Lower Macleay Trail

The Lower Macleay Trail is an oasis in the city. The trail follows Balch Creek along the floor of Balch Canyon. The creek is one of the few remaining perennial creeks in the City that support a healthy aquatic habitat.

photo: Stone structure in Macleay Park. Photo by Finetooth wiki.

Length: 0.86 miles
Loop Trail? No
Type: Fitness Trail, Nature Trail, Urban Trail
Allowed Uses: Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Agency: City, Town, or County
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

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Location: Forest Park, National Portland
State(s): Oregon
Counties: Multnomah
Longitude: -122.71248
Latitude: 45.5359

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Description

The Lower Macleay Trail is an oasis in the city. The trail follows Balch Creek along the floor of Balch Canyon. The creek is one of the few remaining perennial creeks in the City that support a healthy aquatic habitat. Balch creek is home to a population of native cutthroat trout. The trail is located in Forest Park, which is the largest forested urban park in the nation. Due to its close proximity to a densely populated area, the trail is a major access route in to the Park and it's 80 mile trail system. The trail is one of, if not the most used trail in the Park. The first 300 yards of the trail is handicapped accessible and ends with an overlook above the creek. The other end of the .86 mile trail connects with the Wildwood Trail, which was granted NRT designation in 1974. At the junction stands a 1930's WPA project commonly called the Stone House. Though now dilapidated, the building once served as a visitors center but now best serves as fodder for local legends. Though the trail is less than a mile it traverses a full Northwestern conifer temperate rainforest. Mature western red cedar, western hemlock, big-leaf maple, vine maple, red alder and especially Douglas fir thrive in the cool, moist canyon. Standing at 241', one of the Douglas firs is the tallest urban tree in the nation. All of this is less than two miles from downtown Portland. The trail's proximity gives all of the city:s population an easily accessible escape from the city into a remarkable forest.

Additional Details

Width: 36 inches.
Primary Surface: Soil, compacted
Secondary Surface: None
Average Grade: 10%
Maximum Grade: 16%
Elevation Low Point: 100
Elevation High Point: 450
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:
2004

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Website: Macleay Trail

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Portland Parks and Recreation
1120 SW 5th Ave. Ste. 1302
Portland , OR 97205
(503) 823-7529
pkweb@ci.portland.or.us
http://www.parks.ci.portland.or.us/Default.htm

Ms. Gregg Everhart
Landscape Architech
City of Portland, Parks & Recreation
Planing , Portland P&R
1120 SW Fifth Ave. RM. 1302
Portland , OR 97221
(503) 823-6009
pkgregg@ci.portland.or.us
http://www.parks.ci.portland.or.us/Default.htm

 

Photos

Stone structure in Macleay Park. Photo by Finetooth wiki.

Stone structure in Macleay Park. Photo by Finetooth wiki.

Waterfall on Balch Creek in Macleay Park. Photo by Finetooth wiki.

Waterfall on Balch Creek in Macleay Park. Photo by Finetooth wiki.

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