When tour guests asks us, "what one thing should I not miss in Portland," we pick the hike in Forest Park. No matter what the season, hiking in the park is entering another world right on the borders (and through the fabric) of the city ... More info ›
When tour guests asks us, "what one thing should I not miss in Portland," we pick the hike in Forest Park. No matter what the season, hiking in the park is entering another world right on the borders (and through the fabric) of the city.
We offer two daily departures. The morning hike is focused around a classic Northwest Portland experience, and ends at the International Rose Test Garden, the Forest Park Experience (9 a.m. to noon). The afternoon hike starts on the western edge of downtown Portland, weaves through the neighborhoods and up into the park, the Downtown to the Forest (1 to 5 p.m.). Both pass the same iconic spots (Japanese Garden, Pittock Mansion, and Witch's Castle), but take a different approach to the forest.
Being in Forest Park is to be immersed in a sense of both vitality and stasis, this fluid place that exists both in and out of time. In the forest—within minutes leaving the street—you can forget, or ignore, or wonder at the fact that you are still in a city.
This is a typical itinerary for this product
Stop At: Forest Park
We'll make our way into Forest Park from the starting point, where we'll join the famous Wildwood Trail, a 43-mile long trail that has its origin over 110 years ago.
Duration: 2 hours
Stop At: Wildwood Trail, Portland, Oregon
We'll continue traveling along the Wildwood Trail
Duration: 2 hours
Stop At: Witch's Castle
We'll visit the former rest stop known as the "Witch's Castle," and tell stories about the witches that do live here now.
Duration: 5 minutes
Pass By: Pittock Mansion, Portland, Oregon
At the Pittock Mansion, we'll visit the grounds and see the expansive view of the city and the mountains surrounding it. We'll have a chance to eat some snacks in some of the city's prettiest public gardens.
Stop At: Washington Park, Portland, Oregon
We'll cross Burnside and pass into Washington Park (in the afternoon, we'll reverse this and see Washington Park before Forest Park), where the trail winds above the Japanese Garden for a quick glance inside.
Duration: 30 minutes
Pass By: Portland Japanese Garden, Portland, Oregon
The trail through Washington Park passes right by the Japanese Garden; morning tour guests have an option of ending the tour here for afternoon tea and a stroll through the garden (admission not included).
Stop At: International Rose Test Garden, Portland, Oregon
The Rose Garden will be the final stop of the morning tour, and the first stop of the afternoon tour; where we will most definitely stop and smell some of the 600 varieties of roses!
Duration: 15 minutes