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?

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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.

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

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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

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