Paved Trails

Paved Trails

The trails at Hoyt Arboretum are a combination of paved, packed dirt, and gravel, and some routes include stairs, steep grades, and exposed roots. There are 3 fully-paved trails listed below. Click on the trail names below to learn more about each one’s surface type and other features.

Overlook Trail – ½ mile of paved trail (one-way)

This trail takes you above the Visitor Center and offers vistas of Mount St. Helens and Mt. Rainier on a clear day. The Overlook Trail is marked in green on the trail map.

Bristlecone Pine Trail — ½ mile of paved trail (one-way)

This trail passes through a quieter part of the Arboretum. The trees here are arranged geographically rather than by taxonomy (plant family). Exhibits include Chile and South America, Northeastern Carolina Hardwood, Korea, China, Japan, Pacific Northwest, Siskiyou, and Europe. The Bristlecone Pine trail is marked in brown on the trail map.

Visitor Center Loop 1/10 mile of paved trail

This passes under the shady Beech and Oak collections and our Visitor Center alpine garden. Follow the gray connector trail around the Visitor Center on the trail map.


Shuttle Stops and Trail Access

The Washington Park Free Shuttle is wheelchair accessible and drops off/picks up from the Hoyt Arboretum Visitor Center at 4000 SW Fairview Blvd. The Overlook Trail and Visitor Center Loop are both accessible directly from the shuttle stop.

The paved section of the Bristlecone Pine Trail is not currently on the shuttle route, and is only accessible from the small parking lot on Fischer Lane which has 2 accessible parking spaces with an access aisle in between. As of the summer of 2023, Hoyt Arboretum Friends and Portland Parks and Recreation has initiated the Bristlecone Pine Trail- ADA Accessibility Improvement Project. This will improve the paved section of this trail as well as create paved trail connections from the main Visitor Center parking lots and the shuttle stop. Learn more and get involved!


For more information about Visitor Center hours, parking, public transit, the Free Washington Park Shuttle, and other amenities, see our Plan Your Visit page.

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