Explore the most popular hiking trails in Marquam Nature Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Easy to park, easy to find. Great little hike right outside of downtown.

Marquam Nature Park is a beautiful open space in southwest Portland accessible from Terwiliger Boulevard among other streets. This southern loop follows the Marquam Trail, Towhee Trail, Flicker Trail and Warbler Trail, starting on Terwiliger less than a quarter mile south of the turnoff for the hospitals on the hill. There is shoulder parking on both sides of the street including room for a few cars right by the trailhead. The path gains some elevation reaching about halfway up toward Council Crest. Trails continue to the summit and beyond to Washington Park for longer hikes. The hike up and back on the Warbler Trail on the southwest corner of the loop is optional for an additional workout. The scenery is very natural and beautiful, surprisingly so for being just outside downtown Portland. There can be a fair amount of traffic on the trail but not an overwhelming number of people.

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I have to admit that on a 85° day, 656 ft. elevation gain feels more like 1656 ft! Be that as it may, the trail is well maintained & has very few trip hazards. This day we found the sky at the top hazy so the view we were anticipating was somewhat subdued. Still, all 3 of us (2 humans, 1 dog) enjoyed the climb & felt satisfied we had accomplished something worthwhile. Not sure if we'll find a parking ticket on our car at Marquam Nature Park when we get back because we weren't able to complete the trek in 2 hrs with time for a rest & snack at the top. Council Crest is lovely & deserves sufficient time to enjoy.

This is a sweet trail if you like lush green forest. It’s nice that it is so close to town and yet does not feel like you’re in the city. We only did half, it’s a little strenuous for someone who is out of shape and somewhat challenging if you have difficulty walking.

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