Hoyt Arboretum

Portland metro Hikes

Forest Park in Portland Oregon

Forest Park, is an urban wilderness study in contrasts.

Portland is a lovely city with some of the most beautiful parks in the world. Of course, we might be biased.

The downside of Forest Park is its overuse. Located in the northwest hills on the West side of town, Forest Park has more than 70 miles of trails that connect some of its highest profile tourist spots (e.g., Pittock Mansion, Washington Park, Hoyt Arboretum, the Japanese Gardens, and the Oregon Zoo). It also forms a substantial stretch of the 40-Mile Loop that encompasses the Portland Metro area.

Because it contains more than 5000 acres of urban forest, it is also home to dozens of varieties of birds, plants, and trees. The trails range from short, highly accessible paths suitable for anyone to moderately challenging trails for hikers, many of which are ideal for winter conditioning when the winter closes many hiking trails in the Coast Range, the Columbia River Gorge, and the Cascades. There are also trails designated for equestrian and bicycle use.

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Permits & Passes: No fees.

Distance: Variable depending on trail. Most trailheads are marked with good maps that show various hiking options.

Elevation gain: Variable.

Level of difficulty: Easy to moderate.

Season: Year around.

Forest Park is located in the West Hills of Portland. Most of the park is on a northwest to southeast access with multiple points of entry. It's possible to take MAX or Tri-Met buses to different parts of the city and avoid driving a car altogether. See the links below for maps and transit schedules.

Find current trail at Portland Parks and Recreation including:


Related links

Portland Parks & Recreation

Forest Park Conservancy

40-Mile Loop — interconnected trail system that encompasses much of the Portland Metro area.

Tri-Met and MAX — Information and schedules for Portland Metro mass transit.