The Top Outdoor Adventures Via Public Transportation: Portland

Trail running on the Wildwood Trail

Wildwood Trail in June 2008.     Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Forest Park

Acreage: 5,172.14
Hours: 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.

One of the most unique urban trail runs in the world, Portland’s Wildwood Trail is 30 miles of pure outdoor bliss. Consisting of dirt track meandering through the lush fern beds and towering pines of the Oregon city’s temperate rain forest, the Wildwood Trail remains a hidden gem to most of us despite its popularity in the Rose City. The trail is part of Forest Park in southern Portland, the largest urban park in the United States and an area designated to naturally purify the air, collect water, and control erosion within the city limits. There is no shortage of wildlife in the area with over 112 bird and 62 mammal species to take in on long wilderness runs. The trail hosts several organized races, including its own marathon every year. The trail is accessible via Macleay Park and the TriMet 15 Bus stop at 2960 NW Upshur St.

GETTING THERE: From JELD WEN Field, take the eastbound TriMet 15 Bus to the stop at 2960 NW Upshur Street. Look for the Lower Macleay Park Trailhead to connect with the Wildwood Trail (about one mile).

TRAVEL TIME: About 30 minutes

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