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?

Open

All year round

Tagged

A photograph taken at The 4T Trail
A photograph taken at The 4T Trail

Pros

  • 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.

Cons

  • 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.

Share this

 

First posted: April 25, 2011; last updated: January 24, 2014.

Spotted something squiffy?

If you find any factual innaccuracies in this post, please email me via richard at thingstodoinportland dot org so I can fix it for everyone. Thanks in advance!

A photograph taken at The 4T Trail
A photograph taken at The 4T Trail
A photograph taken at The 4T Trail
A photograph taken at The 4T Trail
A photograph taken at The 4T Trail
A photograph taken at The 4T Trail

Take MAX to the Zoo stop and follow the signs from there... [Google map].

banner for PDX Kids Calendar

Comprehensive listings of family friendly Portland based events

banner for the Portland Family Fun blog

Jody manages an awesome collection of things to do!

banner for Exploring Portland's Natural Areas

A blog devoted to getting outside and exploring.

© thingstodoinportland.org 2017 |