The 40-Mile Loop was originally proposed in 1904 by the Olmsted Brothers who were brought to Portland from Boston to propose a park system as part of the planning for the Lewis and Clark Centennial Exposition and World's Fair. The connected system was to be a 40-Mile Loop encircling the city. The name, 40-Mile Loop stuck, even as the planned loop trail has lengthened to more than 140 miles to include all of Multnomah County and to connect more than 30 parks. Now, a century later the 40-Mile Loop is nearly complete.
Called the green jewel in the heart of Vancouver, Burnt Bridge Creek Greenway Trail truly is an amazing swath of green infrastructure. With a series of apved, shared use trails, it continues for nearly eight miles past some of the best wild areas in Vancouver — from wetlands to heavy forest to open grassland. The location, right in the middle of the city, makes it all easily accessible from a number of different trailheads and many neighborhoods, either by foot or bicycle.
Hoyt Arboretum is part of Washington Park, which also includes the Oregon Zoo, the Portland Children's Museum, the World Forestry Center Discovery Museum, the Portland Japanese Garden, the International Rose Test Garden, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the Oregon Holocaust Memorial among its many attractions.
Take a hike on the 4T Trail — enjoy a brisk hike among the trees from the Zoo to Council Crest and then to the Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU), where you will glide down the hill in the aerial Tram overlooking scenic views of the river and SW Portland, board the Trolley to the heart of Downtown, and ride the Train back to your car to complete the loop.
Cooper Mountain Nature Park is a natural bridge between dense urban landscapes to the north and agricultural lands to the south. Its 231 acres and Nature House are home to tours and classes throughout the year. Three miles of trails traverse the park, passing through varying habitats and offering views of the Chehalem Mountains.
The 170-acre Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge on the east bank of the Willamette River in Portland became Portland's first urban wildlife refuge in 1988 and today is one of the most popular urban wildlife areas in the region. If you haven't walked the loop yet, you've got to go.
The refuge, located 15 miles south of Portland, is home to a variety of habitats including remnant and restored communities along the river, forested wetlands, riparian forests, oak and pine meadows and grasslands, and deciduous/coniferous forests. In the early 1990s, local citizens proposed the preservation of open space along the bottomlands of the Tualatin River.
Join us in celebrating more than a quarter century since the Great Blue Heron was adopted as Portland’s official city bird during the twenty-sixth Annual Great Blue Heron Week, Wednesday, May 30th through Sunday June 9th, 2013.
Come along on a journey up the Balch Creek Canyon from Lower Macleay Park to the Audubon Society Wildlife Sanctuary.
Go on a treasure hunt! This island - an ancient volcanic cindercone - hosts a variety of rare habitats and can be accessed by foot via a land bridge revealed by the river only at certain times of the year.