Three Views From Hoyt Arboretum
A couple days ago I walked part of what is known as the 4T Trail. The name refers to four modes of transportation by which travelers can experience a loop around the city: trail, tram, trolley, and train.
I started at a high point in Council Crest Park, and walked on a trail to the Hoyt Arboretum, where the famed Wildwood Trail begins. It is also right next to the train leaving the Oregon Zoo, where one could continue a loop to downtown Portland. I simply wanted to walk, not ride around Portland by mechanized transport. That might be nice on a another day.
Once I arrived at the Arboretum, I tacked on a loop through on the Wildwood and Maple trails. The diversity of tree species are amazing, and views are great too.
The trail is relatively easy, but I found myself dripping with sweat by the time I finished my uphill return to Council Crest. It was a well spent two hours of urban hiking, complete with a graffiti, oriental cherry trees, and a freeway crossing. Not too shabby.