Exploring the city on the 4T Trail

Last Friday there was no school for my little explorer. I had to take the day off from work to be with him (no complaints there!), and the sun was shining. Outside it was!

We decided to do the 4T Trail (map), signs of which we have always seen at the Washington light rail station while walking to the zoo. The 4 Ts stand for Trail, Tram, Trolley, and Train. It is suggested that you start in Washington Park, hiking on the Marquam Trail from the Oregon Zoo up to Council Crest Park and down the other side, also Marquam Trail, but partly on Fairmount Blvd. and Marquam Hill Rd., until you get to OHSU. Instead of going along the roads, we went through Marquam Nature Park, which also leads into OHSU from the Connor Trail. From OHSU, board the Aerial Tram to South Waterfront, then take the Trolley back into downtown. Finally, switch over to the light rail at Pioneer Square to head back to Washington Park.

Our hike took us this way, except we started at Pioneer Square and ended there, and instead of taking the trolley back into downtown, we opted to walk along the Willamette River, so we probably went farther than the stated 4.5 miles. It was just too nice out to sit in a trolley! Enjoy the pictures.

Pioneer Square:

4T Trail, Willamette River, and Intertwine Alliance Summit

Washington Park:

4T Trail, Willamette River, and Intertwine Alliance Summit

4T Trail, Willamette River, and Intertwine Alliance Summit

4T Trail, Willamette River, and Intertwine Alliance Summit

4T Trail, Willamette River, and Intertwine Alliance Summit

4T Trail, Willamette River, and Intertwine Alliance Summit

4T Trail, Willamette River, and Intertwine Alliance Summit

4T Trail, Willamette River, and Intertwine Alliance Summit

4T Trail, Willamette River, and Intertwine Alliance Summit

4T Trail, Willamette River, and Intertwine Alliance Summit

Cross over the 26 to the trailhead for the Marquam Trail:

4T Trail, Willamette River, and Intertwine Alliance Summit

About to start the hike up to Council Crest, said to be the highest point in Portland at 1,073 feet above sea level (and yes, we picked up that plastic bag in the background):

4T Trail, Willamette River, and Intertwine Alliance Summit

4T Trail, Willamette River, and Intertwine Alliance Summit

4T Trail, Willamette River, and Intertwine Alliance Summit

4T Trail, Willamette River, and Intertwine Alliance Summit

4T Trail, Willamette River, and Intertwine Alliance Summit

A shelf fungus in the middle of the trail:

4T Trail, Willamette River, and Intertwine Alliance Summit

It was pretty windy that day, and as small branches fell from the trees as we hiked, I imagine these shelf fungi also succumbed to the wind. Here’s another:

4T Trail, Willamette River, and Intertwine Alliance Summit

This must be a squirrel’s dining room table, leftovers from hundreds of Douglas Fir pinecones fir cones:

4T Trail, Willamette River, and Intertwine Alliance Summit

4T Trail, Willamette River, and Intertwine Alliance Summit

4T Trail, Willamette River, and Intertwine Alliance Summit

4T Trail, Willamette River, and Intertwine Alliance Summit

4T Trail, Willamette River, and Intertwine Alliance Summit

4T Trail, Willamette River, and Intertwine Alliance Summit

Approaching Council Crest, with one of those giant red telecommunication towers adorning it:

4T Trail, Willamette River, and Intertwine Alliance Summit

4T Trail, Willamette River, and Intertwine Alliance Summit

An electric streetcar used to come up here a century ago, bringing visitors to Council Crest Amusement Park, roller coaster and all! We took a break at this sign about the streetcar:

4T Trail, Willamette River, and Intertwine Alliance Summit

4T Trail, Willamette River, and Intertwine Alliance Summit

4T Trail, Willamette River, and Intertwine Alliance Summit

4T Trail, Willamette River, and Intertwine Alliance Summit

Looking southwest:

4T Trail, Willamette River, and Intertwine Alliance Summit

The views from the summit are wonderful. In the background here, you can see the Columbia River, downtown, and Mt. St. Helens in the distance:

4T Trail, Willamette River, and Intertwine Alliance Summit

4T Trail, Willamette River, and Intertwine Alliance Summit

Closeup of Mt. St. Helens:

4T Trail, Willamette River, and Intertwine Alliance Summit

Mt. Hood, to the east:

4T Trail, Willamette River, and Intertwine Alliance Summit

4T Trail, Willamette River, and Intertwine Alliance Summit

Scores of American Robins were hanging out:

4T Trail, Willamette River, and Intertwine Alliance Summit

4T Trail, Willamette River, and Intertwine Alliance Summit

4T Trail, Willamette River, and Intertwine Alliance Summit

4T Trail, Willamette River, and Intertwine Alliance Summit

Can anyone identify this? Patrick found several:

4T Trail, Willamette River, and Intertwine Alliance Summit

A nice statue fountain, that had been stolen in the 1980s and recovered a decade later during a narcotics raid in a backyard in NE Portland:

4T Trail, Willamette River, and Intertwine Alliance Summit

Now we’re heading down the other side:

4T Trail, Willamette River, and Intertwine Alliance Summit

An awesome view of Mt. Hood:

4T Trail, Willamette River, and Intertwine Alliance Summit

“This way, I think”:

4T Trail, Willamette River, and Intertwine Alliance Summit

4T Trail, Willamette River, and Intertwine Alliance Summit

4T Trail, Willamette River, and Intertwine Alliance Summit

4T Trail, Willamette River, and Intertwine Alliance Summit

Timber!

