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Mt. Talbert (Autumn 2018)

Directions: There are multiple parking areas for Mt. Talbert, we chose the main Mather Road Trailhead. To get to this trailhead take I-205 to the Sunnyside Road exit, go East on Sunnyside Road and take a right on 97th. 97th turns into Mather Road and the trailhead is on the right.

There are a lot of intersecting trails on Mt. Talbert but there are posts with a map on each one. For this hike we chose to go about halfway around the Park Loop Trail and then up and over the West Ridge Trail.

From the parking lot head up the dirt and rock trail, you will switchback a couple times and come to an intersection. Go left on the Park Loop Trail and follow it to the next junction where you continue to stay on the Park Loop Trail. At the third intersection go right uphill on the West Ridge Trail. After you get to to the top of the hill stay straight and you’ll head downhill into a more open area with large oak trees and a section of boardwalk.

   

At your next intersection you’ll be back at the Park Loop Trail, go left here and follow it back a short distance to the trail you came up on from the parking lot.

      

There isn’t anything special about this hike but it’s a great option if you don’t have much time or you don’t feel like driving very far. We’re pretty lucky to have a lot of urban hiking options in Portland and the surrounding cities!

      

Distance: 2.25 miles (easy)

Elevation: 300 feet (easy)

Pet Friendly: Yes

Good For: All ages

Bathrooms: Yes at the parking area

Parking Fee: None

Seasons: All

Popular: Yes

Warnings: None

Mt. Talbert (Autumn)

Directions: There are multiple parking areas for Mt. Talbert, we chose the main Mather Road Trailhead. To get to this trailhead take I-205 to the Sunnyside Road exit, go East on Sunnyside Road and take a right on 97th. 97th turns into Mather Road and the trailhead is on the right.

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From the trailhead the trail immediately starts uphill with two long switchbacks that take you to an intersection. Go left and get on the Park Loop Trail. You will stay on this trail and loop all the way around the mountain and end up right back at this junction where you head back down to your car.

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The trail is well maintained and very well marked. There are multiple junctions on this hike but they all have little posts with maps and trail markers. There aren’t any great views or anything special about this hike. It’s just a nice little hike with Doug Fir, Trillium and lots of Sword Fern.

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Distance: 3 miles

Elevation: 460 feet

Difficulty: Moderate

Pet Friendly: No, dogs are not allowed.

Good For: All ages

Bathrooms: Yes

Parking Fee: None

Seasons: All

Popular: No

Overall: Nice urban hike, would be great if you don’t have time to get out of the city.