Steve's Southwest Portland Loop

This page describes a nice little loop hike that incorporates a great deal of what makes Portland such a great city. It starts out at the Marquam Shelter near Oregon Health Sciences University, makes its way through the Park blocks at Portland State University, climbs past the Multnomah Athletic Club through the Vista neighborhood and up to the International Rose Test Gardens. It then climbs around the back of the Japanese Garden and intersects the Wildwood Trail, which it follows to the Vietnam Memorial near the Oregon Zoo. It then follows the Marquam Trail behind the Oregon Children's' Museum (former location for the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI)), drops down to cross Highway 26, then climbs up to Council Crest. At the high point of the hike, the Marquam Trail plunges down along a steep ravine back to your car at the Marquam Shelter. It takes me between 2.5 and 3 hours to complete.

Portland Quarter

Washington Park Quarter

Council Crest Quarter

Marquam Park Quarter