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PostPosted: Thu Sep 22, 2011 9:09 pm 
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ok my husband and I are in Seattle now but just out of curiousity how to do you get to Forest Park???
we went looking for it yesterday using just google maps navigation on our phone and first we ended up in what i believe was either a town or area of pdx called Forest Park and then when i believe i selected the correct destination on google maps once we got there all we saw was a shipping area on one side and businesses on the other side.

what gives. is it like Harry Potter and platform 9 and 3/4 where i need to be a cool pdx person to find it?

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 Post subject: Re: forest park
PostPosted: Thu Sep 22, 2011 9:53 pm 
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Haha you're funny. Sorry you didn't find it, it is an amazing park. Next time!


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 22, 2011 10:12 pm 
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Tell me the secret!!!!

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 Post subject: Re: forest park
PostPosted: Fri Sep 23, 2011 10:11 am 
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I'm guessing you were in the NW industrial area. It's quite close to there. All I can tell you is that google directed me right the one time I went there. Or maybe I went to forest park's actual website and they had directions there.

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 23, 2011 10:43 am 
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There are entrances to the park scattered all over! One is where Mars said, by the industrial area, and it's tucked away in the neighborhood. If you follow Burnside west, you'll find other entrances. My favorite way to get in is by Pittock Mansion, though.


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 23, 2011 7:03 pm 
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Here you go. There are over 70 miles of trails in the park. The longest one is the Wildwood Trail, which starts right by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial (at the Washington Park & Zoo lightrail station) and heads out about 30 miles, one way. The first 4 miles or so are in WA Park, then it crosses Burnside and goes up past Pittock Mansion/Upper Macleay Park, then crosses Cornell Rd by the Audubon Society/Lower Macleay Park, and heads out into Forest Park proper. Map link below, but click on the "View Larger Map" at the bottom left, then from it the "Get Directions, upper left:
http://forestpark.businesscatalyst.com/ ... ilhead-map

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 23, 2011 7:21 pm 
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Jill wrote:
Here you go. There are over 70 miles of trails in the park. The longest one is the Wildwood Trail, which starts right by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial (at the Washington Park & Zoo lightrail station) and heads out about 30 miles, one way. The first 4 miles or so are in WA Park, then it crosses Burnside and goes up past Pittock Mansion/Upper Macleay Park, then crosses Cornell Rd by the Audubon Society/Lower Macleay Park, and heads out into Forest Park proper. Map link below, but click on the "View Larger Map" at the bottom left, then from it the "Get Directions, upper left:
http://forestpark.businesscatalyst.com/ ... ilhead-map

Actually the maps I found all suck. There are great ones around, or at least used to be, available at the Hoyt Arboretum Visitors Center in WA Park, the closest thing to a Visitors Center for Forest Park too.

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 Post subject: Re: forest park
PostPosted: Sun Sep 25, 2011 3:45 pm 
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Jill wrote:
Actually the maps I found all suck. There are great ones around, or at least used to be, available at the Hoyt Arboretum Visitors Center in WA Park, the closest thing to a Visitors Center for Forest Park too.


There are a few ways to get a great FP map through the Art of Geography website. You can sign up to become a beta tester for the latest version of their maps, you can buy a book that contains the maps or you can get a poster/map from them. Or you could have downloaded the free PDFs they had available on this website last year. :(

Portland Monthly magazine did a great issue about Forest Park a few months ago too. It came with a bunch of hike suggestions and a pretty decent (if artsy) pull out map for those hikes. Here's a link to the article on their website and a downloadable version of the map!


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