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.