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Forest Park Urban Hiking Tour provided by Around Portland Tours

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What you can expect during this experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
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Updated 20-07-17 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
A note from Forest Park Urban Hiking Tour
The trails in Forest Park are busy and as guidelines change we suggest mask wearing through most of the experience, although it is not required except for indoors. Guides will wear masks everywhere that distancing is not possible.
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Updated 20-07-17 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Overview
When tour guests asks us, "what one thing should I not miss in Portland," we pick the 4.5- to 5-mile (8-9 km) hike in Forest Park. No matter what the season, hiking in the park is entering another world right on the borders (and through the fabric) of the city. We offer two daily departures, both with varied terrain and about 900 ft elevation gain. The morning hike is focused around a classic Northwest Portland experience, and ends at the International Rose Test Garden, the Forest Park Experience (9 a.m. to noon). The afternoon hike starts at Goose Hollow, weaves through the neighborhoods and up into the park, the Goose Hollow to the Forest (1 to 5 p.m.). Both pass the iconic spots; Japanese Garden, Pittock Mansion, and Witch's Castle; but take a different approach to the forest. Being in Forest Park is to be immersed a fluid place that exists both in and out of time. In the forest—within minutes leaving the street—you can forget, or wonder at the fact that you are still in a city.
Itinerary
  • You’ll have 2 starting options
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  • 1
    Forest Park
    Stop: 2 hours
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  • 2
    Wildwood Trail
    Stop: 2 hours
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  • 3
    Witch's Castle
    Stop: 5 minutes
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    Pass by
    Pittock Mansion
  • 4
    Washington Park
    Stop: 30 minutes
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    Pass by
    Portland Japanese Garden
  • 5
    International Rose Test Garden
    Stop: 15 minutes
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  • You'll end at
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Departure Point
The Clearing Cafe, 2772 NW Thurman St, Portland, OR 97210, USA Fehrenbacher Hof, 1225 SW 19th Ave, Portland, OR 97205, USA
Duration
3–4 hours
Return Details
International Rose Test Garden, Portland, OR 97205, USA The Clearing Cafe, 2772 NW Thurman St, Portland, OR 97210, USA
Inclusions
  • We'll bring along extra water, but you're encouraged to bring your own bottle! Portland's tap water is delicious.
Exclusions
  • Gratuities (always appreciated)
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Lizzy P wrote a review Jul. 2020
Gilbert, Arizona29 contributions3 helpful votes
Of course you can hike by yourself! But having a local guide walk you through beautiful Forest Park makes all of the difference! Sarah was our guide and she made the hike a billion times more interesting because she gave us the history of the park, landmarks within the park, and
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Storyteller103869 wrote a review Sep. 2019
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I highly recommend this tour! Even in the rain it was just beautiful! I learned so much about the history of the area and got a great workout on top of it! Thanks so much!!!
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Marvin Forte wrote a review Sep. 2019
Estacada, Oregon2 contributions
I've only been in Oregon a couple of years, so taking a guided tour of Forest Park with Sarah from Around Portland Tours seemed like a great way to explore. Sarah greeted me at a local coffee shop, and after a short walk through the neighborhood, we found ourselves on the way
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Response from storycycle, Manager at Forest Park Urban Hiking Tour
Responded Sep. 15, 2019
It was truly a pleasure hiking with the two of you and taking a little different route than usual. I loved learning from you as well -- you are such consummate birders! -- I can't wait to share my new knowledge with other tour guests! -- Sarah
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Chelsea B wrote a review Sep. 2019
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I’m from Portland, but I moved away for 25 years and could not remember the last time I was in Forest Park. I decided to see the space through the eyes of a guide and I’m so glad I did! I met up with the guide, Sarah, at a cute coffee shop in NW Portland with a smooth cold brew
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Response from storycycle, Manager at Forest Park Urban Hiking Tour
Responded Sep. 15, 2019
Oh, it was so much fun hiking and chatting with you, and I'm so glad you mentioned early in the hike that you had always loved the houses in the neighborhood. It gave me a chance to devise a little different route that let us all explore new territory! And thank you for your knowledge, I love talking to writers and it's so much fun to learn more about your essays. (Little plug to those who read this far, Chelsea's book The Skinned Bird is now part of my guiding toolkit.) Thanks so much for coming along, come see me again soon please!! -- Sarah
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Merry wrote a review Sep. 2019
19 contributions1 helpful vote
There’s nothing quite like seeing my home environs through someone else’s eyes, and the itinerary of this tour is deserving of this company’s insider attention for both locals and travelers. On this tour I experienced some of my city’s greatest hits in a whole new delivery. The
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Response from storycycle, Manager at Forest Park Urban Hiking Tour
Responded Sep. 15, 2019
Merry, it was so great to be able to spend time with you in the forest! Your herbal knowledge added so much to the tour. It's always a pleasure to interact with guests who have so much to bring with them. I hope we'll be able to go out together again! -- Sarah
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Unforgettable hiking adventure!
Although we’re going through the pandemic, my girlfriend and I had a wonderful time! Sarah and Edwin were such good
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starpupill
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Best tour ever
Me and my friends are visiting from LA and this is by far the BEST tour we’ve ever been on. The people who do the t
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banderastheantonio
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Amazing tour no matter the weather!
The weather was chilly but the ride was amazing! Beautiful views and gorgeous fall colors, great coffee, and easy-t
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foxm457
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The highlight of my Portland trip
This was by far my favorite thing I've done in Portland. Edwin and Sarah were fantastic. I arrived a little early a
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Ellieessiey
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Wonderful Sunday at the waterfalls
My partner and I had such an amazing Sunday morning biking and hiking through the waterfalls along the Columbia Gor
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953bridgetk
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10/10 Tour
Sarah and Edwin were amazing. The ride was the prefect length, peppered with interesting facts about art, poetry, c
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SpiritVet
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The Best Way to See A Lot of Portland!
Did a tour in the rain and had a great time! I brought my own rain gear and was prepared to be drenched, but I ackn
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jaybrag
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Insightful and fun!
This was such a great way to see the city of Portland! The view from the top of one of the bridges was astounding,
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Go Green
What a fun tour! From all the neighborhoods to riding up and down the river and all the history and expert guide kn
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Ariel S
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Amazing experience!!
Such an amazing experience! Our tour guide Sarah was fantastic. Really got to explore Portland and learn all about
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LizzySPrice
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Beautiful views and an awesome bike ride!
This might be one of our favorite excursions ever! The weather was perfect for a hike and bike! The van was nice an
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marylbikes
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Easy and fun!
Such a fun experience; it was a perfect overview of the city. I learned all about the neighborhoods and was inspire
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victortrifecta
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Highly recommended!
I saw the photos of Multnomah Falls on Instagram and was so eager to visit, and so I booked this tour. There is so
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U1558SNsuzannew
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Unfair!
On the day of our tour it was pouring rain. We called to confirm whether the ride was taking place. Left a detailed
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Pylam86
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Sunny Portland Day
I was led by Maddie (sp?) and she was a super informative guide throughout the whole tour. There were plenty of sto
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