One of the great things about living in Portland is that it doesn't take much to find a place where you feel you've left all artifacts of the city behind. In fact, in some places like the southwest hills, it's just outside your door.
Take Marquam Nature Park, for example. With over 200 acres of undeveloped forest, it's the third largest park in Portland. Add to that over 7 miles of hiking trails, forested scenic views and native habits, and it's simply one of the best places to retreat back to nature and feel like you've completely left the city, without actually having to leave the city. And there's something for everybody, too, in terms of difficulty, from easy trails to moderate ones with steep upward climbs.
Since I live in the southwest hills, I often find myself exploring the various trails in Marquam Nature Park. It's an easy way to take a break from the day-to-day grind, clear the mind and get some exercise (and get that heart rate up) to boot.
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