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Wildwood Trail to Pittock Mansion Professional Review and Guide
"The route starts next to the Vietnam Memorial in Washington Park, winds through Hoyt Arboretum, and then heads into Forest Park and to Pittock Mansion. City and mountain views. Bridge crossings. This hilly route takes you along one of the most scenic sections of the Wildwood Trail. Amazing trees surround you as you sail on the smooth route through Hoyt Arboretum. Where else can you see a grove of ancient dawn redwoods? Eventually the trail heads downhill to busy Burnside Street. After crossing Burnside you’ll blast uphill through a shady canopy to your turnaround point at historic Pittock Mansion. Be sure to check out the amazing view of Portland and Mount Hood from the mansion’s rear lawn. You’ll follow Wildwood Trail the entire length of this route. Water and rest rooms are available at Pittock Mansion."
--Lizann Dunegan, Trail Running Oregon (Falcon Guides).
Fantastic run! Well marked. Climbs are short and doable. Trail is mostly shaded, good for a warm day. Water fountain and bathrooms at the turn-around. Best for a weekday run. Weekends can get crowded.
This is my favorite trail in the nation. The scenary is breath taking and the air is crisp and refreshing. I miss Portland mainly because of the peace that I found out on this trail.
This trail was a great way to spend a decent sunny afternoon out of the office. I have done various sections of the Wildwood trail but never from this starting point. Parking at the Zoo was a breeze (on a Friday) and I really enjoyed viewing trees from all over the world. I had no idea we had a small section of redwood forest right here in Portland, incredible. Typically I would have ran this trail but the scenary was such that I ended up briskly hiking most of it and only running on the way back. This is a nice one to choose especially if you are by yourself as it is traveled enough for you to feel safe but secluded enough to be away from the city. Although on the way back I did encounter a coyote which followed me for a bit but ran off after I slowed down to grab some rocks, just to scare it off. The terrain and distance (about 7.5 miles) is perfect for those who like a bit of a challenge (hilly)and I now have a new training hike for my next mountain climb. Enjoy!
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