You can't visit Portland without taking a hike in one of America's premier city parks, Forest Park! Our hike will take approximately two hours at a moderate pace with plenty of opportunities to pause for photos and to enjoy the views. We'll cross wooden bridges, look for native plants, and keep a watchful eye open for great blue herons, hummingbirds, and woodpeckers. Come alone, bring a friend, and make some new ones on this friendly hike! I'll tell you a little about the history of the park, Native Americans who lived here, and how everything changed when Lewis & Clark showed up 200 years ago. I look forward to walking with you - we'll have a great time!
Hi, I'm Sarah! I have spent 23 years getting to know Forest Park as an employee and hiker. Let me show you ancient trees, magnificent ferns, and bubbling creeks of these ancient woods. Along the way I will share about the Native Americans who lived here as well as Lewis & Clark and the pioneers who settled in this magnificent place. I was the public information officer for Portland Parks & Recreation, which manages this forest. I am also an avid hiker, trekking more than 500 miles in the past two years. This hike is suitable for all interested in exploring a true Pacific Northwest Rainforest. All abilities welcome!
Granola bars and/or fruit
Rain ponchos and/or umbrellas
Forest Park is one of the largest urban parks in the world and the only city wilderness park in the United States. The park is home to hundreds of native plants and animals and offers more than 80 miles of trails. No other city park in North America can offer such a natural experience. We will be hiking for approximately 5-miles along several trails, visiting the most scenic spots available depending upon the season.