The 4T can be started at any point along the loop. The four-miles on hiking trails and the combined rides on the tram, trolley, and train take between three and four hours to complete. Near the trolley stop in front of downtown’s Central Library are over a dozen restaurants plus nearby food carts, so you can grab a bite after building a healthy appetite.
The hiking segment is roughly four miles depending on your route. A Tri-Met pass lasting 2 1/2 hours costs $2.50 ($1.25 for youths, and $1.25 for seniors) and will cover riding the MAX Light Rail (the train) and Portland Street Car(the trolley). Descending on the Portland Aerial Tram from OHSU to the South Waterfront is free, though ascending it, as you’ll do if you walk the 4T clockwise, costs $4.70 with children under 6 riding free. Wear good shoes, as portions of the trail can be muddy during the wetter seasons. On the Train, Trolley and Tram, unless it’s a service animal, your pet must be kept in a carrier.
Note: The Tram does not run on Sundays in winter (the last 2017 Sunday tram is Sept 10) or on national holidays. See www.gobytram.com for tram schedules and fares.
The 4T is marked with interpretive signs at each decision point and bidirectional wayfinding signs along the routes, so you only need to decide where to start the loop, and the rest is simple.
The following guides help you along the 4T’s routes, and enhance the trip with information about its sights, sounds, and landmarks. Just choose where you’re starting from and you’re good to go!
So, where do you want to begin? Here are the four main access points to the 4T and the sights you’ll encounter in either direction from each point.
Downtown To the Zoo by Train || To the South Waterfront by Trolley
The Zoo To OHSU by Trail || To Downtown by Train
OHSU To the South Waterfront via Tram || To the Zoo via Trail
South Waterfront To Downtown by Trolley || To OHSU by Tram