Get Outside

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One of the best things about attending Portland State is the easy access to nature. 90 miles to the coast and 90 miles to Mt. Hood, there’s plenty to explore and the Portland State Outdoor Program makes it easy. They offer guided trips and affordable gear rental. You don’t have to leave the city to get on the trails—Forest Park’s Wildwood Trail is the longest urban trail in the country and walking distance from PSU’s campus.

 

LOWER MACLEAY

Difficulty Level

Beginner
Distance

2-4 Miles Out-and-Back
Distance from PSU

25 Min. Streetcar Ride

Located in nearby NW Portland, PSU students can get to this hike for free using the Portland Streetcar. An easy 2 mile stroll along a soothing stream through one of the largest urban forests in the United States. Turn around when you get to Witch’s Castle or add another 4 miles to historic Pittock Mansion, one of the best views in Portland.

LATOURELL FALLS

Difficulty Level

Intermediate
Distance

2.4 Mile Loop
Distance from PSU

25 Min. Drive
Ditch the crowds at popular Multnomah Falls and take a short hike to this double waterfall instead. Latourell Falls is the closest waterfall hike to Portland—you barely need to leave your car to access the 224 foot lower falls, but the full 2.4 mile loop to the upper falls is worth every step. Take the scenic route along the Historic Columbia River Highway and get panoramic views of the Columbia Gorge at the Vista House.

SILVER FALLS

Difficulty Level

Advanced
Distance

8 Miles Loop
Distance from PSU

90 Min. Drive

Located in nearby NW Portland, PSU students can get to this hike for free using the Portland Streetcar. An easy 2 mile stroll along a soothing stream through one of the largest urban forests in the United States. Turn around when you get to Witch’s Castle or add another 4 miles to historic Pittock Mansion, one of the best views in Portland.