The 4T Trail
So named for the four methods of transportation required en route: train (MAX), trail, tram (Portland Aerial Tram) and trolley (Portland Street Car). Chances are you paid for them, so why not take advantage?
All year round
- The trail is extremely well signed from start to finish (well, until you get to OHSU) – it’s pretty much impossible to get lost.
- It’s a fun idea, well executed.
- The aerial tram is just fantastic – and free in a downwards direction.
- Of the four Ts, the trail is by far the longest stretch, and at 4 miles with a lot of elevation changes, may be too much of a schlep for some littluns. The shorter “alternative route” is even less appealing for parents, as it’s along winding roads with no sidewalk and little visibility – I would not countenance it with anything but the most sensible child (i’m told there are some).
- The trail takes a suicide run across the slip road to 26 eastbound from the zoo. Would a crosswalk hurt?
- Likewise there’s a short section of unsidewalked road on the way up towards Council Crest.
Take MAX to the Zoo stop and follow the signs from there... [Google map]