Forest Park Professional Review and Guide
"It would be crazy not to recommend a walk in Forest Park, the largest and one of the richest urban parks in the country. It’s essentially a huge wilderness right in Portland’s backyard: some 5,000 acres of untouched forest laced with well-maintained trails of all lengths and levels. And many of its entry points are, like this trek to the historic Pittock Mansion, incredibly easy to get to from the city. It sounds cliché, but it’s true: within minutes you can feel like you’re miles away from anything resembling pavement, trekking through deep dark woods with sunlight filtering through a canopy of trees. (Or, perhaps more realistic, a faint mist hanging in the gray air—but even bad weather looks pretty in the woods.) This hike’s accessibility makes it a popular choice, so it can get a little busy on weekends; go early in the morning or late in the afternoon to avoid any crowds. But even on a crowded day, it’s well worth sharing the trail to reach those incredible views at the top."