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Lower Macleay Trail

Easy/Intermediate
 4.2 (12)

An easily accessible singletrack trail for pedestrian use only, offering a variety of serene beauty.


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Map Key

0.8

Miles

1.3

KM

98%

Runnable

283' 86 m

High

99' 30 m

Low

0' 0 m

Up

184' 56 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

8%

Max Grade (5°)

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Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

The Lower Macleay Trail is singletrack and for pedestrian use only. It is one of the most popular trails in Forest Park, partly due to its easy accessibility from either Upper- or Lower Macleay Parks. It also offers a great example of the diversity to be found in Forest Park. The trail is handicap accessible from the lower end.

It breaks off of the Wildwood Trail - National Recreation Trail at the 5.5-mile markerthe location of the Stone House, which was built by the City of Portland in 1929 as a rest station with bathrooms and running water. It suffered from repeated vandalism, and during the Columbus storm of 1962 resulted in severe damage to the plumbing and the roof. The city decided not repair the building, and instead removed all the fixtures, doors, and roof. All that remains is the stone framework.

The trail runs along Balch Creek, a home to native cutthroat trout and very environmentally sensitive. There is a split-rail fence along much of the trail as well as locations for sitting to rest and enjoying the surroundings.

Flora & Fauna

The trail is home to some medium-growth Douglas fir, big-leaf maple, vine maple, and horse chestnut trees. Seasonal wildflowers are abundant, including the popular Western trillium. Near the Western end is also the tallest tree in Portland, a 242-foot tall Douglas fir.

A variety of birds and small animals may be found and even a barred owl might be spotted perched in the trees.

Contacts

Shared By:

Forest Park Conservancy

Trail Ratings

  4.2 from 12 votes

#6

in Forest Park

#6414

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  4.2 from 12 votes
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Trail Rankings

#6

in Forest Park

#190

in Oregon

#6,414

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Photos

Framed by moss-covered vine maple trees, two people stop to enjoy the view along Balch Creek.
Jan 27, 2016 near Portland, OR
Lower MacLeay Trail along the creek.
Jun 26, 2015 near Portland, OR
Lower MacLeay Trail with a creek flowing alongside it.
Jun 26, 2015 near Portland, OR
ZooBear
Jul 19, 2019 near Portland, OR
Hikers stop to take in the view at the intersection of the Wildwood and Lower Macleay Trails. The site of the Stone Hose is a popular attraction.
Oct 5, 2015 near Portland, OR
Lower Macleay Trail
Jul 19, 2019 near Portland, OR

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May 9, 2019
Jim L
May 27, 2017
Joshua Raines
0.8mi
Jan 18, 2016
Todd Johnson
https://www.strava.com/activities/473199129

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