Portland is a hiker’s paradise. With countless vista views, miles and miles of urban forests, and a whole lot of quiet peace, there is a trail for everyone in the city. If you love hiking like the next Portlander, these are the 10 must-hike trails that you need to check out before your time is up. Ranging from just 2 miles to nearly 10, this list has something for every fitness level, but the bottom line is that these are 10 of best hikes you can have without ever leaving the city.
1. Powell Butte
Nine miles of trails spread throughout its 612 acres makes this scenic area a great place to commune with nature. Take the Powell Butte Loop hike around the 4.3-mile perimeter of the park for a set of stunning mountain views.
2. Mt Tabor
Located in SE Portland, Mt Tabor is an extinct volcano that now is home to a wonderful park. Take the 3.3-mile Blue Trail to navigate the entire park, the summit, and the reservoirs.
3. Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge
Take the loop around the park for an easy 2.3-mile hike through the wetland that is home to a diverse array of birds.
4. Tryon Creek State Park
Notable as the only state park in the city, Tryon Creek is a nature lovers paradise. Take the 5.7-mile outer loop for a great overview of all the park has to offer.
5. Forest Park
This urban forest is packed with over 80 miles of trails on its sprawling 5,200 acres. Try the 8.2-mile Maple Loop Trail for a moderate hike, or tackle a portion of the famed 30-mile Wildwood Trail.
6. Council Crest
One of the highest points in Portland, the Council Crest hike has views for days. Take the 3.3-mile trail from Marquam Nature Park to the summit and enjoy the forested views on the way up.
7. Smith and Bybee Lakes
A 2.1-mile paved trail makes this North Portland park accessible, and the wetlands are a natural home for eagles, turtles, and herons, making the trek lively and noteworthy.
8. Washington Park
Sure, you may get sidetracked with all the other attractions in the park, but if you make it through the 3.9-mile loop that surrounds the park, you will enjoy an easy hike that takes you through forested areas and past several points of interest such as statues and monuments.
9. Pittock Mansion Hike
Connected to Washington Park and Forest Park via the Wildwood Trail, this hike will lead you to one of the most scenic views in the city. Reach the 5-mile trail from Macleay Park and stroll through the amazing forests to reach the summit.
10. Wapato Greenway
Head out to Sauvie Island for this easy 2.2-mile trail and keep an eye out for beavers and waterfowl along the river.