What you'll do
IMPORTANT NOTE: This hike will use the new footbridge over Burnside, scheduled to open in Fall of 2019. The hike will not be available until the bridge opens, and Sept. dates are only tentative for now. You won't believe that this forest was actually planted almost a century ago. This is no garden; it looks and feels like old-growth forest, yet, amazingly, it's only 1.5 from miles downtown. Nowhere else on earth can you step from an Oregon forest into a grove of towering redwoods to a miniature version of Germany's Black Forest, AND traverse six million years of history. Well-maintained trails include parts of the famous Wildwood Trail, which will take us via Portland's newest footbridge to the Pittock Mansion viewpoint. The hike brings you close to many iconic Portland landmarks, including the Oregon Zoo, the Rose Garden and the Japanese Garden. Make a day of it! Hear my astonishing personal account of the eruption of Mt. St. Helens, and, weather permitting, enjoy the best views of downtown. Breathe in the rarefied air of the amazing Redwood Deck to transform and rejuvenate yourself. You'll walk taller and feel smarter; this hike is literally good for your brain!
As a local area expert, college-level (PSU) instructor with 20+ years experience hiking in this iconic Portland landmark, my deep connections here give me special insights into this magical place. I enjoy sharing historical details about the Arboretum's unique place in the world, its flora and fauna, along with fascinating facts about the Portland area. Since I live and work within a half mile of the Arboretum, I am happy to schedule a visit on short notice, and have excellent availability most days. Please don't hesitate to ask for a time that meets your needs.
Hot tea is offered at the Arboretum visitor center (if open); drinking fountains are available there and at Pittock Mansion.
Where you'll be
*Unique, unusual, spectacular trees; many one-of-a kind specimens. *The Redwood Deck, at the heart of the Arboretum's 200 acre forest. *The Redwood Forest, a magical stand of century-old trees. *The Wildwood Trail, North America's longest urban hiking trail. *The "Root Tree," a hillside held back by a spectacular root system *The Barbara Walker Crossing, Portland's newest footbridge over Burnside *Pittock Mansion Viewpoint *Much, much more!
Things to keep in mind
Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase.
Always communicate through Airbnb. To protect your payment, never transfer money or communicate outside of the Airbnb website or app.
Up to 6 guests ages 15 and up can attend.
Please dress for the weather. We'll hike rain or shine! Although never more than 20-30 minutes from the nearest fountain or W/C, it’s good to bring water. Street shoes are OK unless it's really wet.
The Most Amazing Hike in SW Portland
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