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Portland 4T Trail

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Paul M wrote a review Sep 2019
Dallas, Texas139 contributions65 helpful votes
I chose to go counter clockwise and started downtown with the $5 MAX daily max pass that takes you to the zoo. The only issue, is that I had to keep the alltrails map open to find the trail once I got to the zoo, but once you are a 1/4mile in it's mostly easy to stay on the trail. going this direction has about 1500ft elevation change mostly up front. This is about a 3 hours hike. The trail through the hospital to get to the sky lift/tram is creative. The walk through the forested sections is cool even in the summer. Two hints, when you arrive at the zoo, the path is south and towards the entrance to the zoo, stay on the side walk, go past the entrance and down the hill, stay left when the main road turns at the bottom of hill and hike left over the bridge/highway, turn left on the service road for about 100 ft and main trail head is on the left. At the hospital parking lot when you exit the trail at the top of the hill, walk south through the parking lot and make a left on the main road, go about 200 ft and look for the white building on your right with a sign that say Tram. enter and follow the Tram signs though the building. At the bottom there are about a dozen restaurants should you be hungry.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Harold P wrote a review Aug 2019
Los Angeles, California28 contributions8 helpful votes
My kids (ages 7 and 11) and I just hiked the 4T trail. This was our 1st activity in Portland and we did it to get oriented to Portland transportation and the city layout. We started at our hotel in downtown Portland (Hotel Rose) taking the Red MAX train to Washington Park. We spent 3 hrs at the Oregon Zoo before starting our trek around 3 pm. The beginning of the "trail" section is a little confusing as you need to walk south past the parking lots and then use the overpass above Hwy 26. You then walk on to the Hwy 26 onramp where the actual trail begins. There's plenty of signage pointing the way of the 4T trail but crossing over some well-trafficked areas and walking down an onramp seemed pretty odd. The trail section took us about 2 hrs with a nice break at Council Crest Park. We're LA city folk so the nature walk through the woods was memorable for the kids. Seeing the neighborhoods built into the woods also gave them an appreciation of how different Portland is from LA. The Arial Tram and Trolley were pretty straightforward and we got back to our Hotel quickly. In short, the 4T trail was a great family activity and gave us a good orientation of the Portland area.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Courtney wrote a review Jul 2019
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The 4T Trail is a great way to experience Portland. Parking and public transit will cost a small amount of money. Very comfortable shoes are necessary. There is some steep areas and it can be very slippery when wet. For families, the biggest thing to note is that you cannot complete the entire trail with a stroller. It is impossible. If you have a little one that cannot walk the trail, you will need to use some sort of carrier. It would benefit you to look at a map in advanced or use your cell phone. Directionally challenged people, like myself, could easily take a wrong turn and get lost.
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Date of experience: September 2018
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Tim G wrote a review Jun 2019
Naples, Florida27 contributions
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For the price of a tram pass, you can see the whole city from top to bottom. If you are not used to hiking, then this may not be the best for you as the hiking part is straight up and straight down. My reason for 4 stars is that the beginning at the zoo is a bit confusing, just walk past zoo entrance for easier start, and at the end on the hospital sign, there is one trail sign that does not tell you to turn towards the hospital. Other than that, what a great overall experience.
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Date of experience: June 2019
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jseckman wrote a review Jan 2019
2 contributions1 helpful vote
While visiting Portland, my two teenagers and I were looking for something inexpensive to do without getting into the car. We were staying downtown so this "trail" was convenient. We started in Pioneer Square—a couple of blocks from the hotel. There is nothing strenuous about this hike and it affords some great views of the city. There are some areas where the trail could be better marked, and a stretch that would benefit from having a sidewalk along the roadway, but other than that it was an enjoyable adventure.
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Date of experience: August 2018
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