The Marquam Trail stretches over five miles through peaceful, relatively secluded, second-growth forests in Southwest Portland. As part of the city’s 40-Mile Loop Trail system it connects with the Wildwood Trail near the Oregon Zoo.
One of the best of Portland’s close-in hikes, the Marquam Trail is as interesting and enjoyable as any in Forest Park (where the Grimm nabs many Wesen). One of its features is an outstanding four-Cascade Volcano view from Council Crest Park, the highest point in Portland.
Living less than a mile from the Marquam Trail, it’s an easy hike to the Marquam following SW Urban Trail #6. Then it’s a nice climb to Council Crest.
By the time I return home, I’ve clocked about four miles with 700 feet of elevation gain.
And, if I’m lucky, there will be colorful wildflowers sprinkled along the Trail, and maybe some wildlife and small birds too.
Whatever the weather, it makes for a pleasant outing.
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John, I’m considering parking my Lexus 450h at trail heads where you park. I see you drive a Mercedes. I understand leaving nice cars at trailheads can be problematic with breakins, etc. Have you any thoughts or experience with this?
It’s a problem. Almost all trailheads, even remote ones, often have broken glass on the ground due to smash-and-grab thieves.
The most important thing to do is not to leave anything visible in your vehicle, even mundane things like sunglasses.
The riskiest places are popular trailheads with quick escape routes to a nearby highway. An example is the Eagle Creek Trailhead in the Gorge.
But, in all the years of parking at trailheads, I’ve only been broken into once. It was at the Horsetail Falls parking area, and I had left a small pack visible on the backseat.
And, to answer your question, I don’t think the quality or price of your vehicle matters. Smash-and-grabbers are equal opportunity thieves for the most part. Leave something of value in sight and will be at risk.
Hope that helps.