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Hoyt Arboretum

Arboretum
Hoyt Arboretum Redwood Grove
A museum of living trees. Founded in 1928 to conserve endangered species and educate the community, Hoyt Arboretum encompasses 190 ridge-top acres and 12 miles of hiking trails just minutes from downtown Portland.
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Bristlecone Pine Trail - ADA Accessibility Improvements Project

The Bristlecone Pine trail is a regional draw with recognition in hiking guidebooks. Increasing access and connection to nature at Hoyt Arboretum will support a broader community providing safe, barrier-free, and welcoming ADA access to trails, including access to unique environmental and conservation activities..

This project is funded by the 2019 Metro Regional Parks & Nature Bond Local Share and will renovate the existing 1-mile out and back trail and the parking lot that serves as a trailhead.

Trail improvements will focus on renovating the asphalt surface, removing root heaves and cracks that create barriers to free movement for those with who utilize mobility devices, adjusting the slope to meet new ADA guidelines, creating new places for rest along the trail, and widening the trail surface where allowable.  Improvements to gathering areas and key overlooks will be made that focus on connecting people to nature in more meaningful ways and prioritizes people with varying abilities.

learn more about this project on the new project page: 

https://www.portland.gov/parks/construction/bristlecone-pine-trail

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The Bristlecone Pine Trail project updates will be provided, on the project website, every 30 to 60 days. Entering your email address here will ensure that you are included on an email alert every time PP&R provides a project update.

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 The City of Portland ensures meaningful access to City programs, services, and activities to comply with Civil Rights Title VI and ADA Title II laws and reasonably provides: translation, interpretation, modifications, accommodations, alternative formats, auxiliary aids, and services. To request these services, contact 503-823-2525, or for Relay Service or TTY: 711. 

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For details about Hoyt Arboretum, please visit hoytarboretum.org

Year acquired
1922
Size in acres
153.01
History

During National Forestry Week in 1928, the Forestry Committee of the Chamber of Commerce convinced the City Council to establish an arboretum in Washington Park to preserve evergreens for educational and recreational purposes. Multnomah County gave the Parks Bureau perpetual use of approximately 145 acres of land north of Washington Park for this purpose. It was named Hoyt Arboretum in honor of Ralph Warren Hoyt, the county commissioner who championed the formation of the arboretum.

Most of the collection is arranged in family groups: all the oaks are in one area and all of the redwoods are in another. Grouping by scientific classification, or taxonomic arrangement, was in vogue when the Arboretum was first laid out. In the 1930s, planners decided to use Fairview Boulevard to divide the conifers from the deciduous trees: conifers were planted on the west side and deciduous trees on the east.

Hoyt Arboretum’s plant collection contains 6,000 individual trees and shrubs, representing 2,000 different species from around the world. A publically available database allows the user to search for plants by family genus, species, common name and location in the arboretum. Plant Database

Accessibility Notes

Parking for cars is very limited in Washington Park, especially during warm, sunny weekends. About 40% of all visitors skip the parking and arrive by rideshare, walking, biking, or using TriMet transit service. Once you’re in the park, use the free seasonal shuttle to explore the park.

Reservations available

  • Picnic site
  • Wedding site

Make a reservation through the customer service center

Park Location or Entrance

4000 SW Fairview Blvd
Portland, OR 97221

Located within

Open hours

Park hours: 5:00am-9:30pm.

The parking lot and access roads are closed at 9:30pm.

To reserve a picnic area, call 503-823-2525. Picnic Site Maps and Info

Upcoming construction

Past construction

Expected Grand Opening July/August 2024

Park amenities/activities

Accessible Picnic Area
Accessible Restroom
Gift Shop
Pay to Park
Picnic Shelter
Visitor Attraction
Paths (Paved)
Paths (Unpaved)
Trails (Hiking)

Park policy

  • All dogs must be leashed in this park.

City section

Downtown