Big Stump (Forest Park)

Like a lot of Portlanders, my exploration of Forest Park had been limited to its southern quarter. Turns out that was a shame, as it's just as pretty and far more peaceful up north.

2
hours of fun

Open

Daily, 5:00am - 10:00pm

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A photograph taken at Big Stump (Forest Park)
A photograph taken at Big Stump (Forest Park)
A photograph taken at Big Stump (Forest Park)
A photograph taken at Big Stump (Forest Park)
A photograph taken at Big Stump (Forest Park)
A photograph taken at Big Stump (Forest Park)
A photograph taken at Big Stump (Forest Park)

getting there

Check out my Google map; there’s a parking lot and trailhead just off Skyline on Old Springville Rd.

Pros

  • In comparison with the highway that is the Lower MacLeay Trail, this area of Forest Park is far more tranquil.
  • Gorgeous forested trails; the Hardesty Trail is particularly lovely.
  • All this on your doorstep, just a few minutes from the city.

Cons

  • Steep in places. In winter, muddy in places.
  • The roads inbound (either Germantown or Skyline) are nauseatingly winding. Watch out for nihilistic cyclists. Would be fun in the kind of car you don’t own because you have children.

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First posted: March 15, 2013; last updated: April 14, 2014.

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A photograph taken at Big Stump (Forest Park)
A photograph taken at Big Stump (Forest Park)
A photograph taken at Big Stump (Forest Park)

NW Old Springville Rd, Portland [Google map].

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