Do we need tickets?
Is December an ok time to visit?
How do I get there with local transport from Hillsboro?
You can take a bus from the Zoo station up to the visitors center "Tree House". Service is infrequent in the winter for the number 63 so be sure to check a schedule or the wair can be nasty! I like the Conifer side of the arboretum in the winter because most of the Conifers are evergreen. This part of the arboretum is East of the Visitors Center. They have samples of conifers from China, India, Africa, S.America, Europe and the Pacific N. W. There are a good number of large native conifers on the flowering tree side, too (the side closer to the zoo). You'll see Douglas Fir, Western Red Cedar, Hemlock. Both sides are pretty and the trails nice. We've had record rainfall in Dec., so expect some mud. No tickets are needed. If you drive you pay for parking.
I agree with the earlier postings. A walk in the woods is fabulous at any time of the year, aa long as you dress for the weather. We took the tri met to the zoo and then wandered around and sort of stumbled across the Arboretum, so a map is a good idea.
No tickets needed. December would be a good time to visit - wrap up warm and wear some sensible shoes/boots. You can get the tri met from Hilsboro but you will need to change at some point - check out the tri met journey planner online
No tickets needed. IMO it's fun to visit any time of the year. Layer for cold wet weather, but it can get warmer if the sun comes out. Depending on which trail you take it can get muddy, so wear appropriate shoes.
You can take the Blue Line light rail from Hillsboro to the Zoo Station, then walk up the hill from the parking lot and get on The Wildwood Trail that will take you into the Arboretum, you can branch out from there.
Having a trail map would be a good idea. TripAdivsor won't let me post a link so you'll need to the to the arboretum web site and download one.
You should be decent physical condition as you'll be climbing some steep hills.
no you won't need tickets - you can take the max to Washington Park Zoo and walk around to see a lot there are public buses that will drive you around through the park. The Zoo does require tickets and across the parking lot is the children's museum. and the Forest Museum is also at that same stop on the max. December is fine dress warm and pick a sunny day. Hope that helps.
You don't need tickets, but there might be a place for donations in the visitor center (it was closed when I went). December could be a good time to visit as long as you can see the paths and not get lost. I don't know anything about local transportation, but it is right off a highway exit and there was a good amount of parking along the roads.
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