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Lower Macleay Trail Loop

Forest Park

Portland Metro Area, Oregon

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  • Bridge over Balch Creek.- Lower Macleay Trail Loop
  • Thurman Street bridge over Lower Macleay Park.- Lower Macleay Trail Loop
  • Balch Creek.- Lower Macleay Trail Loop
  • Balch Creek.- Lower Macleay Trail Loop
  • The Works Progress Administration's Stone House, built in the 1930s as a public restroom.- Lower Macleay Trail Loop
  • The Works Progress Administration's Stone House, built in the 1930s as a public restroom.- Lower Macleay Trail Loop
  • Maidenhair fern (Adiantum pedatum).- Lower Macleay Trail Loop
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Easy access. Quick immersion into wilderness. Historic structure.
Cons: 
Few vistas. Heavily used.
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Region:
Portland Metro Area, OR
Congestion: 
High
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Day-Use/Parking Pass Required:
Not Required
Total Distance: 
5.80 mi (9.33 km)
Trailhead Elev.: 
2,250 ft (686 m)
Net Elev. Gain: 
550 ft (168 m)
Trail Uses:
Hiking
Trail type: 
Loop
Dogs allowed: 
Yes
Current Local Weather:
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Breezy starting in the evening and rain overnight.
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49°

Thu

Rain throughout the day.
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Fri

Rain until afternoon.
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Sat

Rain throughout the day and breezy starting in the evening.
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Sun

Rain in the morning and afternoon and windy until afternoon.
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Mon

Mostly cloudy until evening.
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Tue

Clear throughout the day.
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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With over 80 miles of trails, it’s impossible to see all of Forest Park even if you have an entire weekend. The Lower Macleay Trail Loop, however, will give you a great impression of what the nation’s largest city park park has to offer. The Lower Macleay Trail Loop is a combination of interconnected trails that will immerse you in the park’s rich vegetation, far from the clambering of the city below.  Along the way you will walk beside a babbling creek, discover the park’s landmark Stone House, and pass through some of Portland’s finest neighborhoods.

Other easy introductory hikes include the Wild Cherry Trail Loop, the Springville Trail Loop, and the Ridge Trail.

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