Hoyt Arboretum

Miles of excellent, looping trails adjacent to some of the city's biggest attractions. The areas to the west and north of the visitor center are possibly the prettiest.

2
hours of fun

Open

6:00 am to 10:00 pm daily. Check website for visitor center hours.

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Pros

  • Twelve miles of varied, well-maintained trails, organized into intersecting loops, provide plenty of variety.
  • Excellent signage, and you can get a great free map at the visitor center.
  • Hone your tree-identification skills.
  • Close in, accessible via MAX.
  • The Vietnam War Memorial is moving, and possibly a segue into deeper conversations with older children.

Cons

  • Fairly busy by the standards of Portland hiking trails. Perhaps not as wild as one might like.
  • Some routes challenging for strollers, by virtue of steps or gradient. Trails occasionally bisected by some lightly trafficked roads.
  • The 30 minute, 1 hour and 2 hour loops will probably take you 15 minutes, 30 minutes and 1 hour respectively. Not a con, just a surprise.

in the area

Hoyt Arboretum is adjacent to the zoo, the World Forestry Center and Children’s Museum, and very close to the Japanese Gardens and Washington Park’s playground.

if you like this…

There’s only one other arboretum in town (for shame!) and that’s the Columbia Children’s Arboretum. Tree signage aside, Portland abounds in child friendly hiking opportunities.

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First posted: October 18, 2013; last updated: April 15, 2014.

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4000 Southwest Fairview Boulevard, Portland, OR 97221 [Google map].

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