Gardens and Forests
Columbia River Gorge
(about 30 miles + outside of Portland)
See all of the possible hikes: http://www.nwhiker.com/gorge1.html
Portlanders’ favorite half day or full day hikes in the Gorge
Mt. Hood National Forest
(70 miles outside Portland)
Paradise Park: A delightful wildflower meadow lies about five miles west of Timberline Lodge via the Pacific Crest Trail. The route dips in an out of several of the southwest side’s big glacial stream canyons.
Mirror Lake: One of the busiest trails in the Mount Hood forest, this hike begins on the south side of U.S. 26 about one mile west of Government Camp. It leads to a lake that reflects Mount Hood, as well as to open slopes covered with tasty huckleberries in late August/early September.
Elk Meadows: The trail features views of Mt. Hood and wildflowers July through August.
Nature Trails & Hiking Destinations
Hoyt Arboretum Loop – A scenic loop hike through the northern portion of Washington Park, centered around the Hoyt Arboretum. 4.7 miles, NW Portland
Oak Island – Seasonal hike through the Sauvie Island Wildlife Area, open from mid-April through September. 2.8 miles, Sauvie Island
Smith and Bybee Lakes – A paved trail through the Smith and Bybee Lakes Wetlands Natural Area, home of painted turtles, eagles, herons and more.
2.1 miles, N Portland
Kelley Point Park – Easy walk along beach and paved trails at the point where the Willamette and Columbia Rivers converge. 1.7 miles, N Portland
Oaks Bottom – Loop hike around the Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge – a wetland, meadow and forest complex that is home to a great diversity of birds.
2.3 miles, SE Portland
Washington Park Loop – A hike through Washington Park, on dirt trails and sidewalks past some of Portland’s best attractions.
3.9 miles, SW Portland
Other Iconic Places in Portland
The world’s largest Independent Bookstore
1005 w. Burnside St., Portland
22 SW 3rd Avenue, Portland
Portland Japanese Gardens
611 SW Kingston Avenue, Portland
A Little Further Out
Places to Camp Close to Portland
Reserve Ahead of time!
L.L. “Stub” Stewart State Park
Nestled in the foothills of the Northern Oregon Coast Range, just 24 miles (55 km) east of Portland.
Oxbow Regional Park
There’s no better place to play on a hot summer day than the cool, clear waters of the federally designated Wild & Scenic Sandy River. Located 25 miles (40 km) east of downtown Portland.
Have Time to Travel to The Oregon Coast?
Situated on a sand spit between the Pacific Ocean and Netarts Bay, Cape Lookout State Park provides unparalleled beach access and ocean views 85 miles (137 km) west of Portland.
Nearly 10 miles of trails are available to hikers throughout Ecola State Park , situated between Cannon Beach and Seaside.
Numerous trails offer something for everyone on and around Cascade Head . Attractions include colorful wildflowers, barking sea lions, windswept meadows, old-growth forest, and breathtaking ocean views.