Forest Park Loop Hike to Pittock Mansion

Hike Distance: 6.4 miles      Yearly Hike Distance: 318.0 miles

Elevation Gain: 1174 feet      Yearly Elevation Gain: 35885 feet

Tonight we’ll be babysitting our grandchildren so it made sense to hike in the Portland, OR area.  We were going to go hiking in Beaverton, along a greenway, but at the last minute decided to hike the Wildwood Trail.  It was a gorgeous day and I was feeling quite good, and thought this would be a good change from the usual hikes.

We parked at the Zoo and quickly headed out on the Wildwood Trail.  This trail is quite contorted and we somehow got lost.  We ended up going on one of the trails, through the Hoyt Arboretum, and found a sign that mentioned the Pittock Mansion.  Not having been to the Pittock Mansion area in almost a decade, we decided to head that way.

The trail system was extremely crowded, but I expected that on a beautiful weekend day.  It was also nice to see a little dusting of snow that still remained, in some areas!  It wasn’t long before we intercepted the Wildwood Trail, and headed out toward Pittock Mansion on it.  The trail ascends most of the way and I started thinking this was a bit too aggressive for my back, but we continued on anyway.

At just over three miles we reached the parking area for Pittock Mansion.  We had no intentions of going in (there’s a fee) and just took pictures before turning around.  We decided to take the Wildwood Trail all the way back to our parking area.  We were moving quickly because we needed to be at our son’s by 4:30pm.  Burnside St. is one of the most dangerous crossings I’ve seen.  The traffic is moving around a curve, where the crossing is, and there is only a warning sign!  They’re trying to raise money to build a bridge but this has been happening FOREVER.  The city of Portland should install the bridge, due to the extreme danger of this crossing, but they probably won’t. 😦

I should mention that the Wildwood Trail was actually closed at one point on the way back and we had to take one of the many Hoyt Arboretum Trails.  We also got lost along this return trail. haha  Thankfully, the signage in this park is outstanding, and we were able to locate which way to go to return to our car.  You have to see the sheer number of trails in this area to see how easy it is to get lost!!!  Actually, though, I had my GPS and could have just followed our original bread crumb trail back, but that would be too easy. 🙂

We got back to the car just in time, and made it to our son’s on time.  This was such a great change from the usual hike, and we need to visit Forest Park more often. 🙂