I really am a country girl. That's why my inn is in the country, in a little town about 10 blocks square, near the Mt Hood National Forest where I can hike to my hearts content and enjoy quiet quiet nights. But every once in a while I like to go into the city. Take in the hustle and bustle, visit shops and coffee houses, enjoy culinary surprises, ride mass transit. I love it. So when I overheard my Portland guests suggesting to our Portland bound Minnesota guests the 4T Trail I was all ears. We had to go into Portland so after a bit of research on the trail we headed out Monday morning. Plan: Drive the hour and a half into Portland, do the 4T Trail then run errands, mixing adventure with necessity.
Starting at the parking lot of the Washington Park Max Station, the 4 mile Trail section takes you through the thick forests of the West Hills, to Portland's highest point, Counsil Crest, and on into OHSU. Oregon Health and
Science University has a campus on the hills overlooking Portland and the Cascade Range. A few years ago a Tram was built to connect OSHU and the Waterfront and it has become quite a tourist destination. Take the tram down to the waterfront, disembark and walk about 50 steps and catch the Portland Trolley to downtown. then the Train (Max) back to your car.
One can begin the loop at any point and the trail is marked numerous places, even downtown. We hiked the trail first, arrived downtown in time for lunch and a gelato, with plenty of time to stroll, before heading taking the Train back.
This is one of many urban hikes in Portland. Combine one of these with Portland Oregon Lodging at a unique bed and breakfast and you have the perfect Oregon Geotourism Adventure. Visit the Portland region of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild website and select an inn in the West Hills, many just a short drive, or Max train, to the Washington Park Max Station.