Portland, OR: Terwilleger Trail

Escape to a luscious enclave of rolling hills covered by mature hardwoods and trickling streams just seconds from the city on this 6-mile out-and-back.

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Trail Facts

  • Distance: 4.8



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From Marquam Shelter Trailhead, bear L @ 3-way on Shelter Trail and climb gravel maintenance road.


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Straight on Shelter Trail @ T. L trail leads to the nearby campus of Oregon Health & Science University, the state’s only health and research university


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Continue straight and join Marquam Trail to climb 10 steep switchbacks. The Marquam Nature Park was named after Philip Marquam, a state legislator in the 1880s and regarded as a prominent pioneer of the city


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Cross Marquim Hill Rd, veer L to continue uphill on Marquam Trail


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Trail curves in downhill S shape with two intersections. Continue on signed Marquam Trail alongside healthy maples and rhododendrons


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Cross small wooden footbridge then climb stairs


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Cross footbridge


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Last footbridge over lazy but murmuring creek


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Cross Terwilleger Blvd., proceed 1.3 mi. uphill and parallel with road on Terwilleger Trail (George Himes Trail). Look L through trees for distant view of Portland’s Willamette River and Ross Island


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Cross SW Capitol Hwy. and continue straight down the paved path next to road.


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Turn L @ SW Nebraska, the entrance to George Himes Park, home to a variety of bigleaf maples, western red cedar, black cottonwood and Norway pines. Pack a good book to read while overlooking the mighty Willamette River before returning on same route.