Balch Creek to Pittock Mansion

Portland, Oregon

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Balch Creek Canyon is one of the most beautiful urban canyons to be found anywhere. The transition from crowded city streets to peaceful canopied trail and flourishing canyon happens so quickly that you’ll find it hard to believe a bustling city is just steps away. Located in the Macleay Park section of Forest Park, the trail begins at the Lower Macleay Park Trailhead and soon joins up with the Wildwood Trail. From there the possibilities are endless. The time-tested route up to the Pittock Mansion is just one of a number of classic outings in this area.
Best Outdoor Adventures Near Portland, Oregon

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by Adam Sawyer (Falcon Guides)

Balch Creek Canyon is one of the most beautiful urban canyons to be found anywhere.

The transition from crowded city streets to peaceful canopied trail and flourishing canyon happens so quickly that you’ll find it hard to believe a bustling city is just steps away. Located in the Macleay Park section of Forest Park, the trail begins at the Lower Macleay Park Trailhead and soon joins up with the Wildwood Trail. From there the possibilities are endless. The time-tested route up to the Pittock Mansion is just one of a number of classic outings in this area.

© 2016 Adam Sawyer/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Portland
Distance: 5.2
Elevation Gain: 850 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Duration: 1.5-3 hours
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: City of Portland, Parks & Recreation, (503) 823-6007; portlandoregon.gov/parks/
Local Maps: Oregon Road & Recreation Atlas: Page 106 D4
Driving Directions: Directions to Balch Creek to Pittock Mansion

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