Lower Macleay Park to Pittock Mansion

OutAndBack • 3.8 mi • 600 ft

Dirt and paved trails that travel next to bubbling Balch Creek through a fantastic forest setting in Macleay Park and Forest Park. City and mountain views. Bridge crossings. This forest escape begins at Lower Macleay Park, located in Northwest Portland, and winds its way up Balch Creek Canyon for almost a mile to Upper Macleay Park through a second-growth forest of Douglas fir, western red cedar, and big-leaf maple. The first half of the route you’ll pass by big rock pools that are haven to wild trout and wild raspberries, maidenhair fern, and vine maple. Brightly colored wildflowers line the trail with their unique beauty. At Upper Macleay Park you’ll cross Cornell Road and then continue your uphill odyssey through a fern-filled forest to the park-like grounds of the historic Pittock Mansion estate. Oregonian editor Henry L. Pittock built this enormous house in 1914. From this stately estate you can take a breather and gaze at Portland’s downtown skyline and majestic Mount Hood before retracing your route.
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Activity Type: Trail Running
Nearby City: Portland
Length: 3.8 total miles
Elevation Gain: 600 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 45 minutes to 1.25 hours
Season: Year-round
Other Uses: Hikers, leashed dogs permitted
Local Contacts: Portland Parks & Recreation
Local Maps: DeLorme: Oregon Atlas & Gazetteer;
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FYI the distance noted on here is inaccurate. An out/back from Lower Macleay to Pittock staying on the Wildwood & Lower Macleay Trail is just over 5.1 miles. Great trail for a quick hike or even better for a quad burning run.

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