Beginning at the trailhead below the Thurman Street bridge, you’ll walk along a creek, through the forest, about 3/4th of a mile and return. Or, use the All Trails App or a Forest Park map to extend your trip.
Follow this Route
Walk down the stairs into the park and you are entering another world. Between Washington and Forest Parks, you will never far from a real wilderness experience, all within the confines of the city.
Walk to your left and you will see a trail sign for the Lower Macleay Trail. Continue about 3/4 of a mile up the trail to the stone house, enjoying the creek, trees, and wildlife along the way.
The #15 bus from SW 12th Avenue and Morrison Street downtown will take you to NW Thurman Street and 28th Avenue, one of the entrances to Forest Park.
Free Mobile Apps
If you have the All Trails App or the Forest Park App, you can extend your walk as long as you like. One goal might be to walk to the Pittock Mansion, see the overlook, take the mansion tour, then walk down to Burnside and catch the #20 bus back downtown. See map at left: hike is 2.3 miles and takes about an hour. The extended Lower Macleay to Pittock option, followed by a walk down to the #20 bus, will be about three miles total.
What is Forest Park?
Here’s a description from the non-profit Forest Park Conservancy:
At 5,200 acres, Portland’s Forest Park is one of the largest urban forests in the United States. With more than 80 miles of trails, fire lanes and forest roads, Forest Park stretches for more than seven miles along the eastern slope of the Tualatin Mountains, overlooking Northwest Portland and the convergence of the Columbia and Willamette Rivers. Forest Park offers an unparalleled opportunity for visitors to experience a true Northwest forest without leaving the Portland city limits. Source: Forest Park Conservancy.
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