Among the hundreds of parks and natural spaces around the Portland area, Forest Park gets the most recognition—and deservedly so—as America’s largest urban forest with more than 80 miles of hiking trails and biking paths. Yet there’s more to explore in and around the city than just this one forest, and Urban Trails: Portland, by hiking writer Eli Boschetto, brings this abundance to the people! There are plenty of opportunities for wandering the banks and wetlands of Portland’s three major rivers, as well as hiking on volcanic buttes, strolling through community gardens, discovering historic sites, and walking urban footpaths. Add to that, tips on observing some of the hundreds of species of birds and mammals that reside in these areas, and you practically have an urban safari at your doorstep.
With an emphasis on easy access to the outdoors and fitness, features of this guide include:
Trailhead directions, including public transit where available
“Know Before You Go” tips for park hours, events, etc.
Trail distance and high point
Info for families with kids, dog owners, and bikers
Sidebars on area history, nature, and sights
Fun checklists for plants, trees, flowers, and wildlife you may spot
Easy to reference maps
Indicates trail suitability for walkers, hikers, and runners