The Hoyt Arboretum, former site of a “poor farm” (the predecessor to Edgefield), displays a variety of coniferous and deciduous trees, including most native varieties from the Pacific Northwest as well as other North American species and a selection of exotics. Since the Arboretum has been going since 1928, many of the trees are mature specimens and represent over 1,000 species. As evidenced by the trail names, the area of the arboretum west of Fairview Boulevard is devoted to conifers, while the slopes to the east support an array of deciduous trees; this part of the park puts on a colorful display in the fall. A web-like arrangement of trails, at least 12 miles’ worth on 187 acres, takes you to all corners of the park, including some stands of native forest, and your options are many. The two principal places to park are at the Wildwood Trailhead just north of the Oregon Zoo and at the Hoyt Arboretum Visitor Center. This loop, taking in all the main sights of the park, is described as from the former, but there are numerous other points to begin, including via a couple of major connector trails: the Marquam from the south and the Wildwood from the north.
Fees, Regulations, etc.
- Dogs on leash
- No bicycles on trails
- Arboretum open 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
- Visitor Center open 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday – Friday; 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Saturday
- Pay for parking
- Maps: Hike Finder
- Hoyt Arboretum Trail Map (Hoyt Arboretum)
- Hoyt Arboretum Map (ExplorePDX)
- Hoyt Arboretum Friends: A World of Trees: Hoyt Arboretum (map/brochure available at Visitor Center)
- Green Trails Maps: Forest Park, Hoyt Arboretum, Washington Park #426S
- Northwest Portland Bike/Walk Map (Portland Bureau of Transportation)