I do not take much advantage at all that I live in Portland and have Forest Park within reach. I generally find myself going out of town on adventures and thinking oh I can make it there anytime when I don’t have a lot of time and want something convenient. However, what I find is that I just don’t go. So, yesterday I went. I originally planned on 10 miles, but changed to 5 because I wanted lunch and beer. Pretty legit reason if you ask me.
However, if one lives in Portland or a close area, you should take advantage of Forest Park. One of my favorite hikes to do there is to do a nighttime hike up to Pittock Mansion starting from around the Japanese Gardens. It’s just fun! And you get to look out on the city lights, also super fun when it’s a full moon hike.
One thing I need to remember is it’s muddy there. Always muddy this time of year even if it’s a sunny day. So much mud!
Here’s a link to my favorite map of forest park
Here’s a selfie of me hiking in forest park: