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Hike Portland’s Forest Park

Date: Tuesday, May 19
Time: 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Cost: $45
Skill Level: Intermediate
Length: 4 miles of hiking

Come and explore one of the largest urban parks in the world and the only city wilderness in the United States: Portland’s Forest Park. Home to hundreds of native plants and animals, with over 80 miles of trails, Forest Park is Portland’s greatest natural resource. Marcy Houle, author and biologist, will lead a four-mile hike in Forest Park and explain its incomparable qualities – five that make it unique among all city parks in the nation and in two cases, in the world. She will discuss the park’s flora and fauna, its amazing history, (and why it is a miracle it even exists), and elucidate its outstanding management plan that keeps the park in the exceptional native condition that can be seen today. For its recreational and educational opportunities as well as its extraordinary natural beauty, Forest Park is unquestionably America’s premier urban forest.

More information about Forest Park can be found in Marcy’s book, "One City's Wilderness: Portland's Forest Park," available at bookstores or at amazon.com. The book details the geology, history, wildlife, watersheds, and vegetation of Forest Park, as well as explains every trail within Forest Park. It provides an "All Trails Challenge" to Forest Park and provides directions to 29 hikes of varying length, difficulty, and scenery within the 5,175-acre park.

Tour Leader: Marcy Houle, Forest Park Conservationist, Volunteer and Author

Photo credit: Portland Parks and Recreation

Symposium Sponsors





American Trails

P.O. Box 491797
Redding, CA 96049-1797
(530) 605-4395

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