.

hiking
2 months ago

Trails level surfaces and well maintained so little risk of tripping when looking up at trees.

hiking
2 months ago

The hike was pretty nice, but the signs weren’t very helpful, and we were expecting to see at least some flowers from the reviews, but unfortunately didn’t see any. It was a pretty leisurely hike, however and the different trees with their labels was definitely a nice addition. All around worth the experience.

Good for a quick walk during week too crowded and structured if you’re looking for real nature. narrow paths

Grew up walking on these trails! Peaceful and beautiful

Instructions on app took us to middle of no where.

It's my first time and I love it. will come back!

Deep dark twisty woods leading down to a sweet little waterfall. Probably more impressive during the rainy season on account of the slow flow of water during the summer. This hike is a steep biznatch on the way back up, but it’s totally doable. There’s a picnic bench at the bottom of the hike by the waterfall, so I’d recommend bringing snacks or lunch and just enjoying your time. Or lay on the top of the table and stare into the trees like I did. Your choice. I’ll certainly repeat this hike during the winter.

Many options in the arboretum trail system and connects to the Wildwood Trail for many miles of hiking. Best in spring for flowers, but then can be muddy. Fall colors also can be spectacular. Parking can be a problem on a nice day.

Have done this and other trails in the park. Shady all the way. Parts can be muddy and slippery in the rainy season. Usually not very crowded considering it’s in a city.

I packed our one year old in the front pack, and our five, seven, and nine year olds hiked it. It is easy to go down, a little more difficult on the way up, our five year old complained the whole way back up. I would borderline suggest changing the difficulty level to a moderate just because of the uphill. The waterfalls were pretty small this time of year, it wasn’t a spectacular finish to the hike down but pretty. We had lunch at the picnic table at the end. We only passed a handful of people up and down, which made for a private hike which we did enjoy. I used the location set on this app to map the directions to the trail and it took us down some narrow old logging road. We finally were able to turn around and head back up the gravel road to turn on to the correct marked road to the Forest Service trail signs. There is no bathroom or any sort of station here, also we didn’t have any cell service, so plan accordingly.

3 months ago

Love it . Easy but beautiful

Easy hikes available for every age group

Great family hike. Its easy to miss the forest road turn off you need to take.

beautiful...Lots of trails.

Grew up hiking these trails as a kid in elementary school on field trips. A good easy hike for all ages! The suspension bridge is always fun too!

Trail is a little rough here and there . Hardly any water during late summer months . Be prepared to walk uphill most of the way back from the falls .

I want to hike here. Is this manageable for somebody with arthritis?

It was a beautiful place but way to many people for my liking. I go out to get away from people and the hustle and bustle of the city and if that’s what you’re looking for this isn’t it.

I took my walking group here on a very hot day, and had a delightful, easy, shady 3.8 mile walk. wish there were more trails like it!

Great hike with little kids. Spot on driving directions. Beautiful drive, too!

Fun great little place for a family stroll or a nice run. Nicely shaded too so it stays cool throughout most of the trails..
We started out early so it wasn't too many people yet. Parking lot was full by the time we were done after 9am on a Saturday.

trail running
3 months ago

I run this trail several times a week year round in combination with adjacent loops. One of the Crown Jewels in Portland’s Park System. Try connecting this to the Council Crest Park loop if you have time for a true “I heart PDX” workout!

This is a very nice walk for little legged or wheel bound kiddos as well as adults who are a little more unstable on their feet. THPRD has done a very good job trying to make you feel like you're in nature EXCEPT for the constant sounds of trains/max, busses, cars, etc. The trails are well maintained and clearly marked. The nature center and bathrooms are in good shape as well. I would recommend it to someone needing a quick walk/jog through the trees or an elderly person or person with young children mostly due to the paved trails and little to no incline... However, I don't think we will be returning as it is a bit too easy and close to city noise for my 8, 5, and 2yo preference as well as mine.

The trail was well kept. Only saw one other group while hiking. The waterfalls were well worth the drive to the trailhead. Downhill the entire way there and uphill back but not challenging.

Cute little park. Nicely maintained trails. Great for a quick hike in the city.

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