As part of COVID-19 response planning, we’re doing our part to keep visitors safe and contribute as little as possible to the spread of disease.
In line with PP & R closures, we’ve cancelled all classes and programs until April 15th. Our Visitor Center is be closed as well, but our trails are still open to the public. We encourage visitors to practice the CDC’s trail user social distancing recommendations as outlined by the National Recreation and Park Association. We will continue to keep you informed as updates roll in.
Be healthy, be safe, and we hope to see you soon.
The Arboretum grounds are open 365 days a year, free and open to the public, from 5 am – 10 pm.
The Visitor Center is located in the heart of Hoyt Arboretum at 4000 SW Fairview Blvd, Portland, OR 97221, open weekdays from 9 am – 4 pm and weekends from 10 am – 4 pm. Stop by to pick up trail maps and brochures, stock up on snacks, chat with knowledgeable volunteers, and browse a selection of artisanal and nature-inspired gifts. The Visitor Center is fully accessible, including the restrooms.
Located two miles from downtown Portland in Washington Park, you can reach the Arboretum by car, public transit, biking, or walking. By car, visitors can access our curated collection of trees and trails at its southern boundary via Highway 26, just steps from the Oregon Zoo, Children’s Museum, and the World Forestry Center, or from Burnside Rd. at its northern boundary.
Washington Park can get quite busy, especially in the summer. Parking lots do occasionally fill up, and we encourage visitors who are able to use an alternative means of transportation. Overflow parking is directed to the Sunset Transit Center Park and Ride, 4 miles west down Hwy 26, to take the MAX Light Rail back to the park.
(Please note: as of 3/15/2020, some Washington Park destinations may be closed in respect to recommendations surrounding COVID-19. Please check before visiting, as parking fees may not be refunded.
Also note: Hard surfaces, including parking meters, are not disinfected. We recommend using the Parking Kitty app from your phone.)
There are two small parking lots at the Visitor Center, and additional parking throughout the Arboretum is available at these locations:
- Washington Park parking lot near the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial
- At the head of the Bristlecone Pine Trail
- By the Winter Garden
- Along some sections of Fairview Boulevard
- At various small pull-outs in front of trailheads
Parking in Washington Park lots costs $2 per hour or $8 for the day and is enforced from 9:30 am to 8:00 pm, 7 days a week, including holidays. Meters take coins and credit cards. All parking funds collected are used for improvements throughout Washington Park. A detailed explanation of how those funds are used is available here.
MAX Light Rail
Perhaps the most convenient way to reach the Arboretum is to ride Portland’s MAX light rail system to the Washington Park stop, located over 200 feet underground, and take the elevator to the surface. The Hoyt Arboretum collection starts just steps from the top of the elevator to the north at the Oregon Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
Line 63 travels between Providence Park in Downtown Portland and the Oregon Zoo parking lot. It serves all the major attractions in Washington Park, stopping right in front of the Hoyt Arboretum Visitor Center. Line 20 is a high-frequency line (every 15 minutes on Sundays) that travels the breadth of the city, from Gresham to Beaverton. It stops at the corner of Fisher Lane and Burnside, near the northern end of the Arboretum, and ¾ of a mile from the Visitor Center.
From the Washington Park MAX light rail stop, the Arboretum collection begins just a few hundred yards away; the Visitor Center is less than half a mile. You can also walk from the Japanese Garden and International Test Rose Garden, one mile from the Visitor center, along the Wildwood Trail. A map tracing the route can be found here.
Both MAX light rail and TriMet bus transport bicycles. From the Washington Park MAX Station, ride up Knights Boulevard to Fairview and turn right for the Visitor Center. From the Japanese Garden and Rose Garden, head north on Kingston Avenue and turn left onto Fairview Boulevard for a 1 ½ mile ride to the visitor center. Please note that bicycles are not permitted on Arboretum trails.
Explore Washington Park cannot ensure the necessary social distancing required to prevent the spread of COVID-19 on free shuttles in the park.
To that end, overflow parking buses and intrapark shuttle services are cancelled until further notice.
For visitors using Lyft or Uber, a rideshare pick-up/drop-off is located directly across the street from the Hoyt Arboretum Visitor Center.
Things to Do
Simply hiking the Arboretum trails is an educational and visual experience, but we also offer a variety of programs to help visitors deepen their knowledge of trees and botany and meet fellow nature-lovers in the community. Guided tours on the weekends are a great way to learn about trees in small portions. Take a class to hone skills in topics like conifer or bird identification, botanical illustration, or learn about plant evolution. For kids and families, we offer ongoing programs like preschool walks and Family Forest Days, as well as special events.
Want to stay in the loop about upcoming classes and events? Sign up to get Hoyt’s monthly e-newsletter in your inbox.
For the enjoyment and safety of all the visitors to our collection, we urge you to observe the following rules:
- No alcoholic beverages may be consumed in Portland Public Parks without a permit. A permit allows only beer and wine.
- No smoking of any type is permitted in Portland Public Parks.
- Collecting of plant material is forbidden without a permit. Contact our curator to discuss the permit process.
- Self-contained barbeques, on legs 6″ or longer, are allowed only in the Stevens Pavilion picnic shelter.
- All garbage must be removed.
- Dogs are allowed only on leash. Pet waste must be removed immediately.
- Bicycles are permitted on paved roads only. No bicycles are allowed on trails.
- No motorized vehicles, with the exception of scooters and wheelchairs for the disabled, are permitted on trails.
- Tree climbing is not permitted in the Arboretum.
- Drones are not allowed in the Arboretum.
Other Attractions in Washington Park
To learn more about visiting attractions around Washington Park, visit Explore Washington Park or one of the following destinations around the park:
(Please note: as of 3/15/2020, some of these destinations may be closed in respect to recommendations surrounding COVID-19. Please check before visiting.)