Aerial Tram & Council Crest

Aerial Tram

  • Easy (to Marquam shelter)
  • 1.8-mile loop
  • 450 feet elevation gain
  • Open all year (tram closed on Sundays)


  • Easy (to Council Crest)
  • 4.2-mile loop
  • 480 feet elevation gain

Include a ride on the Portland Aerial Tram as part of a loop hike into Portland’s wooded hills. You ride the tram for free if you take the longer “Four Ts” loop—named because it uses a trail, a tram, a trolley (the Portland Streetcar), and a train (the MAX light rail). The tram runs 9am to 5pm on Saturdays and 5:30am to 9:30pm on weekdays. Don’t plan this trip when the tram is closed on holidays! Sundays from May to September the tram runs only from 1-5pm.

For a quick, kid-friendly hike, take …