The Easy Hike In Portland That Will Bring Out The Adventurer In You
It’s nice to have an arsenal of favorite hikes around town so that things never get boring, and as far as shorter hikes go, this is one of the best in Portland. Clocking in at just under 3 miles, this trail is a trillium sanctuary in the spring and a perfectly Northwest scene every other season. Covered with moss, the lush forest is welcoming and beautiful, and the perfect place to spend some quiet time with nature.
Located in the middle of a 400-foot canyon, this 25-acre park is a gem in the city.
Tryon Creek runs through the park and its cascading water is one of the highlights.
Primarily a natural area, this is a great place to escape close to the city for a quiet hike.
It is also connected to Tryon Creek State Park, and you can cross a bridge into the park to continue on a longer hike if desired.
Donated to the city by F. C. and Addie Marshall in 1947, the park has been in operation since the 1950s.
While most of the park is a natural space, there is a new playground that is also a draw for parents with young children.
The main attraction here is nature, and you are going to get plenty of it on the out and back loop here.
While the trail is rated as moderate, it is on the easier end of this designation, but it does get quite muddy so be prepared with appropriate footwear.
Start your hike on the Marshall Park Trailhead on 12th or the Marshall Park Trailhead on 18th.
Head downhill towards the picnic area, and notice the series of cascades in the creek.
Cross a stone bridge and follow along downhill and the creek downstream, for a perfectly northwest jaunt in the forest.
In March and April, it is this area that is full of trilliums and a lovely place to enjoy the first of spring blooms.
Follow the loop around and head back on the same trail you came on to complete the out and back loop.
Bring your dog along on this one, just make sure he is leashed throughout the hike.
This lovely SW park is a great place to enjoy a balmy, wet Portland fall day. The bright greens of the forest will liven up any gray day.
Explore the birds and other wildlife that call these woods home, and have a perfectly northwest hike.
Have you been on this hike at Marshall Park? Tell us about it in the comments below.
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