If you’re looking for a list of some great Portland hikes, look no further. We’ve got you covered with a list of the top trails in Forest Park, just west of downtown. All you need to do is lace up your boots and hit the trail!
1. Maple Trail
With autumn right around the corner, it’s only right that Maple Trail get mentioned first. This 2.6 mile trail twists and turns underneath towering red alders and bigleaf maples, transforming the whole area into a sea of crimson and yellow each fall.
2. Wildwood Trail
Accessed rom Washington Park, this paved trail is great for a leisurely stroll amongst the old-growth trees. There are lots of benches along the way so you can stop and admire the natural beauty. From Wildwood, you can also connect to Nature Trail, which offers up some ideal picnic spots. Spread out a blanket, open your Rainstorm wine, and you’ve got yourself a perfect afternoon!
3. Ridge Trail
This 2.8 mile out-and-back trail is best known for its insane views of St. John’s Bridge. The bridge is one of Portland’s most photographed features. Be prepared to climb, though. It’s downhill to start, then uphill to make it back to the trailhead. But trust us, it’s worth it.
4. Lower Macleay Trail
One of the most popular trails in Forest Park, don’t let the heavy foot traffic deter you. The 5-mile path showcases the amazing diversity of the park’s plantlife, with waterfalls and wooden bridges found along the way. And then there’s the old Stone House, which is actually an old Public Works building date from the 1930s. All that’s left is the stone framework, but nature has been slowly reclaiming it since the early 60s, giving it an eerily beautiful appearance.
5. Audubon Society Loop
Located off NW Cornell Road, a 150-acre reserve is home to more than 40 bird species. Miles of trails traverse the forest, offering glimpses of birds, birds, and – you guessed it – more birds. Pro tip: Don’t forget to pack your field guide, and make sure to stop in at the Wildlife Care Center to learn more about the local flora and fauna.
Portland is so much more than a big city. With Forest Park right next door, you can escape to the great outdoors using one of the Portland hikes above, or chart your own route. Wherever you’re headed, toast to your adventure with a glass of Rainstorm wine!