Explore the most popular nature trips 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.

3 days ago

Love it . Easy but beautiful

3 days ago

Kicked my a** lol

Great hike when you're itching to go out, but don't have time to leave the city. Head on up see the famous view of Portland from Council Crest.

5 days ago

This is an exceptional option for urban hiking with some nature mixed in. Perfect for the rainy season, when the abundance of gravely and paved surfaces is much appreciated! You can easily extend this to a much longer hike by following the riverfront path to Sellwood or the South Waterfront.
The only downside (knocking this down to 4 stars) is the persistent smell of sewage on the area that parallels I-5.

Well maintained trail in the heart of PDX. I prefer early as the trail is open at 5 AM. Nice and quiet then.

Nice moderate hike. A good hill climb in the middle but mostly even through the rest. No views to speak of but you are deep in the woods. Very nice escape!

Great place to run trails in beautiful forested areas. The grass fields have TH markers to branch out in trails.

trail running
11 days ago

beautiful view. uphill, downhill, and flat terrain. easy to get to if you're in Portland. trail, stair, or road options. very dog friendly. usually occupied by a lot of other people. not a secluded area at all. great for all levels.

hiking
11 days ago

Great hike in the city.

Love this trail, perfect hiking place for a hot day.

Enjoyed this hike. Peaceful and beautiful

Nicely maintained trail. Beautiful view at the top.

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.

Great city park. Good for trail running.

nice and well marked simple and relaxing break from the city

Really great for a city trail. Good for trail running.

We only completed the loop portion of this trail. Quite beautiful trail itself with only glimpses of views. There were lots of trail runners and other hikers.

on River View Loop

hiking
17 days ago

Where else can you hike on a Sunday morning five miles from downtown Portland and see two other people? Don't go if spider webs freak you out. (I'm used to them in this area by now.) Biked from Sellwood Bridge down 43/SW Macadam/Riverside. Highway has a narrow paved shoulder but traffic was relatively mellow, ok for experienced adult riders. Trailhead is a bit tricky to spot; preview it on Google Streetview, then keep an eye out for the guardrail on the stream right after it.

one way small trails part of the way with a couple cross streets. overall wonderful with good incline!

its s bit confusing but will definitely be going back to explore everything else Around the area.

Was a bit Confusing but we will definitely be going Because there are many things to do around that area. We will be going back tomorrow to explore all the other areas we didn't get to explore today.

Powell Butte isn't my favorite park in the city, but it always surprises me when I go. It's easy to sum it (get it... summit) up as a "boring field on the top place"... but there is also a sizeable forest on the west and south sides. So in reality the park offers quite a bit of variety. Plus, having the open fields at the top affords more unobstructed views. Oh, and there are a few flowers [ahem millions] to boot (but don't kick them). I like all the ole wood fences around. The trails are marked well at all intersections. Mountain bikers frequent these trails, so watch out if you are hiking. Most everyone in Portland is pretty courteous on trails, so it's not really a big deal.

There are longer loops with more variety in the park, but this is the shortest and easiest path to the summit. There were tons of yellow flowers in the fields. It was hot, but I survived.

so beautiful

Took us 2 hr ... good one .

closed due to bridge reconstruction

Having just made the long drive to move to Portland from LA, my dogs and I were in desperate need of some time outdoors. This trail was perfect to meet some friendly people and let my dogs get a taste of their new city. Lots of families, runners, bikers, and fellow dog owners out on this nice 80-degree day. The trail is paved and leads to a large park with tennis courts and a playground. Plenty of parking at the trailhead near the Garden Home Rec Center. Easy as it’s level throughout and very clearly defined. Will definitely be back at least once a week for some quick exercise with the pups!

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