4T Trail, Willamette River, and Intertwine Alliance Summit

4T Trail, Willamette River, and Intertwine Alliance Summit

New tree growing within an old one:

4T Trail, Willamette River, and Intertwine Alliance Summit

4T Trail, Willamette River, and Intertwine Alliance Summit

Heading into Marquam Nature Park:

4T Trail, Willamette River, and Intertwine Alliance Summit

4T Trail, Willamette River, and Intertwine Alliance Summit

4T Trail, Willamette River, and Intertwine Alliance Summit

We had to traverse over this muddy landslide:

4T Trail, Willamette River, and Intertwine Alliance Summit

And then saw this sign up further on the trail:

4T Trail, Willamette River, and Intertwine Alliance Summit

Marquam Shelter:

4T Trail, Willamette River, and Intertwine Alliance Summit

Some displays on natural history and history of the park:

4T Trail, Willamette River, and Intertwine Alliance Summit

4T Trail, Willamette River, and Intertwine Alliance Summit

4T Trail, Willamette River, and Intertwine Alliance Summit

4T Trail, Willamette River, and Intertwine Alliance Summit

Now on to the Conner Trail, which brought us to OHSU:

4T Trail, Willamette River, and Intertwine Alliance Summit

4T Trail, Willamette River, and Intertwine Alliance Summit

4T Trail, Willamette River, and Intertwine Alliance Summit

4T Trail, Willamette River, and Intertwine Alliance Summit

4T Trail, Willamette River, and Intertwine Alliance Summit

“I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order” – John Burroughs:

4T Trail, Willamette River, and Intertwine Alliance Summit

A short walk through the OHSU campus then brought us to the Aerial Tram, which is free to ride down:

4T Trail, Willamette River, and Intertwine Alliance Summit

Some views from the tram platform:

4T Trail, Willamette River, and Intertwine Alliance Summit

4T Trail, Willamette River, and Intertwine Alliance Summit

4T Trail, Willamette River, and Intertwine Alliance Summit

4T Trail, Willamette River, and Intertwine Alliance Summit

4T Trail, Willamette River, and Intertwine Alliance Summit

From inside the tram, looking back on OHSU:

4T Trail, Willamette River, and Intertwine Alliance Summit

Downtown, to the north:

4T Trail, Willamette River, and Intertwine Alliance Summit

To the northeast, looking at the Willamette River, OMSI, and in the distance, Mt. St. Helens:

4T Trail, Willamette River, and Intertwine Alliance Summit

4T Trail, Willamette River, and Intertwine Alliance Summit

Lunch at a Subway (boy, was Patrick hungry!). Now we are along the river, spotted a cormorant:

4T Trail, Willamette River, and Intertwine Alliance Summit

4T Trail, Willamette River, and Intertwine Alliance Summit

Looking across from South Waterfront to Ross Island:

4T Trail, Willamette River, and Intertwine Alliance Summit

Nests of Great Blue Herons easily visible in some of the trees:

4T Trail, Willamette River, and Intertwine Alliance Summit

A Song Sparrow:

4T Trail, Willamette River, and Intertwine Alliance Summit

An osprey nest in South Waterfront:

4T Trail, Willamette River, and Intertwine Alliance Summit

4T Trail, Willamette River, and Intertwine Alliance Summit

Patrick enjoyed spotting this addition to a pedestrian marking:

4T Trail, Willamette River, and Intertwine Alliance Summit

4T Trail, Willamette River, and Intertwine Alliance Summit

4T Trail, Willamette River, and Intertwine Alliance Summit

A cormorant in flight:

4T Trail, Willamette River, and Intertwine Alliance Summit

4T Trail, Willamette River, and Intertwine Alliance Summit

4T Trail, Willamette River, and Intertwine Alliance Summit

4T Trail, Willamette River, and Intertwine Alliance Summit

4T Trail, Willamette River, and Intertwine Alliance Summit

From near the Hawthorne Bridge we headed back into downtown to Portland City Hall. I knew there were some Intertwine events going on, so we checked it out. I’ll share the few pics and news from the event in the next post, but he’s some shots from within City Hall and downtown.

Do you want to know how Portland is split up?

4T Trail, Willamette River, and Intertwine Alliance Summit

4T Trail, Willamette River, and Intertwine Alliance Summit

4T Trail, Willamette River, and Intertwine Alliance Summit

4T Trail, Willamette River, and Intertwine Alliance Summit

4T Trail, Willamette River, and Intertwine Alliance Summit

Model of the city:

4T Trail, Willamette River, and Intertwine Alliance Summit

Famous sculpture immortalized in the “Expose yourself to art” posters:

4T Trail, Willamette River, and Intertwine Alliance Summit

Beaver:

4T Trail, Willamette River, and Intertwine Alliance Summit

Seal:

4T Trail, Willamette River, and Intertwine Alliance Summit

We got on a bus in our neighborhood at about 8:40am, at Washington Park at 9:30am, at the top of Council Crest at 10:46am, at OHSU at 1:30pm, at City Hall by 4:00pm, and back home by bus at 6:45pm. Long day, and we had a lot of fun!

This entry was posted in "oregon zoo", 4T trail, aerial tram, birds, council crest park, intertwine, marquam trail, mt. hood, mt. st. helens, portland parks and recreation, Uncategorized, washington park, willamette river. Bookmark the permalink.

4 Responses to Exploring the city on the 4T Trail

  1. What a fantastic day & a grand adventure! Wish we had something like that around here – combining my boys’ two loves, transportation & time in nature.

  2. Love the 4T! One of the best Portland adventures to be had.

  3. Pingback: The Intertwine Alliance Summit, Portland City Hall |

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