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48 mi 77 km of trail 3 Recommended Routes

Easy Trails 6 Trails Intermediate Trails 28 Trails Hard Trails 1 Trail

Large (about 5,000 acres) natural park in Portland with roughly 30 miles of dirt/gravel roads and 30 miles of trails. Most roads are open to bikes, while trails are generally only open to pedestrians. The following Forest Park roads are currently open to bicyclists: Leif Erikson Road, Saltzman Road, Springville Road, BPA Road, Newton Road, and Firelanes 1, 3, 5, 10, 12, 15 & Holman Lane (uphill only). All trails (except bit of Firelane 5 above Leif) and other roads in Forest Park are closed to bicycles.

Dogs are allowed on-leash.

Forest Park is a welcome large natural-feeling space in Portland, but was logged in Portland's early days so is largely second-growth and successional vegitation, not the big trees and open under-story that you'll find in an old-growth forest. It is also affected in many areas by invasive species including blackberry, ivy, and holly. Both roads and trails can be muddy in the wet times of year.

Visiting Tips

The roads are muddy during and immediately after rain. The main road, Leif Erikson Drive, can be crowded on nice weekend days near the Thurman Gate entrance, and there are many blind corners, so check your speed as appropriate.

For quality mountain biking you have to drive well out of Portland to the coast range, Mt. Hood, Mt. St. Helens, etc.

Recommended Routes in Forest Park - 3

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Favorite A couple start up the Birch Trail after leaving the Wildwood.
Intermediate

Wildwood Trail - National Recreation Trail

29.4 mi 47.3 km 2,345' Up 714.63 m Up 2,425' Down 739.05 m Down

West Ha…, OR
Favorite A runner comes to the lower end of Fire Lane 3.
Intermediate

Super Maple

10.7 mi 17.2 km 894' Up 272.52 m Up 897' Down 273.55 m Down

West Haven, OR
Favorite A woman takes some time at lunch to run the Dogwood Trail. Photo by Bill Cunningham
Intermediate

Nature Trail / Wild Cherry Loop

8.1 mi 13.1 km 1,071' Up 326.31 m Up 1,063' Down 323.97 m Down

Portland, OR

Trails in Forest Park - 32

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1.0 mi 1.5 km #1Dogwood Trail
Intermediate
West Haven, OR
Intermediate
West Haven, OR
3.9 mi 6.2 km #2Saltzman Road
Easy/Intermediate
West Haven, OR
Easy/Intermediate
West Haven, OR
0.5 mi 0.8 km #3Linnton Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Cedar Mill, OR
Intermediate/Difficult
Cedar Mill, OR
1.5 mi 2.5 km #4Northwest Firelane 12
Intermediate/Difficult
Cedar Mill, OR
Intermediate/Difficult
Cedar Mill, OR
0.9 mi 1.4 km #5Firelane 5
Intermediate
West Haven, OR
Intermediate
West Haven, OR
0.8 mi 1.3 km #6Lower Macleay Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Portland, OR
Easy/Intermediate
Portland, OR 12 
11.6 mi 18.6 km #7NW Leif Erikson Drive Trail
Intermediate
Cedar Mill, OR
Intermediate
Cedar Mill, OR
3.4 mi 5.5 km #8Maple Trail
Intermediate
West Haven, OR
Intermediate
West Haven, OR
1.3 mi 2.1 km #9Ridge Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
West Haven, OR
Intermediate/Difficult
West Haven, OR
0.6 mi 0.9 km #10Hardesty Trail
Intermediate
Cedar Mill, OR
Intermediate
Cedar Mill, OR
0.5 mi 0.8 km #11Chestnut Trail
Intermediate
West Haven, OR
Intermediate
West Haven, OR
1.1 mi 1.7 km #12Wild Cherry Trail
Intermediate
Portland, OR
Intermediate
Portland, OR
2.1 mi 3.5 km #13BPA Road
Difficult
Oak Hills, OR
Difficult
Oak Hills, OR
0.9 mi 1.5 km #14Holman Lane
Intermediate/Difficult
Portland, OR
Intermediate/Difficult
Portland, OR
0.9 mi 1.4 km #15Nature Trail
Intermediate
West Haven, OR
Intermediate
West Haven, OR
2.6 mi 4.2 km #16Firelane 1
Intermediate
West Haven, OR
Intermediate
West Haven, OR
0.5 mi 0.9 km #17Firelane 4
Intermediate/Difficult
West Haven, OR
Intermediate/Difficult
West Haven, OR
2.3 mi 3.7 km #18Newton Road
Intermediate
Cedar Mill, OR
Intermediate
Cedar Mill, OR
0.7 mi 1.1 km #19Fire Lane 7
Easy
West Haven, OR
Easy
West Haven, OR
0.8 mi 1.3 km #20Upper MacLeay Trail
Intermediate
Portland, OR
Intermediate
Portland, OR

Photos of Forest Park - 73

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Framed by moss-covered vine maple trees, two people stop to enjoy the view along Balch Creek.
Jan 27, 2016 near Portland, OR
A runner pauses with his dog on Fire Lane 2.
Nov 15, 2015 near West Haven, OR
A runner comes to the lower end of Fire Lane 3.
Nov 15, 2015 near West Haven, OR
A woman takes some time at lunch to run the Dogwood Trail. Photo by Bill Cunningham
Aug 27, 2015 near West Haven, OR
A runner makes his way along the Maple Trail. The trail is very popular as it runs a little over three miles through the heart of Forest Park. It is very diverse in its offerings of elevation change and varied flora and fauna.
Nov 9, 2015 near West Haven, OR
A beautiful, gnarled tree seen along the Wildwood Trail.
Nov 6, 2015 near Cedar Mill, OR
A runner jogs up the Birch Trail with a scenic ravine by his side.
Oct 28, 2015 near West Haven, OR
A couple start up the Birch Trail after leaving the Wildwood.
Oct 28, 2015 near West Haven, OR