Explore the most popular kid friendly trails near Portland with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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hiking
2 days ago

This was my first time in Forest Park and I thought that the parking lot by the audubon society and nature store was the official place to begin all the trails....it's not. The trails that take off from the nature store/gift shop are just a short loop that never take you out of earshot of the highway. Jay trail is the "large" loop in this system (there is also Woodpecker trail and Wren trail that cut across the loop). The Jay trail does not connect with the greater trails of Forest Park (like Wildwood trail). It's a closed system.

That being said, if you have small kids (I passed a boy scout troupe), this is a great trail. Easy, wide, access to a small pond, a few wooden bridges, etc. Note that dogs are not allowed on these loop trails, even if they're leashed. Not really sure why, but there was a sign about it.

So if you're looking for a trail that really puts you in the woods and away from people for several miles...this isn't it. Otherwise, it's a great trail for kids.

Was a nice place,easy to walk because it’s flat.

trail running
2 days ago

This is a nice trail. I stayed at a nearby hotel and ran to the trail. It’s flat with nice views of the Columbia and Mount Hood. There were a few homeless people around; just mentioning that because of the reviews below.

7 days ago

Amazing place. Went yesterday, they’re decorating for Christmas. It is going to be amazing, wish I was going to be here. This is maintained by Servite Monks and is a prayerful place. If you aren’t into Jesus, Mary and Joseph go somewhere else. I almost didn’t stop here because it’s such a short trail. I am so glad I did. Spent an hour and a half going going through the Rosary Garden and the Stations of the Cross, as well as the Meditation Chapel on the top. Absolutely stunning view of (I’m guessing) Mt Hood. May go back tonight after dark, just to see it lit up!

We loved that this trail was dog friendly, we went with our brother and sister in law and had a blast with our pups, we did wish it was a little longer though but it had a great location and went and had lunch afterwards since we were so close to everything!
It did have a great view at the top overlooking Portland!

Hiked on Nov 8. Bathrooms at TH, no parking fee, parked on Thurman and walked down stairs next to the bridge. First section of the trail is beautiful, serene, canopied forest that wanders next to Baluch Creek. Continue straight at Stone House...trail has a few turns where it’s best to check your navigation because it is not well-marked up to Pittock Mansion. After you cross CORNELL Rd, you will hear traffic the rest of the way. Slight ascend, dense forest, and beautiful scenic views of P-town are your reward.

trail running
11 days ago

It's hard to imagine a better running trail for anyone interested in aviation, as there are many great views on planes in the air and in the ground.

Forest Park is beautiful and convenient for a nature escape if you live in or are visiting Portland. There is usually heavy traffic on trails until you hike further out. If your looking for solitude plan on hiking for a while but never the less a beautiful park!

trail running
13 days ago

Great little trail tucked away in a patch of woods! Pretty steady incline one way and decline on the way back. It’s not a very long trail but perfect for a quick hike or run!

Great way to start the day!

walking
17 days ago

It was a nice fall stroll.

hiking
18 days ago

Parking for 5-6 vehicles (as long as people aren’t selfish) at the end of 103rd Ave. Walk up 103rd, it’s a closed road, to the trailheads. 2 homeless camp sites, 1 active and 1 just the discarded filth.

2 vehicles there when I arrived. Saw one person on the trails at very beginning. The other vehicle the people were sitting there when I arrived and still sitting in there when I left.

The hike itself was good. Very chill. It smelled like the forest and felt like it in spots. Constant city sounds (205, sirens, construction). But I like that there are a lot of trails, it’s fairly desolate and it’s in the city.

Cons: the neighborhood you drive through isn’t fantastic, randoms just chilling in their cars for no reason and the reminder that you are in the city and yes homelessness still exists. (Sorry if that sounds judgmental, I hike to recenter and disconnect from my every day)

A great resource that is close by with good covered canopy trails South, West and North sides, open Meadow trails near the summit, Dog friendly my dog loves it there, well-marked Trail Junctions with maps. Good rain runoff in the ravines in canopied area draining into Johnson Creek.
Good short hike without the long drive.

24 days ago

Beautiful in the fall! We didn’t see one person and the birds were chirping. Be careful on the wooden steps as they are very slippery.

great trail, but I ended up parking at Firelane 15 (about half a mile before the trailhead) because I couldn't easily find the start to this trail. I hiked Firelane 15 (blue trail on the left, on the map) until it connected to Skyline, and then just looped around from there. It took me an hour and a half hiking at a steady pace. Pretty empty (I went on a Tuesday at 3:30), and peaceful. Good signage.

I'm only saying three stars because I'm not sure I'd necessarily use this trail again. It was easy to navigate, a little steep in some spots. There weren't a lot of exceptional scenic notes, although the trees themselves are pretty enough to look at. It was fun to wander the mansion grounds, though.

Great hike. There’s a bit of an incline at certain points but otherwise it’s manageable. At the top is an old mansion with some great views of the City.

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

Nice flat trail well marked with tons of birds and few people.

Very beautiful. Not too many people for a gorgeous Sunday afternoon. I want to go back and walk all the way through to the riverfront.

Nice walk on a beautiful day. Lots of steps to test your heart! Where’s the advertised volcano?

on River View Loop

hiking
1 month ago

The north east trail section (0.2) does not exist.
It was decommissioned about three years ago.
Nonetheless it is a great network; but very steep and semi-technical in places.

It’s a good day hike. A good hike to do with friends as an alternative to a coffee date to catch up on life. It took me a couple hours to do and it’s nice because there are bathrooms at the top

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.

Have been going here since the 60s.
wasn't so crowded then.
funny they named the old bathrooms the Witches Castle.
Still, love this trail when not crowded.

Beautiful trail. Definitely recommend hiking poles, it was a little slippery at some places. Watch out for a steep incline almost half way through the trail.

Beautiful trail. Very easy to follow. Great hike near the city.

nice trail but is not mountain biking friendly

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