Oregon Day Hikes
Downtown Portland Attractions
Visitors without a car may ride the MAX Light Rail system from downtown to the Washington Park station and hike to the arboretum. This horticultural center satisfies novice and expert hikers alike. It is a 187-acre refuge featuring more than 1,000 tree species along with 21 trails covering 12 miles. Topography includes hill, glen, meadow and forest elements. There are several hiking routes and no bad choices!
4000 SW Fairview Blvd.
This 2.4-mile trail loop, while visible from the highway, offers multi-sensory rewards including waterfalls (upper and lower), plunge pools, wildflowers, and pedestrian bridges. It is an ideal spot to seek relief on a warm summer day. For directions and parking information, check out the website at www.fs.fed.us/r6/columbia.
Ecola State Park to Indian Beach
This easy, single-track 3-mile round-trip trail makes its way through spruce and hemlock with intermittent peeks at the Pacific Ocean. Ultimately it emerges from the forest where hikers can then rejoice in the panorama of sea and shore. Tillamook Rock Lighthouse, situated one mile offshore is also visible. Migrating whales may be spotted in spring. The path ends at Indian Beach, a haven for surfers and beach lovers alike. Perfect for continued walking!