Tram to South Waterfront Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"If you too grew up devouring unhealthy quantities of science-fiction paperbacks with garishly painted covers, you will automatically love the Portland Aerial Tram. Who cares if it’s practical? Look at it! The tram makes Portland’s skyline 50 times more awesome than before. Its other purpose, of course, is to carry people between Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), perched high on the hillside, and the South Waterfront, a newly developed neighborhood in a previously industrial area alongside the river south of downtown. The South Waterfront development occupies a former “brown field”—land that was contaminated with the by-products of heavy industrial use, and which required a $20 million cleanup effort that has been going on since the 1990s. (A large portion of the industry that once occupied this area involved barge-building, and some of that is still going on; U.S. Navy ships were built here for World War II, and then dismantled here afterward.) The cleanup of the area is essentially wrapped up, and development continues—the location of this area makes it a potentially very exciting area for developers."