Lower Macleay

Portland, OR
Length: 2.30 mi.
Type: Out & Back

About This Trail

[Total: 2    Average: 5/5]

Lower Macleay is home to the first ever Hike it Baby hike, EVER! Really. This is the trail I took my son Mason on during his first few weeks of life and then on week 3, met a few women to hike at. Why this trail is a winner for Hike it Baby families is that it’s short, has a gradual climb, is well trafficked and in the middle of town. It’s a great trail for new parents who are nervous about getting out there with the baby.

Another reason we love this trail is that it has all of the classic NW elements. Deep green moss on the trees, a creek running alongside it and it even has a fun “witches” castle in the middle of it. This is an old stone structure from the 50s that was reportedly once a bathroom and now an old house that parents like to tell stories about, creating a more magical hike.


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Trail Features

Stroller friendly No
ADA accessible No
Water fountains Yes
Bathrooms No
Pet friendly Yes
Nearby convenience store Yes
Camping Nearby No
Emergency support
within 5 miles

Trail highlights

Mud Puddles, Natural Play Area, Picnic Area, and Shelter

This is a popular trail because in the middle of it there is the Witch’s Castle that’s fun for kids to play around and check out. This is an urban site, so be aware of broken glass and other things you might not want kids to play in.

There are lots of fun bridges to cross, logs to climb around and stumps to sit and nurse on. This is a great beginner trail if you are just getting going and hiking.

Trail Contributor

[Total: 2    Average: 5/5]

Shanti Hodges is the Founder of Hike it Baby. Shanti started the organization in Portland, OR in 2013 so she could find friends to hike with. It quickly caught on locally and people started contacting her to help develop hike communities that were baby and toddler focused in other cities. To further support her mission to get families outside, Shanti wrote a book “Hike it Baby: 100 Awesome Outdoor Adventures with Babies and Toddlers.” She is committed to getting local and national parks to be more aware of how they can better support families with babies and newly walking children. Shanti lives in Southern Utah with her husband and son. In her spare time she’s a hike guide and hosts women’s hike retreats


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